Dr Yvon Guest
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This professional is available for new clients.
Counselling and resilience work with individuals, and groups
I moved to Bristol 28 years ago. I have thrived on working with people from all sections of the community; from professionals to those experiencing social injustice and marginalisation (LGBTQ; Racially minoritised; Disabled; Care leavers; Older people; Ex offenders). I have many years experience of counselling couples, and individuals. I have also worked with traumatised children, young people and adults in the voluntary sector.
My approach to counselling
My work places the emphasis on resilience. It is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by life challenges, such as, bereavement and loss, illness, work related stress, and relationship or family difficulties. Some of the most difficult experiences aren't always viewed as traumatic. By this I mean racism, homophobia or social inequality. But they are, and they can impact on us for a life span. I start from the perspective that we are all resilient even if at times we don’t think we are. And our resilience has been tried and tested, throughout our lives, even though we might not always understand. Some aspects of our resilience, for example, resources or survival tactics that got us through a difficult or traumatic period may not be appropriate during our recovery; or even threaten our ability to operate successfully in less challenging times. My aim is to help you to understand how you have coped with life challenges in the past, what individual resources you were able to draw on and where you found resources in other people or places. These insights will enable you to understand which resources might be useful in your current situation and what might be less helpful.
Starting counselling and resilience work – You will have the opportunity to discuss why you feel you need counselling and what I can offer you as a practitioner in a free 30-50 minute telephone or zoom consultation. If we decide that I am not right for you I will signpost you to other colleagues. If you decided to continue, we can book six sessions and then review how you feel. It is up to you to decide if that is enough or if you want to continue.
Individuals: I work on a sliding scale £90- 120 per session
Training, qualifications & experience
Membership of professional bodies
I am a registered member of the BACP no 225379 (British Association of Counselling and Therapy) IRCT (Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma) and the BAATN (Black Asian and African Therapists Network).
BSc in Sociology and Psychology
Certificate in Psychodynamic Individual and Couple Counselling from Relate.
PhD from the University of the West of England in 2015 exploring the life long impact of trauma in childhood and resilience over the lifespan.
Relate - Individual and couples therapy
University of the West of England - group facilitation
Bristol children's services - safeguarding children and young people
University of Swansea - narrative interviewing
WECIL - social theory of disability
I am a registered member of the Information Commissioners Office for Data protection and GDPR (2018) regulations.
Professional and ethical guidelines mean I attend clinical supervision; these sessions would never reveal a client’s personal details.
If we were to meet in public, unless you acknowledge me, I will not acknowledge you.
My details may appear on your bank statement according to the wording.
Only I have access to the secure storage of personal details.
I do not share data with any third parties.
You have the right to ask that any personal information be destroyed or amended at any time. I have to keep some data in order to meet necessary legal requirements.
All information including notes, I am required to keep for seven years after the therapy is finished. I then destroy all data.
We can discuss the preferred method of contact: e-mails, texts or phone calls. I do advise clients that it is best not to communicate sensitive information on a text or in an e-mail.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Discrimination and identity issues all intersections
Mixed race relationships
£90.00 - £120.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Free initial assessment by telephone or zoom to see if we are a good match
Weekly zoom and telephone sessions
Fortnightly sessions when available
Sliding scale £90-120 per session
When I work
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
I have weekly spaces for telephone and zoom sessions. Fortnightly sessions when available; please contact for details.
Telephone sessions and zoom is available