I first started my counselling practice in Bristol two decades ago. I gained particular experience in counselling in bereavement, addiction and other trauma, together with relationship issues.
I subsequently trained in body psychotherapy at Chiron Centre in West London and started my psychotherapy practice in 2005. Since then I have expanded and deepened my practice to include depression, sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general anxiety, abandonment, neglect and other issues. I also welcome enquiries from people who wish to improve their lives or perhaps have repeated patterns that they wish to change.
People come to both counselling and psychotherapy for a very wide range of reasons. Some of these may be:
- because they have reached a point of crisis in their lives and feel that they can’t carry on in the same way, and need to make changes
- because they feel burdened by fears and anxieties which may restrict their lives
- because they feel responsible for the effect that they have had on others in their life and want to change
- because they feel a lack of meaning in their lives and want to regain the enjoyment of life they once felt
- because they feel overwhelmed by strong emotions that they cannot control
- because they recognise that they are struggling to cope
- because they see that their difficulties in dealing with their emotions, or with stress in their lives is having a detrimental effect on their heath
and for many other reasons too numerous to list here.
Through psychotherapy or counselling they can expect to achieve progress in making positive changes on how they interact with their world and how they experience themselves in their life. Studies show that they are consistently pleased with the support they receive through psychotherapy or counselling and feel that it is helpful and a support for positive change in their lives.
Counselling is normally undertaken for a limited timeframe, but this can always be extended if the issues are not yet felt to be resolved. Psychotherapy can similarly be either short-term or long-term and the choice can be made after you have started sessions in the light of your experience.
If you are interested in having Psychotherapy or Counselling the first step is to book an initial consultation in which we can discover if what I am offering will suit your needs and whether we are suited to working together.
We start with an initial consultation
For individuals seeking counselling or body psychotherapy in Bristol, an initial consultation is available to decide whether we are suited to working together. At that time we can discuss how many sessions it would be appropriate to commit to; usually this will be for an initial period of a few months. Some clients may continue after this, and for deep-seated problems and achievement of fundamental and lasting change, the sessions could continue for eighteen months or more.
My standard fee for individual work is £45 (rising to £50 in January 2017). Some fees at lower levels are available to benefit claimants and those on low incomes.
People on higher incomes are invited to contribute to a fund to aid clients that are struggling to fund their therapy.
Looking for relationship counselling?
I also offer couples counselling for relationship problems.