Stafford Wilson MBACP, PgDip Couns.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor practising in Bristol. I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in addiction, shame-based issues, trauma and related mental health issues. I have also helped clients with depression and anxiety. I focus on the quality of the client-counsellor relationship in order to create a therapeutic partnership of trust and compassion. My approach is person-centred and also informed by psycho-dynamic and jungian theory.
Counselling is a safe space where you can talk about problems and share difficult emotions without shame or judgement. We often feel that we should be able to deal with our problems without others help. But it is often through sharing and opening up to others, that we can find the way to heal ourselves. Trauma, mental or emotional problems, disconnect us from ourselves and others. Sharing our pain and our story (in a relationship where it can be held safely) can allow us to value, respect and have compassion for all parts of ourselves (especially the parts that are hurting). This re-integration unblocks our creative/healing potential and our sense of purpose and meaning. Allowing us to accept where we our right now in our lives and transcend stuck or painful patterns of behaviour, emotions and beliefs.
Training, qualifications & experience
After 4 years training I qualified in 2012 from the University of the West of England (UWE) with a post-graduate diploma in Counselling. The course was BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited and was focussed on the person-centred approach, but also included elements of transactional analysis, psycho-dynamic and gestalt approaches. During my training I was a voluntary counsellor with the Bristol Drugs Project and the SWAN project (charities specialising in addiction) where I also completed trainings in motivational Interviewing and solution-focussed therapy.
Since qualifying I have continued to develop my practice and experience through regular weekly clients at the SWAN project in Montpelier.
My background is in support work, I have over 10 years experience of working with very vulnerable clients (mainly ex-homeless) with common problems such as addiction, depression, personality disorders, anger issues, OCD, PTSD, sexual abuse, etc...I currently work for the mental health services in Bristol.
My own personal history and experience of facing shame related issues has also significantly influenced my counselling approach. I have great respect for your autonomy and the coping skills that may serve an essential role in protecting something inside from being overwhelmed. I believe you are the expert on yourself!
I am also a qualified hollistic masseur and have always been interested in the relationship between mind, body, spirit and soul. I do not incorporate any physical touch in my counselling practice but I encourage connection to the body to help work through difficult emotions.
I am also an active member of a fortnightly Men's group which I find a valuable space for supporting my personal development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I have practices in Montpelier (Wed 2-7) and Southville (Mon 9-8, Fri 9-8)
(for more details please see my website)
My fees are:
£40 for initial 50 minute consultation.
£40 per subsequent weekly 50 minute session.
If you are interested in beginning counselling, the first step is to contact me either by phone - 07970421016 (10am-8pm) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can discuss mutual availability, any questions you may have, and arrange a 50 minute initial consultation. In the consultation we can further discuss what you want from therapy and what I can offer, agree the terms of our counselling contract, and arrange a regular weekly session time.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Southville: Monday 9-8, Friday 9-8 Montpelier: Wednesday 2-7
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|