I work as a counsellor in Bristol, providing an effective, supportive and professional counselling service to adults and young people.Â I offer a free initial session where we can discuss what brings you to counselling and for you to ask any questions you may have.
I work both short term and long term with clients. Some people find that just a few sessions of counselling is enough to help them through a crisis or resolve a specific problem. For others, where the problem may be more deep-seated or rooted in the past, longer term counselling may be more suitable. We can talk about this together and there is no pressure on you to commit to more than you want.
I am fully qualified,Â BACPÂ Registered and Accredited. My grounding is in person-centred and psychodynamic theory and I work in a flexible way depending on what is needed by you. My aim is to offer you a safe, non-judgemental space in your life where you can talk confidentially about whatever you are thinking or feeling, whatever you are going through. I can help you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your situation and find a way forward.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
I qualified in 2002 with a post-graduate Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling from the University of the West of England.
In 2003 I gained my Certificate in Counselling Supervision from the University of Wales, Newport.
I am a Registered and Accredited member ofÂ BACPÂ (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework.
As well as working in private practice, I have experience of counselling people in a variety of voluntary organisations, charities and in the further education sector. I have experience in many areas of counselling including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, problems in relationships, family issues / breakdown, loneliness, abuse / past abuse, loss and bereavement, life changes, work stress and illness.
Coming to counselling can not only alleviate these sorts of difficulties and deal with specific problems but can also lead to significant positive personal development, growth and change. There is something uniquely valuable about being heard, respected and supported by someone who is separate from the rest of your life.
â€œCounselling made me feel that I matter and that my life matters. I never thought I'd be able to get out of the stuck place I was in - but I did.â€