My name is Diane, I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Registered Counsellor and hold a Degree in Counselling with Distinction from the University of Bristol. I am also an accredited Counsellor, Qualified Supervisor, and group facilitator for Cruse Bereavement Care with over fifteen years’ experience
In addition to this I have worked for well-known child bereavement Charity providing support to parents and their families following the death of a child. I have also experienced many personal losses myself including the unexpected and traumatic loss of my youngest Daughter.
I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, and or challenging life circumstances.
Following a recent or past bereavement it can be difficult trying to navigate our way through an array of complex and often intense emotions and feeling’s following a loved one’s death. Or someone very close.
Although commonalities exist among people who have experienced a certain type of loss, grief is individual and unique to the person experiencing it, and their unique relationship with the person who has died- and the circumstances surrounding the death.
I have extensive experience of working with complicated bereavement to include Suicide, Murder/manslaughter. Multiple loses, Child loss, Road raffic accident. Accidental death. Terminal illness. Death of a loved one after a long period of illness. Unexpected or expected losses. Disenfranchised grief, when your relationship is not acknowledged, or the impact of their death is minimized by others
Counselling: Some issues people may bring
Taking the first step towards entering into counselling can feel quite daunting and sometimes overwhelming. If you are reading this, then it might be that you are struggling at the moment but not sure if counselling will help, or what to expect?
People enter into counselling for many different reasons, it might be, they are going through a particularly difficult time in their life -right now. Or something that happened many years ago has suddenly begun to resurface and feel its time to address this problem. In many instance’s, I work with people with overwhelming feelings, such as, grief, anger sadness, depression and stress; or people troubled by distressing memories. While others just need a safe, empathetic space to talk things through to help them evaluate their situation.
Very often, people enter into counselling because they are lacking in belief or confidence in themselves, so sessions will be about developing internal strengths such as nurturing one’s self- worth and self- esteem.
For others they may be struggling with: Relationship problems, separation, going through a divorce, work related issues, illness, personal problems, or feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general. Anxiety and or Depression. Isolation. Life’s transitions and changes, whether that is personal or work related. Caring for someone- role and reasonability. Redundancy, Retirement, Identity, Low self- esteem. Facing difficult decisions about the future. Or not know why they are feeling ‘out of sorts?”
Whether your difficulties are long standing, or you feel you may need some support right now to help you get through a difficult time-please feel free to contact me.
The advantage of providing Integrative Humanistic counselling is that, it brings together different elements of specific therapies which can be tailored to meet a variety of individual needs, and concerns. I am able to draw key concepts and techniques into our sessions from the following approaches: Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Solution Focused, and Transactional Analysis
"Integrative practitoners do not believe that one apporach will work for every client in all situations"
I firmly believe the quality of the client counsellor relationship should be based on trust, empathy, and -therapeutic for the client. I offer a warm, empathic, safe, and non-judgmental environment to help people explore their current or past situation, explore difficult, confusing, painful emotions, or traumatic experiences in a professional and supportive way.
All information disclosed during the counselling process is held in confidence.
GDPR. Please read my policy which explains how your confidential information is maintained.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a member of the BACP I adhere strictly to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
In accordance with BACP guidelines, I attend regular supervision and follow an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development Training.
I currently offer sessions at the following locations:
The Old Rectory Clinic Iron Action BS37 9UQ each Friday from 3:00- 7:00pm
Bristol BS15 daytime appointments may be offered on from 9.30am to 6.00pm each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
I offer home visits within a five-mile radius of BSI5 for people who for various reasons are not able to travel. Home visits are only provided to people suffering from a recent of past bereavement.
Counselling sessions will need to booked in advance, it is not possible to see you without a prior appointment being made.
I work both short and longer term and have experience of working with a wide range of challenging life circumstances.
Training and Qualifications and experience.
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold a Degree in Counselling with Distinction from the University of Bristol.
I am also an accredited Counsellor and Supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care with over nine years experience. Still within Cruse Bereavement Care I provide group and one to one supervision to Cruse volunteers- as well as facilitate an open support group for people/families who have tragically lost a loved one to suicide.â€¨â€¨In addition to this, I have worked for a well-known child bereavement charity providing support to parents and their families following the death of a much-loved child.
Specialism Bereavement Counselling:
Complicated bereavement, suicide /murder, multiple losses, child loss/s, anticipatory grief -people facing life threatening illnesses, and effects on family members.
Considerable experience of working with a wide range of issues
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP¨As a member of the BACP I adhere strictly to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. In accordance with BACP guidelines, I attend regular supervision and follow an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development Training.
ONE TO ONE
Initial sessions are offered at £25.00 per 60 minute
Subsequent sessions are charged at £45 per 60-minute session
Home visits are charged at £ 45.00 per 60 min session.
I offer home visits within a five-mile radius of BSI5 for people who for various reasons are not able to travel. Home visits are only provided to people suffering from a recent of past bereavement. Home visits are offered between 10:00am to 4:00pm please contact me to check available days