Wessex Counselling Service

Bristol Counselling At Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Based At 11, Orchard Street

Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy
Fairfield House
King Street
BA11 1BH

01373 453355

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About us

Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy, celebrating more than 30 Years of Psychodynamic Counselling, psychotherapy and Counsellor Training in Frome, Bristol, Bath, Street and surrounding Areas. We are happy to take GP referrals. We help people and we train those who want to help.

Our counselling offers help in addressing the difficult areas of your life. This might involve loss and grief, relationship troubles or problems at work. Equally, there are times when the cause is not clear but you still feel something is wrong. Colleagues, family and friends can be a great source of support but it’s not always easy to confide in those closest to you. At times like these, talking to someone who is not personally involved can make a difference. A professional counsellor will listen to you without making judgements and can help you find new resources within yourself. Counselling sessions take place in Bristol, Bath, Street and Frome – counselling and training are open to people across the Southwest.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training which is integrated with our clinical services…

Our counselling service works hand in hand with our training provision which means that we are one of the few training organisations in the region who can provide their own clinical placements for Diploma and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy trainees.

We are part of the national network of counselling centres in the UK (National Counselling Network) and our counselling service is also accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

Specialist services Employee Counselling Schemes

Employee stress can be a huge cost to any organisation in absence, poor performance ,or losing valuable talents. Often an employee can get back on track with their work if they can get effective help when they need it. We have a wealth of experience in our well -trained and highly professional counsellors and can tailor our Employee Counselling Scheme to meet your organisations' needs.

Children and young peoples' service

At Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy (WCP) we have counsellors experienced in working with children and young people. Children and young people can experience a range of emotional difficulties. It can be very helpful for them to have some space to talk with an experienced children counsellor. Help at an early stage can increase the ability to learn and grow  and alter the view a child has about the world and takes into adulthood.

External supervision for professionals

In many professions - alternative therapy, health-related posts, nursing, teaching and others - you may work with individuals who are in emotional distress. If you have no access to supervision, this can have an effect on your own emotional health. it can become difficult to stand back and assess what is best for both yourself and your client. At WCP we can provide that external supervision that will help your work become more manageable and more effective.


Counselling – How it happens

Initial appointment
First we arrange for you to have an initial meeting with one of our senior counsellors. This gives you a chance to explore why you got in touch – and to decide whether you think counselling will help. The meeting lasts 50 minutes. If counselling is the best way forward then we make every effort to match you with one of our professional counsellors who best suits your needs. You would meet them once a week for a session lasting 50 minutes. This arrangement is open-ended and can continue for as long as you need it and are able to come. We also offer Brief Counselling when appropriate as well as the following  specialist services :

Children and young peoples' service
External supervision
Employee Counselling Schemes

There is a range of fees – based on income – which will be explained to you clearly at the first meeting. We try to make the counselling as affordable as possible.

Our Frome consultation rooms are up a flight of stairs so may be a problem for anyone with restricted mobility. If this is the case just let us know – we can make alternative arrangements in town to suit your needs. Our Bristol consultation rooms are ground floor.

Further information

Psychodynamic Counselling

At Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy we use a long-established and well-known method called psychodynamic counselling. This focuses on how early experience in life shapes our psychological development. The resulting thoughts and desires, fears, anxieties and fantasies can be a major influence on our adult selves and our relationships. This is not always obvious however and often we are barely aware of it. Becoming aware of these unconscious, mental processes is an important way to live a more fulfilling life. Once we understand unhelpful patterns of behaviour, we can accept more of ourselves and the life we have already led. We can also begin to make new decisions – decisions to change. Your counsellor will work with you to understand more about yourself and how you relate to others so that you can experience more freedom of choice in your life. You may be struggling with distressed, isolating, depressed or anxious states of mind but your counsellor will be alongside you and there to help you find your way through.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5EH
Frome, BA11 1BH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


We have daytime and evening appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme