Siouxsie Bytheway MSc, MBACP, MBPsS
Appointments are now being delivered online, by telephone, or dependent on personal circumstances, and with social distancing, in person face to face in both Stroud and Cheltenham. Please do feel free to contact me to discuss the best option for yourself.
Hi, I’m Siouxsie.
If you are reading this maybe you, or perhaps a loved one or child, are struggling to find your way.
Perhaps you can’t seem to be able to see the wood for the trees right now.
If so then looking for help can also be a bewildering experience, asking who can really help me or my child, who will be able to understand?
I bring a wealth of professional and personal experience to help you find your way. I have been working in the South West supporting individuals and families in a range of roles since 2004, and have been working therapeutically as a counsellor with individuals since 2014.
How Counselling can Help
The most important focus of my counselling practice is the quality of relationship that I bring to my work. Confidential, safe, warm, caring, without judgement, supportive and honest.
It is through the bringing together of my experience, training and this relationship that I hope to be able to be person who really can understand, and help you, your loved one, or child to find their own way.
To finally be able to see the wood for the trees.
Counselling can help with a wide range of difficulties, from anxiety, depression and self harm, to relationship or family difficulties, addictions, drink, drugs, gambling or sex, bereavement, managing anger, a history of violence or abuse, and the stresses we all encounter in our lives that can take the joy them. Counselling can help you to understand these difficulties and others, and look to making changes to bring greater contentment and joy into your life.
I also have significant experience supporting members LGBTQI+ community, including working with trans / non-binary individuals, their partners and parents. I am passionate about this work, and alongside my professional experience working in this area, I bring with me many years of my own lived experience.
I am available for short term focused work, to make the best use of time, or for long term work where needed.
I welcome contact by email or telephone without obligation if there are any questions you would like to ask.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced integrative counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means that I am able to work with you in a range of ways, exploring the past and it’s impact on you today, as well as more here and now approaches to tackling your difficulties. I believe that we are each and every one of us unique individuals, as such I do not use a one size fits all approach, and can instead tailor how we work to your uniqueness and needs.
I have a Foundation Degree in Counselling from Bath Spa University, completed a separate Diploma training in Counselling Children and Adolescents at Iron Mill College, Exeter, as well as additional training to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Counselling.
I have also recently completed a Master's degree in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate, my work is fully insured and I attend regular training to maintain my professional registration with the BACP.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I work with adults, young people and children from primary school age.
I offer appointments in Cheltenham and Stroud town centres, including Saturday morning and early evening appointments.
For an initial appointment to discuss counselling, for you to ask questions and decide if you would like to go ahead and work with me I charge £20 for a 45 minute appointment.
Thereafter appointments are charged as follows
Adults – 50 minute appointment £45
Young People & Children – 50 minute appointment £40
I also make a reduction in costs for those booking and paying six sessions at once.