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About me

I am a Counsellor in Private Practice. I work from a Person-Centered Approach with the clients that I see. I offer a comfortable space for you to be yourself. I am qualified and experienced to listen and guide you through your therapy process. I am non-judgemental and here to work with whatever you bring to your session.

My areas of interest include the following (but not limited to):

  • Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Problems
  • Couples Counselling
  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Teenage Problems
  • Time Management & Study Skills
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Bereavement (Pre and Post Death)
  • Financial Issues
  • Trauma
  • HIV/Aids
  • Sexuality (Including Sexual Orientation)
  • Career Counselling
  • Pre-Marriage Counselling

Equality

I am committed to equality in practice and I celebrate diversity. This includes race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. I have experience of working with people in South Africa and England from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working as a Psychotherapist for the past 14 years; My experience includes counselling in my own Private Practice since 2009 as well as heading up Counselling Departments in large secondary state schools in Durban, South Africa and London, England. At the end of 2015, I moved to Bristol and began working for a children's hospice in the paediatric palliative field. I worked as a Senior Team Leader: Family Support which involved coordinating the family support services; namely bereavement counselling and support pre and post death. I attended meetings with the palliative team at Bristol Children's Hospital regularly to parallel plan end of life cases; as well as liaise and network with other local services.

I completed a Bachelor of Psychology - Counselling (Honours) which included research during my internship - my treatise is entitled: A Psychobiography on Reverend Jim Jones – I was awarded a distinction for this treatise. In 2010 I went on to study further and completed a Master of Education - Cum Laude with a thesis titled "A Phenomenological Exploration: How Secondary School Teachers cope with Depressed Adolescents in the Classroom".

In 2011 I joined SADAG's (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) local Support Group for Suicide and Depression, and ran that with a colleague. We held meetings once a month for the community.

From time to time, I had the privelege of flying with Air Mercy Red Cross on the "10 Seater Flying Doctors Plane" to Pongola (Northern Kwazulu Natal) on the Swaziland Border to Counsel for the day at the Itshelejuba Hospital. Here we counselled anything issue from Rape, Suicide, Depression to Children Assessments. It was extremely rewarding, and an amazing way to give back to the community.

I left the hospice in March 2020 to focus full time on my private practice and be able to achieve a work-life balance as a working parent. In March 2021, I moved my practice from my residence to Wapping Wharf in Bristol due to expanding.

I also have a strong interest in Adoption and Fostering; and understand the process personally having adopted my own children in 2018. I am also registered to see children and families through the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and currently see children and families through Adoption West.

Counselling is my passion and I look forward to helping you through your therapy process. All Counselling Sessions are CONFIDENTIAL. The only time when Confidentiality will be broken is when I feel in my professional opinion as your Counsellor that you are at risk of harming yourself or those around you.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am interested in working with people who require bereavement counselling and support. I am extremely experienced in this due to my previous employment and management position within a local children's hospice. I work with families daily who are coming to terms with their child's diagnosis and prognosis as well as supporting them pre and post death; helping them to think about and talk about their dying/dead child. Sitting with them while visiting their child who has just died; helping them to organise their child's funeral as well as offering post funeral support. I continue to work with a local Bereavement charity on a freelance basis.

Adoption - I have vast experience in this world due to adopting my own children; I have completed additional training in therapeutic parenting; I also have experience of Theraplay and NVR. I am registered to work with the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) through Adoption West.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

From £55.00 to £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

Counselling

The cost for a 50-60 minute counselling session is £55. Children & Teenagers £60; Couples and families are charged at £65 per session.

I do offer some reduced fee sessions - please enquire

I am registered with the following private medical companies and can therefore claim direct for your session:

- BUPA

- Vitality

I do offer an initial phone call if you are unsure about whether counselling is for you.

Pre-Marriage Counselling Course

The course usually takes 3 - 4 x 60 minute sessions, charged at £65 per session. Sessions can be adjusted depending on your requirements.

Career Assessments

The cost for an Assessment is £165 (This includes 2 - 3 Hours of contact time to complete the assessment as well as a 4 - 6 page report that I individually write - please see my website for further details)

If you are a School and require me to assess more than one student at a time, then there is a considerable discount if 5 - 10 learners are tested in one sitting.

Supervision

I offer Clinical Supervision; costs are £50 for 50-60 minute session and £70 for 80-90 minute session. We would usually meet monthly, but could meet more frequently based on your client load and needs.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please contact me for my current availability as this changes weekly depending on when clients are ending their therapy journey with me.

Further information

I am registered with the following private medical companies and can therefore claim direct for your session:

- BUPA

- Vitality

I am CRB/DBS checked at an enhanced level

Parking Options:

FREE
ASDA Bedminster allows the public to park for 2.5 hours for free. If you choose this option you would need to allow 5-10 minutes to walk along the river avon and cross over the footbridge to Spike Island/Wapping Wharf. The footbridge is opposite Southville Clinic.

PAID
Wapping Wharf Car Park, 29 Wapping Road, BS1 4RH which is attached to Jubilee House. 1 Hour costs £1.40 (See more at http://wappingwharf.co.uk/car-park)

Wapping Wharf Short Stay Car Park, BS1 6UD which is on museum road past the MShed towards the promenade to SS Great Britain. Up to 3 Hours costs £1.10 and you can use the app RingGo (See more at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/wapping-wharf-short-stay-car-park)

The Grove Car Park, BS1 4QY which is across the Prince Street Bridge next to the Thekla. 1 Hour costs £1.50 and you can use the app RingGo (See more at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/the-grove-long-stay-car-park)

Jubilee House (Second Floor)
Wapping Road
Wapping Wharf
Bristol
BS1 4RW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

My practice is located on the 2nd floor of Jubilee House

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and music therapists.

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Stefano Vermonti (MBACP Registered Member)

Stefano Vermonti (MBACP Registered Member)