R. Patricia Bannister MBE, Adv Diploma Counselling, Supervisor
Trisha has been an active counsellor, and clinical supervisor of both trainee and qualified practitioners for the past 8 years. Her background is as an integrative counsellor with its foundations in a person centred approach. She has undertaken additional training around depression, visible difference, bereavement (Cruse), violent and controlling behaviours, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. She is able to combine her professional background with the counselling forum and approach the many stressful and anxiety provoking situations people experience without prejudice or judgement.
In her role as supervisor she has mentored students enrolled on a variety of diploma/degree courses, as well as qualified counsellors, whose training has its foundations in behavioural, person centred, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytical therapy.
She has been actively involved in Women's Aid both as a counsellor and latterly as a supervisor for 30years and has developed a deep understanding of the plight in which both women and men find themselves. She approaches this through an honest, caring, empathetical and empowering approach.
In her role as a Consultant Nurse, she was a front line counsellor for families, couples and children affected by cleft lip and palate, other genetic anomalies, and the loss of a child. She has many years of experience in clinical discontent and negligence, bereavement, marital readjustment, feeding and eating difficulties in infants and children, and has been successful in helping users, carers and parents to overcome a variety of difficulties.
Bereavement is always an inevitable but difficult experience for all of us whether the loss is of a child, partner or relationship. Most of us need help to work through the inevitable emotions and rekindle inner strengths that enable us to reframe our lives. She has extensive experience in supporting those going through loss and bereavement, whether the loss of a infant, child or adult and has undergone Cruse training
Work place counselling for colleagues and the multidisciplinary team formed part of her role.
She is passionate about any service she provides and believes in counselling therapies as an effective healer allowing clients to move towards resolution.
Training, qualifications & experience
R Patricia Bannister. MSc., RN., SCM., HV, Adv Diploma Nursing, Adv. Diploma in Counselling, PGC Clinical Supervision.
Trisha is a qualified nurse, midwife, health visitor, registered counsellor and clinical supervisor with BACP.
She has led an active working life using her training and knowledge of cultural and social diversity in an integrated way to provide care and therapy within a variety of situations. In her younger days she worked as a public health nurse and midwife in Northern Canada and Thailand and gained a immense knowledge about the effects of culture and nationality from the people for whom she cared.
Her interest in counselling had its foundations in her work with both Women's Aid, and families affected by the birth of a child with unanticipated congenital problems. She has been involved as a volunteer with Women's Aid and through counselling has been able to empower many women to proceed to independent lives. Her work in the National Health Service has been based on her caring professional approach and experience, she believes in the power of self actualisation given the right environment.
She qualified both as a counsellor and clinical supervisor from Manchester University. She has completed the Cruse Bereavement training, mindfulness and a short course in CBT.
She has supervised both students counsellors and qualified counsellors over the past 9 years and takes immense pleasure in being part of their journey to becoming qualified and effective therapists. She also has undertaken a great deal of work place supervision and counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
infant/childhood feeding and eating difficulties
clinical trauma in health care
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
Trisha works from home but is happy to arrange venues nearer to clients home/work if at all available and possible. She is available during the day and early evening until 7pm.
She is able to offer an initial consultation of 1/2hour at £20, but thereafter a £40 (couples £50) fee for a 1 hour session and £50 for 1½ hours .
Hourly rate £40
She is unable to accept cheques but is happy to accept cash or a bank transfer prior to the appointment.
She is bound by the ethical code of practice BACP and holds valid insurance.
I have only recently asked therapy clients if they would be willing to allow me to share their thoughts and comments around their counselling experience with me. Confidentiality is maintained by not revealing the identities.
" I came in confusion, you listened, provided me a safe space and brought out strengths I had forgotten I had. I was quickly able with your help to take back control over my life, whilst accepting that this journey will continue. Thank you so much" 6 sessions
"Thank you so much for your help and professionalism. My friends have told me I'm a different person but my family have said "welcome back". You've helped see thoughts and behaviours of myself, friends and family in a different way and have helped identify negative thoughts and remould them towards the positive" 12 sessions
"As a man, coming to a female counsellor was very difficult as my issues were around relationships. Why did I worry. Trisha put me at ease at the first session and I was surprised how easily I was able to disclose thoughts and feelings I have never been able to tell anyone.
Once this happened I began to move forward in life" 8 sessions
"Ive had counselling before but didn't find it helpful. This time was different. You treated me as an individual and didn't try to fit me into one kind of therapy. You understood the nature of my medical problem and with you I was able to unpick my anxieties and understand how they were effecting my physical health. Im now living in the here and now challenging my negative thoughts and learning to accept myself rather than change me" 12 sessions
" I came to you with no way out of my bereavement. You helped me accept my loss and with you I was able to begin to look to the future, develop new and old friendships and find a new strength and confidence. Thank you from the bottom of my heart" 6months
" As a couple neither of us had had counselling before and were anxious about coming but we did and Im so glad. We hadn't spoken to each other except for grunts for 3months and thought this was the end of the line.
You listened, we listened to each other and with your help we gradually started to communicate and I think it had been the first time we felt safe enough to voice what we really felt. You helped us look at issues from the each others perspective. We needn't have felt anxious it was empowering. Many many thanks, you help us to get back on track" 6 sessions
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and early evening
Types of client
Supervision & training
Trisha has a PGC Clinical Supervision from Manchester University. She has supervised students counsellors and qualified therapists, on placement/volunteering with Womens Aid, and working in Private Practice.View supervision profile