Shelley Frost MBACP
Hello and thank you for looking at my profile. I hope reading this will give you some idea of how I work. I am a person-centred counsellor, counselling in Bristol and Chippenham. I am able to offer both long term and short-term counselling for however long you feel you need it, once a space is open for you, it remains that way.
How counselling can help:
I provide a safe, empathic, confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space with my warm and gentle approach, to talk through any difficulties or life concerns that you may be finding hard to face alone. I work in a person centred way, which means keeping you and what is important to you at the centre of everything we reflect on together. I also integrate other therapeutic approaches such as transpersonal which can help us explore your life from a spiritual perspective if you feel that would be helpful to you. You are in control of all the work that we do together.
What to expect in your first session:
The relationship between counsellor and client is of the upmost importance; our therapeutic relationship is where the change you’re looking for becomes possible and the power to heal is found. In order for you to ensure you find the right counsellor for you, I offer a reduced fee initial assessment lasting 45mins. If you feel I am the right person to work after the assessment session, then together we will begin that journey. Along this journey we will discover your inner strengths, we might uncover hidden patterns of relating and behaving which we will unfold and process together. We may also bring in an awareness of your spiritual self that will help you in understanding yourself better. This process can take time, so I offer an open ended form of counselling, to allow us the time we need.
I can offer help with a range of areas including:
• mental health distress
• relationship split/ending
• identity issues
• sexuality issues
• gender stereotypes
• Low self esteem and self worth
• Spiritual concerns
I like to lay down any labels you may be holding and seek to see the person underneath.
Taking the first steps of finding a counsellor can be scary. Some see it as a sign of weakness; however I see it as a sign of strength that you are strong enough to ask for help. At our first session you will have a chance to explore your expectations and goals for counselling, whilst I gain more of an understanding of what you are experiencing in life, then as long as we both feel that we can work together, we will agree further sessions from there. Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions and/or require any further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience & special areas of interest:
I have worked as a 1:1 counsellor for Olive Branch Counselling in Chippenham for the past 5 years. I also currently work with the Family Centre for Deaf Children in Bristol. This work has involved running both group and individual therapy. I have my own private practice and offer counselling in Bristol and Chippenham.
I have an interest in working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) clients and have experience as an LGBT youth support worker. I am comfortable talking through identity and gender issues and I am also able to signpost to agencies who will assist you in embracing and enhancing your sexuality/gender.
I also have an interest in working with D/deaf and hard of hearing clients, I am passionate about inclusivity for all the above and believe Deaf people should have the same access as hearing to counselling services. I am therefore learning British Sign Language (BSL level 6) to enable this to happen.
I am also a Christian; however, I do not bring in the spiritual aspect into my work unless you (my client) seeks for this to happen. I am really keen to combine my experiences and ensure I hold a space for everyone to feel safe.
Training & Professional standards:
Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I have full professional liability insurance.
I am a registered member of the BACP, so adhere to their code of ethics.
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
D/deaf, hard of hearing issues
LGBT issues - sexuality and gender
Initial assessment - Reduced fee at £25 for 50mins
Counselling sessions - £45 per hour