Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)

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Rookery Road
Upper Knowle

0117 9830484 / 07702 188676

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I offer two types of services; individual therapy with adults, and I run groups for people who experience frustration with overeating. My programme helps people to stop stress eating naturally, with peer support, and without giving up your favourite treats.

Individual adult therapy for anxiety, feeling low, loneliness, relationship, family, or overeating concerns

Are you awake at 2am, feeling stressed, anxious or unhappy?

Do you want to feel more in control, hold your head high, and approach life with confidence?

Or perhaps you want to feel less alone and have more satisfying relationships?

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
  • 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.

Understanding emotional overeating and binge eating in a group

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:

  • Learn strategies for reducing compulsive eating
  • Assimilate tools for understanding and managing your feelings
  • Gain self compassion, respect and the strength to go for what you really want in life
  • You can take the ‘Understanding your Eating’ programme in a group or individually

Are you an emotional eater?

Take my quiz to find out!

More on understanding your emotional eating below.

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, self confidence and 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 and lasting 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 Understanding Your Eating introductory course will be held at Fulcrum House,Grove Rd, Bristol BS6 6UJ.

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

I am consistently researching the latest developments in the psychotherapy field, via online training and audios. It has changed alot over the last few years!

2019 - 2023 Hakomi body centred psychotherapy training

2018 6 month training in working with relationship, dating and feeling alone.
2017 Workshops on the subject of trauma, and, separately, Hakomi Mindfulness body centred psychotherapy training. This is a gentle but powerful approach towards self acceptance and compassion.
2013 and 2014 Studied practitioner training for delivering workshops in 'understanding your eating.' The emphasis here was on understanding the emotional side of binge eating and overeating.
2013 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.
2012 Studied disordered eating, including training in working with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
2012 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.

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

  • Are you an emotional eater?
  • Shelley Treacher


£55 (day)/£60 (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.

Understanding Your Eating Introductory Course 5 weeks. Throughout the year on Thursday evenings: £200/ early bird £175.

Further information

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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. Whilst I have knowledge on nutrition and healthy eating, 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.

This programme teaches you a different way of getting through the day.

The program has been developed from research carried out by Julia Buckroyd, Emeritus Professor of Counselling of the University of Hertfordshire and Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

The introductory course is five weeks long, for 90 minutes each week.

Seminar one   – Eating is not just about hunger.
Seminar two   – Eating to manage feelings.
Seminar three – Self esteem and how it helps you look after yourself better.
Seminar four  –  Improving body esteem.
Seminar five   –  Using people instead of food to get you through your day.

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

This runs on Thursday evenings throughout the year at Fulcrum House in Redland BS6.

Register your interest here:


Should you wish to contunue your development, with experienced and educated support, the introductory course leads to a further 9 modules:

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 with me.

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: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


A few spaces available on Understanding Your Eating Introductory group in April. Daytime appointments available for individual therapy.

Types of client