Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

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Rookery Road
Upper Knowle

07702 188676

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Coranovirus Anxiety

When a crisis happens, all kinds of sensitivities can be triggered.

If you’re feeling:

  • Stressed, anxious, or more sensitive than usual
  • Struggling with the changes
  • Restless with the uncertainty
  • Depressed with the isolation, or
  • Claustrophobic being so close to your family all day

Having one or more counselling psychotherapy sessions can help you to:

  • Feel more connected again
  • Calm your system, so that you can take each moment as it comes
  • Be clearer, kinder, and more confident
  • Manage relationships

Sessions taking place now by telephone, and online, via Zoom

This is easy and free to install, and to use on your devices. I will set you up with a link and reminders.

Single sessions are possible, to help you let off steam with someone who gets it, at this unusual and triggering time.

Or a series of sessions will help you to manage the situation more fully.

This may be the right time to finally work through any difficulties you’ve been having.

General Overview

I specialise in working with anxiety, self confidence, loneliness, abandonment, feeling 'needy', codependency, relationship concerns, and binge, comfort eating or food addiction. I offer individual therapy and groupwork.

INDIVIDUAL ADULT PSYCHOTHERAPY for anxiety, feeling low, loneliness, relationship, family, or overeating concerns

Is stress or anxiety keeping you awake, or feeling low making you want to sleep in?

Life can be exhausting if you’ve lost your way, or were never taught what to do when you feel anxious or down. Most of us weren’t taught this.

Psychotherapy helps you to

  • Observe and understand yourself with compassion
  • Rest, recover and feel calmer
  • Manage how you feel, and feel better about yourself
  • Develop stability in your relationships and at work
  • Feel more able to recreate your life how you really want it

Counselling Psychotherapy may be taken short or long term at my private therapy room on the edge of Totterdown/ Upper Knowle/ Arnos Vale, close to the A37 Wells Road.

Main counselling and psychotherapy issues worked with

The areas that I work with on a daily basis are:
anxiety, feeling low, depression, grief, family issues, relationship (or lack of), abandonment, feeling lonely or 'needy', divorce/separation, toxic dating or relationship dynamics, self confidence, and comfort eating or binge eating disorder.

My website gives you more in depth information about how therapy might look.

You are in control of whether you are here short term for a small amount of support, or longer term for a more in depth and lasting understanding of yourself.



Are you thinking ” I don’t care!” , just before a binge?

Do you feel disappointment, shame, self disgust, or avoid people because of your eating and weight?

But you’ve tried dieting and it hasn’t worked?

Dieting alone is not effective for the emotional overeater.

The 'Understanding your eating' programme will help you:

  • Explore and understand your eating, with support
  • Learn strategies to manage your eating, and other ways to cope with how you feel
  • Gain self compassion, respect and ways to treat yourself better.
  • 1:1 sessions, or small, intimate, supportive group, to really talk about this, with people who get it.
  • Short or long term support, in person or online

Are you a comfort eater?

Watch my video below and Take my quiz:

More on understanding your comfort or binge eating below.


Initial contact welcome by text, email or telephone. 

Where your sessions will be:

- Rookery Road, Upper Knowle, Bristol. BS4 2DS.
This is very close to the Wells Road/ A37 bus routes, and not far from Templemeads Station. Parking is easy and free on street here.

Training, qualifications & experience

Main training and experience

I have been training and working in counselling and psychotherapy with individuals and groups, since 1996. I have worked in private practice in Bristol since 2003.  I graduated from my MA in Counselling Psychology in 2003. I gained my professional accreditation with the BACP in July 2014.

Referrals & Testimonials

Many of my clients, colleagues and friends have recommended my work to people they know.
Please see my website for testimonials.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as the above I have in depth experience in working with the following:

  • Fear and panic attacks
  • Grief
  • Mood swings
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Conflict Management
  • Boundaries/saying No/personal goals
  • Marriage
  • Divorce, separation.
  • Dating Confidence, being single, attracting the wrong/ right partners
  • Post natal depression and motherhood/fatherhood
  • Creative expression and inspiration
  • The lack of the above/feeling stuck or unfocussed
  • Self expression
  • Fulfilling potential and personal vitality
  • Repetitive behaviour and life patterns that you are not happy with
  • Culture and race issues
  • Weight concerns, particularly binge-eating disorder.
  • Trauma.  As well as in the above list; difficult medical history, torture, difficult birth, pre and peri-natal issues and accidents.
  • Physical disability
  • Understanding and integrating intense alternative health treatment responses (acupuncture, homeopathy, craniosacral, shamanic practice, etc..)
  • Physical tension, illness, disease and pain
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
  • ME and CFS

Photos & videos

  • Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred) image 1
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  • Do you give yourself a hard time?
  • Are you an emotional eater?
  • Shelley Treacher


£60 per hourly session In Rookery Road, Upper Knowle, Bristol. BS4 2DS.
This is very close to the Wells Road/ A37, and not far from Templemeads Station.

