Hi, I'm Shauna and I've developed Bristol Counselling Outdoors, for adults and young people (16+) who feel talking in a natural space (private woodland) could be helpful. For more information please see the video at the end.
It's often difficult to appreciate our uniqueness. Our life experience can cause us pain and complicate how we feel about ourselves, other people and life in general. It can also create punishing expectations. I remain open to hearing what is important to you and I won’t make judgements or assumptions. I also believe that given the right circumstances, everyone has the capacity to feel more content and fulfilled in their lives.
My counselling approach is underpinned by person-centred values of empathy, acceptance and authenticity. I use mindfulness, and enjoy working creatively. My counselling work outdoors has been influenced by Martin Jordan and Nick Totton. I feel very positive about the impact that counselling can have and I'm passionate about making it accessible and inclusive.
I am especially interested and experienced in work around:
- Loss and Bereavement;
- Work Related Stress;
- Perfectionism and Self-Criticism;
- Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment:
- Change, Uncertainty and Transitions.
I also have lots of experience working with:
- Depression and Low Mood
- Stress and Anxiety
- Confidence and Self-worth
- Relationship issues
I have over 17 years experience of offering counselling, supervision and counselling training in many different settings, including health centres, mental health charities, local authority employee assistance and student counselling services.
You may feel you need some short or longer term counselling. We can discuss this in your first appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the following relevant qualifications:
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the University of Bristol
- Foundation in Health Promotion
- Foundation in Dance Movement Therapy
- BSc Hons Sociology and Applied Social Studies ( including a CQSW with a focus on community development)
I have practiced meditation since 2007 and regularly attend various retreats in Buddhist and secular traditions.
Accredited counsellor of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2011. This informs my commitment to ethical practice and ongoing training and professional development.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sense of belonging
Meaning and purpose in life.
From £35.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session
I offer a free 15 min phone call to us to have a conversation about what support you require. I then offer an initial session (usually via Zoom) for us to look at working together. As this is an important process and it usually takes an hour.
Weekly Counselling sessions and the initial session cost £45. Counselling Supervision and Consultative Supervision is £50 a session. Counselling sessions last 50 minutes at the Centre for Whole Health and 60 minutes in the woodland (this allows time to walk in and out of the woodland).
I offer counselling outdoors in private woodland in BS8 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings I work Wednesdays pm at BS3.
Supervision is available on mornings at either setting,
I have a limited number of discounted rate spaces for those on low incomes, students and counselling students in training.