Dr Yvon Guest
Counselling and resilience work with individuals, couples and groups
I moved to Bristol 24 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, zoom 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 £55-£75 per session
£100 per hour for groups (4-12 members)
I can offer home visits for disabled people if reasonable distance
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 and Asian 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Black and Minority Ethnic peoples facing discrimination and identity issues
Students experiencing educational difficulties
Mixed race relationships
Free initial assessment by telephone, zoom or free face to face chemistry session to see if we are a good match
Weekly face to face, zoom and telephone sessions
Fortnightly sessions when available
Sliding scale £55-£75 per session
I can arrange at home sessions for disabled people
Telephone sessions and zoom is available