About me

I’m a BACP and BPC registered psychodynamic counsellor. I work one-on-one in central Bath and over Zoom. 

I work with all kinds of psychological and relationship difficulties, from depression and anxiety to low self-esteem and adverse childhood experience. Whatever you are struggling with, we can work together to make sense of your thoughts and explore how you might move beyond unhelpful habits and past pain.

Psychodynamic counselling is a form of talk-based therapy that encourages self-reflection.  I offer a supportive, confidential space to explore the root causes of difficult feelings and behavioural patterns. Often pain in the present and negative feelings about yourself have roots in early experiences and relationships. Day to day, these early experiences have an ongoing impact on you. 

Psychodynamic counselling can help you to understand yourself better, and move beyond habitual ways of thinking. Whether you’re feeling stuck, confused, lacking in self-esteem, under pressure or overwhelmed, psychodynamic counselling can give you insight, providing a non-judgemental space to think.

My approach is based on psychoanalytic theory, and an acceptance that there is often more going on in our minds than we are aware of. 

I am fully qualified and provide a confidential and reliable service.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (M.BACP).

Psychodynamic Counselling Diploma, Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy (4 year training qualification), accredited by the BPC and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Currently completing a postgraduate diploma in Counselling Young People and Children in Educational settings (The Bridge Foundation, Bristol), kite marked by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Outside of my own private practice, I also work as a Sessional Counsellor at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Frome, as an Associate Counsellor at Bristol Counselling & Psychotherapy and as an Honorary Therapist at The Bridge in Schools in Bristol.

Attend regular CPD courses (The Tavistock; Confer; The Bridge Foundation). 

I attend regular supervision for private practice and abide by ethical standards of BACP.

Full Up to date DBS and safeguarding.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

My standard fee for in-person and Zoom counselling is £45, payable by BACS, cash or cheque on the day.

I have some reduced-fee slots available for those on a low income.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Zoe McDonald

Zoe McDonald