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I’m a psychotherapeutic counsellor working in Central Bristol and online. I help clients with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, grief, life changes and social and relationship difficulties – including the effects of domestic abuse and coercion.

How I work

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Humanistic

I work chiefly in a Humanistic way. This means my focus is on your autonomous process of self-discovery. I aim to support you to develop a strong and healthy sense of self, to explore your feelings, find meaning and feel known.

My approach generally combines aspects of Humanistic therapies such as Person-Centred and Gestalt Therapy with components of Psychodynamic Therapy, but as my client you are always in the driving seat.

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Collaborative

Psychotherapy offers a confidential and collaborative space, where you can feel safe to engage in thought experiments or surface difficult and challenging ideas, feelings, memories and experiences, without fear of judgment or censure. 

People often come to therapy when they have something on their mind, or do not feel wholly at one with themselves. They may come seeking relief from distress or hoping for clarity in their sense of self, purpose and direction.

Therapy offers both a relationship and a process, driven by the needs of each client. Sessions are usually 50 minutes long. They can be a place to join the dots of our life, find words for the vaguest of sensations or feelings.

We may discover that we can now describe a missing part of ourselves and see options and strategies for attaining it. We may find that we suddenly have words for something that once was formless and menacing, and that in so doing we have reduced its power over us. We may simply have a better sense of who we are, once we are freed from the expectations and conditions of others.

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Trauma-informed

Taking a trauma-informed approach to therapy means accepting and exploring the role and influence of adverse life experiences on issues such as anxiety, depression and so on, understanding these as normal and natural human responses to distressing circumstances, rather than "faulty thinking" located inside the individual.

My priority is your safety and I am an unconditional ally to anyone who has been mocked, belittled, minimised, silenced, scapegoated, bullied, abused, marginalised, othered, excluded or exiled. I have experience with survivors of hate crimes and domestic abuse and I am ready to work with complex trauma, wherever you are in your journey.

I became a therapist because I wanted to make a compassionate response to suffering and offer an alternative to the “othering” of client experience I was seeing in some areas of mental health. You’re not broken. Let’s start there.

Where I work

BS1

11 Orchard Street, Bristol

This calm location right in the heart of Bristol is tucked away in a quiet street behind the Hippodrome, two minutes from College Green bus stops and Trenchard Street car park. There are toilets in the building, while ramps and a groundfloor room can be organised in advance for access.

BS1

11 Orchard Street, Bristol

This calm location right in the heart of Bristol is tucked away in a quiet street behind the Hippodrome, two minutes from College Green bus stops and Trenchard Street car park. There are toilets in the building, while ramps and a groundfloor room can be organised in advance for access.

Plan your trip

FAQ

Can I meet you before committing?

Absolutely. Just book a free initial consultation using the button below. This is a 30-minute informal conversation over Zoom that will give us a chance to see if we’ll be right for each other.

Can I meet you before committing?

Absolutely. Just book a free initial consultation using the button below. This is a 30-minute informal conversation over Zoom that will give us a chance to see if we’ll be right for each other.

How many sessions will I need?

The ultimate decision is yours. Every client’s personal journey is different. An initial commitment of six sessions will generally give us a good sense of the issues to be worked with. For some people, this is enough and they may feel ready to stop working. Others may feel this has merely scratched the surface and so will choose to continue exploring. As long as we both feel progress is being made, we can carry on working.

How much does it cost?

I charge £50 for each 50-minute online session and £55 for each 50-minute face-to-face session. Payment can be made in person with a credit or debit card at the start of the session, or remotely via a payment link if we are working online. I am not able to accept cheques.

Will it be confidential?

Yes. I am bound by the code of ethics practiced by the National Counselling Society and we have very strict rules about confidentiality. I will not share what you tell me with anyone else, except where required by law. I keep session notes to a minimum and these are stored on an encrypted cloud server, not on my computer. Diary appointments are coded.

I reserve the right to discuss caseload and client issues with my supervisor but I won’t share the identity of my clients.

The law in the UK places one or two limits on confidentiality where public security is deemed to be at risk. I’ll discuss this with you in our initial consultation and contracting.

Is there disabled access?

Partially, yes. We have ramps for the front door and ground-floor thesholds. I’ll need to know in advance so I can book a ground-floor room. However, there are no accessible bathrooms in the building, both are on upper floors. The nearest accessible bathroom is at Espirito Coffee Lounge on Denmark street.

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My credentials

My credentials

Qualifications

  • Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice
    Prof Dip Psy C
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory
    Dip CST

Professional affiliation

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Professional Indemnity Insurance

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