Understanding Your Eating Introductory Course 5 weeks.  £200/ early bird £175.

Further information

To be kept up to date with my offers, courses, and writing on binge eating, subscribe here:

Are you a comfort eater?

The Understanding your Eating programme is designed for people who are aware that their overeating is driven by emotions rather than by hunger.

This programme is not a diet programme. I will not be weighing you or telling you what to eat, or how much, or when. I think you probably know all that information already. Instead the program helps you to explore how you eat to deal with your feelings.

Dieting alone is not effective for the comfort eater.

How to get started
Contact me via the contact form here. I will then send you more information, to give you an idea of how I can help.

Ready to talk
Book a short telephone call with me if you want to connect with me first, or have questions

Ready to start
Book an assessment session. Everyone starts with an initial individual assessment session with me. Here, you can expect to receive support and be encourged to explore. You will gain some enlightenment and understanding of your eating, and how to start to tackle it. This will start to point you in the right direction.

You can work with me individually, or in a group, in person, or online.                      There is much to suggest that group work, bonding with your peers, and receiving that extra support, is the most effective way forward.

Individual 1:1
Introductory Assessment.

At my private practice rooms in Totterdown or on an internet call with camera.

If you choose to work individually with me, our sessions will be more tailored to your individual needs. Some people like to work with more structure, some people need more time to talk and explore. Both are possible here.

£60 for an hour, £90 for an hour and a half.

The 5 week programme group
Between 3 and 12 people

Three times a year, in January, April and September.

In areas around Bristol (3-6 people, at my private practice rooms in Totterdown. 7-12 people in larger venues around Bristol).

On a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening.

£200/ Early Bird £175

Ongoing Monthly Support Group
For people who have completed the 5 week programme, or who have had sessions with me.

Based around specific topics, such as  self confidence, managing feelings, self nurture, body esteem, relationship,  support, motivation, and empowerment for change.

In areas around Bristol (Up to 6 people, at my private practice rooms in Totterdown. 6-12 people in larger venues around Bristol).

£40 per session, £115  for 3 months, or £210 for 6 months.

Online group
The 5 week programme may also be taken online. Contact me for details.

For further information please contact Shelley Treacher on 07702 188676 or at

Register your interest here:


Body Centred Psychotherapy

Body centred psychotherapy relieves distress or tension, and gets to the heart of an issue very quickly.
   Having studied therapies since 1996. the most effective way I have found for relieving tension and emotional distress is body centred psychotherapy.
   This is therapy that includes the body, as well as that which other counselling approaches focus on (the patterns of the mind, emotions and behaviour), and works to relieve emotional distress through the body's experience.

How body centred psychotherapy works

Anxiety, stress, anger, sadness, fear, illness, physical pain, immobilisation, dissociation, panic attacks, inability to focus, etc.  all begin in the body. These can be overwhelming experiences and start to affect areas of a person's life, if not attended to.
Body centred psychotherapy helps you to be able to be able to handle and manage this process.  The result is much more stability, confidence and happiness.

More information on body centred psychotherapy

Please see my website for more in depth descriptions of how this therapeutic approach may help you.


Other Information

Therapy room location and transport information

Our work takes place in my private therapy room on the edge of Upper Knowle and Totterdown. This is very close to the Wells Road/ A37, and not far from Templemeads Station. This is a very quiet, comfortable space, with free parking on street or on the driveway. Rookery Road, Upper Knowle, Bristol. BS4.

The Wells Road is well served by many different bus routes.
Templemeads Station is also a walk away.

Frequency and duration of sessions

Counselling and psychotherapy sessions are usually weekly and last for an hour. It is possible to have sessions more often, or for longer than an hour.
After the initial session clients usually commit to a few sessions (4-6) at a regular time and then we review your situation.  Both short term and long term therapy is available here.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS4 2DS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Ground floor. 2 steps down to the property


Now enrolling for Online 'Understanding Your Eating' Introductory group programme.

Day time appointments available by telephone or internet call.

Types of client