Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
162 Gloucester Road

Rookery Road
Upper Knowle

0117 9830484 / 07702 188676

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
162 Gloucester Road

Rookery Road
Upper Knowle

0117 9830484 / 07702 188676

About me



It's daunting to start looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist.
This page begins to explain how our work together will be safe and productive. My website will give you much more information too, if you need it.

I am a compassionate & wholehearted therapist with accredited experience & in depth training. I provide a safe, quiet, confidential environment, where you can explore the way you feel about how your life is right now. This process helps you to understand and reduce your anxiety and feelings of sadness, grief and depression. It improves your personal relationships, and will help you to feel better about yourself and your life. The patterns in which you may feel stuck may be explored and overcome here.

Since I began my training and work in counselling in 1996, my work has been with children and adults of all ages from varying backgrounds, cultures and with a wide range of life experiences. I have worked individually, in families, and in group and couple psychotherapy.

At the moment I work only with individual adults (16+), from my private therapy room on the edge of Totterdown/ Upper Knowle/ Arnos Vale, close to the A37 Wells Road, and also from a clinic in BS7 Bishopston, on the Gloucester Road.

I also work in groups. with people who over eat/ binge-eating disorder. Please register your interest below (Further information, below 'Body Centred Psychotherapy')

Main counselling and psychotherapy issues worked with

The areas that I work with on a daily basis are:
anxiety, feeling sad, depression, grief, family issues, relationship (or lack of) issues, abandonment, codependency, divorce/separation and self confidence. I also work regularly on the subject of binge eating.


How counselling or psychotherapy work

Counselling and psychotherapy help you to explore and resolve your emotional and relationship difficulties.
The way you feel, and the relationship issues that you experience, often relate to trust and safety concerns, unclear boundaries, communication problems and low self esteem. These can come from unresolved family experiences, or recent or past experience of trauma. 
What you experience in life can leave you with negative unconscious beliefs, thought patterns, and habitual behaviours, that you can find yourself stuck and unhappy in.
Counselling or psychotherapy with me can help you to understand yourself, and replace your unhealthy patterns with a confidence, and more positive patterns and practices. This, in turn, helps you to develop a richer life and more satisfying relationships.

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

Therapeutic Approach/ Theoretical Background

Because I have trained in many different kinds of therapy and worked with lots of different issues, my therapeutic approach is eclectic and flexible, and will be different for each person. This develops organically in response to your natural reactions and needs.

I am influenced by my experience and training in more traditional psychotherapies, such as Person-Centered counselling, Gestalt, Psychodynamics, Attachment theory, Cognitive-Behavioural and Family Systems therapy. However, my foundation is in body oriented psychotherapy. With a background in Art History and training in Sandplay, Child Therapy and Visualisation, I am also interested in creative expression.

Roughly (and very simply) in translation, this means that a lot of different perspectives may be employed to understand your situation and what might help.  We could be working on a cognitive level with practical exercises to replace negative thinking with positive, or on a deeper relational level to understand the cause of your negativity and what might shift it. There will generally always be a focus on your body's experience. This can get to the heart of a matter very quickly.

Counselling or psychotherapy?

It is not my place here to accurately explain the much debated difference between psychotherapy and counselling.

Briefly, a psychotherapist may be presumed to have had more experience and more training. A psychotherapist may also be expected to work at more depth, and with transference, countertransference, and the dynamics of the clients' relationships, reflected in the dynamics of the client's relationship with the psychotherapist (the 'therapeutic relationship.' )

Our work may be classed as counselling or psychotherapy.
The depth at which we work and for how long will be dictated by your level of interest and awareness. Depth may be offered to you, but what you actually want to do, and are ready to work with and through, is the only predictor of whether our work follows the traditional label of counselling or psychotherapy. This will be naturally worked out between us, in most cases without even talking about the label.

In short, 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 understanding of yourself.

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.

