Steph Healey MBACP
I know that the process of therapy can be difficult, overwhelming and confusing. I aim to provide you with a warm, calm and safe space in which you can heal and grow. This can be through talking about your experiences, or through more creative, imaginative ways like using pieces of writing, music, stories, art, or another medium you may feel more in tune with.
I work integratively – this means that I incorporate lots of different therapy approaches together, so your therapy sessions are unique to you and move fluidly. Just like you. This helps to give us some creativity together, so we can explore what’s going on for you. My background is working with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; from both childhood and as an adult.
When something traumatic happens to us, our picture of the world and our existence can change dramatically. Re-establishing how you fit in the world and finding your own personal meaning for your life are big steps in therapy, and can provide you with new insights into how to move forward with more confidence and happiness.
My practice room is within a small, private building just off North Street in Bedminster/Southville with free on-street parking and good access to public transport.
Training, qualifications & experience
IDVA Training (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) - CAADA/Safe Lives
Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Therapy - University of South Wales, Newport
Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of South Wales, Newport
MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology - Swansea University
BSc Hons in Psychology and Education - Bath Spa University
The Trauma Recovery Model - Jonny Matthews and Dr Tricia Skuse
Trauma-focused CBT Training for PTSD in Children and Young People - The Anna Freud Centre
Motivational Interviewing - Barnardos
Child Sexual Exploitation and Learning Disabilities - Barnardos
Working with Sexualised Trauma - Zoe Lodrick
Child Sexual Exploitation for Managers - Barnardos Cymru
ASIST Training - Mind Cymru
Integrative Therapist (private practice) Sept 2017 - Present
Education and Well-being Specialist (Feb 2018 - Aug 2019)
Intensive Support Worker July 2017 – Feb 2018
1625 Independent People, South Glos
BASE Project Worker May 2016 – March 2017
Barnardo’s BASE Project (Child Sexual Exploitation), Bristol
Service Manager of Children and Young People’s Service and Volunteer Therapist July 2013 – Sept 2015
Cardiff Women’s Aid, Cardiff
Volunteer Therapist Oct 2012 – Aug 2014
Talk In The Bay, Cardiff
Senior Support Worker and Assistant Field Care Supervisor Jan 2011 – July 2013
Independent Researcher (MSc thesis) Dec 2008 – Aug 2009
Brain Injury Research Group, Swansea University
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
I offer a free phone consultation (lasting around 20/30 minutes) to discuss what is bringing you to therapy, and to explore how we may work together. There is absolutely no expectation to book any sessions from here, and I will suggest taking a few days to think about how it felt to talk together.
Sessions are £50, but booked as a block and paid up front will be entitled to a discount (x4 are £175 and x6 are £250).
I am able to offer limited spaces at a concessional rates of £40 for students and those on a low-income.