Dr Yvon Guest
Counselling and resilience work with individuals, couples and groups
I moved to Bristol 23 years ago and have thrived on working with people from all sections of the community from professionals to those experiencing social injustice and marginalisation (LGBTQ;BME; Disabled; Care leavers; Older people; Ex offenders). I have many years experience of counselling couples and individuals and working with traumatised children, young people and adults delivering services in the voluntary sector.
My approach to counselling
My work places the emphasis on resilience and 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 just as other forms of trauma. 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. However, 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 minute telephone or face to face 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 and couples sliding scale £50-£75 per session
£100 per hour for groups (4-12 members)
I can offer home visits for disabled people.
Training, qualifications & experience
Membership of professional bodies
I am a registered member of the BACP no 225379 (British Association of Counselling and Therapy), the BAATN (Black and Asian Therapists Network) and the IRCT (Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma).
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Black and Minority Ethnic peoples facing discrimination and identity issues
Students experiencing educational difficulties
Mixed race relationships
Photos & videos
Free initial assessment by telephone or free face to face chemistry session to see if we are a good match
Weekly face to face and telephone sessions
Fortnightly sessions when available
Sliding scale £50-£75 per session
I can arrange at home sessions for disabled people
Telephone sessions available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesday evening; Thursday afternoon; Friday evening. I have weekly spaces for face to face and telephone sessions. Fortnightly sessions when available; please contact for details.
Types of client