- The Buddhist Centre. 162 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Bristol. BS7 8NT.      Buses run frequently up and down the Gloucester Road. 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.

Continuing Professional Development

In 2017 I attended workshops on the subjecy of trauma, and, separately, Hakomi Mindfulness body centred psychotherapy training. This is a gentle but powerful approach towards self acceptance and compassion.
In 2013 and 2014 I studied practitioner training for delivering workshops in 'understanding your eating.' The emphasis here was on understanding the emotional side of binge eating and overeating.
Also in 2013 I took two weekend trainings in Moaiku (The psychological function of muscles; tightening and relaxing etc.) The workshops focussed on resources for dealing with emotional distress, attachment and trauma.
In 2012 I studied disordered eating, including training in working with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
In 2012 I also completed a training in working with disability.

Other work and training

Tutor of an Introduction to Counselling Certificate course, at Filton Community College, Bristol, in 2007.
CPD Hakomi Certificate, 2005;
Placement counselling Domestic Violence Survivors. 2001-2003;
Addiction referral service and counselling. 2000
Groupwork Therapy Skills, 1999;
Diploma Counselling, 1998;
Voluntary and paid work with Cruse (bereavement), On The Level (a young people's centre) and Marina High School. 1997- 1998;
RSA Person Centred Counselling Skills, 1996.


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

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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

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£53 (day)/£57 (eve) 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.

£60 The Buddhist Centre. 162 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Bristol. BS7 8NT

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Further information

Specialisation: 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.

For other sources of information about this type of therapy see my Resources page:

The Understanding Your Eating Programme

Sick of diets?

The Understanding Your Eating Programme is designed for people who are aware that their over-eating is driven by emotions, rather than hunger.

Want to gain control?

The programme does not offer dieting, exercise advice, or products. It is based on the assumption that the vast majority of those who are overweight, or suffer from disordered eating, know what it is that they should be doing. The problem lies in doing it, and in continuing to do it in the future.

The conclusion is that very many of us are soothing ourselves with food on a daily basis. Our culture provides us with more food than we know what to do with, and we have found out how to use it to comfort ourselves. Unfortunately that ‘comfort’ turns out not to be so comforting after all, if we use it too much. We can put on too much weight, which creates problems, both physical, and in terms of self-esteem.

Want to feel better about yourself?

The Understanding your Eating Programme is based on current research. It aims to help you think about how you use food, so that you can be better placed to choose how you use food in the future.. You will learn to have much better ways of managing your feelings, and will be less tempted to use food to comfort yourself. You will become more confident, with better self esteem and a better body image. You will find that food becomes much less of an anxiety and no longer dominates your thinking.
Doing this course has the potential to change your life.
Shelley Treacher is a licensed practitioner of the Understanding your Eating programme, developed by Julia Buckroyd.

***** Register your interest here: *****


The Introduction to the Understanding Your Eating Programme consists of a series of five seminars usually conducted weekly and lasting one and a half hours. The seminars have the following titles:
Seminar 1 Eating is not just about hunger!

Seminar 2 Eating to manage feelings

Seminar 3 Self esteem and how it helps you look after yourself better

Seminar 4 Improving body esteem

Seminar 5 Using people instead of food to get you through the day
The second part of the Programme consists of nine free standing modules, each consisting of four seminars, usually conducted weekly and lasting one and a half hours (one hour online).

Module 1 Emotional Eating

Module 2 Feelings

Module 3 Motivation and Empowerment for Change

Module 4 Food monitoring and choice

Module 5 Activity

Module 6 Self Nurture

Module 7 Relationships

Module 8 Self Esteem

Module 9 Body Esteem
You can do both parts of the Programme in a group.An Introduction group has no more than 12 people; the further modules have no more than 8. Each group is psycho-educational and confidential. If you would rather not be in a group you can do the Programme one-to-one.

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 or less 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, BS7 8NT
Bristol, BS4 2DS

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Initial consultation or regular appointments available .

Types of client