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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.
After qualifying I gained experience and developed my practice for a couple of years through clients at the SWAN project. In 2015 I began my own private counselling practice and I continue to develop this. I completed a counselling supervision qualification in 2020 and I am now a supervisor and trainer at the SWAN project.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are:
£35 for initial 50 minute consultation.
£45 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.