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Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Ben Wright

I am an accredited, BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience and work with adults over the age of 18 and also couples. As well as in-person sessions I can also offer online therapy. I have worked in various settings, including doctors’ surgeries and a sixth form college, as well as running my own private counselling practice. I have considerable teaching and training experience and also teach meditation and mindfulness as a tool to aid inner stillness and personal growth.Ben Wright 23 February 2024

How I work
The world is extremely complex, and there are many pressures all around us; pressure to be or think a particular way, to please others, to ‘fit in’. Often we do this at the expense of who we ‘really’ are, and this often leads to symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to work through these things and move to living a more genuine and fulfilling life.

I work with a focus on the current needs and desires of the individual and believe that within everybody lies a unique spark that, if cultivated gently, with kindness, non judgementalism and understanding, can grow in exciting and often surprising ways.

The problem is that most of us come from the starting place of what we can’t do or be, so we never get the chance to express our higher selves. I believe that by providing a space to explore those things that feel difficult in a confidential, caring and accepting environment, it is possible to clear away the blocks that stop us from fulfilling our highest potential.

My experience consistently proves to me the power of having a space to just be yourself and I am often struck and impressed by the changes I have seen in people as the result of this process.

I tend to meet people weekly or fortnightly and work short or long term, depending on what feels appropriate. Individual sessions last for 50 minutes and Couple Counselling sessions last for 90 minutes.

The contents of each session will be unique to your needs. Sometimes we will just talk; you will have a chance to explore your ‘story’ and I will attempt to reflect this back to you to help you gain greater clarity. There may also be times when I suggest other activities to shine a light on a particular issue or problem – such as giving you a writing exercise to do, some artwork or some mindfulness meditation. However it pans out, the focus will be on your individual needs. I believe in the autonomy of the individual and my role is simply to facilitate a process where you can express yourself more freely and understand the circumstances of your life more clearly.
If you’d like to find out more about me please visit my website: benwrightcounselling.com

Fees
£60 for individuals; £90 for couples. I do offer discounts for students and people on low incomes, so please do ask if this applies to you.

Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Alex Moate

Alex MoateAlex Moate is an experienced Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, who is accredited with the BACP.

Counselling can provide you with much needed clarity when life seems full up, with no room left to think. I provide a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to explore issues that you are facing, to look more closely at the impact that these are having in your life and to begin to gain new perspectives. As an integrative practitioner I am able to work flexibly with you, with my work being informed by different approaches including Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. This means that I am able to work in a way that will best suit your individual needs.

Issues I work with include lack of self-confidence, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, sexuality, gender and identity issues and traumatic events.

If you are having problems with low mood, social anxiety, worry, OCD or more generalised anxiety I also have specialist knowledge in working with adults and young people using low-intensity CBT. This can provide you, or your child, with the skills to challenge more negative ways of thinking and move forward with your goals.

Experience

I have worked within the NHS counselling members of staff, as a Counsellor and Low-intensity CBT therapist at Off the Record and most recently as a Counsellor at a Sixth Form College in Bristol. I have also worked in private practice for over 8 years as a Life Coach with adults and young people.

I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of South Wales and also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies Practice for Children, Young People and Families from the University of Exeter. I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of conduct.

Fees

Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £60. I also offer an initial consultation at a reduced cost of £40, which is a great time to see if counselling is for you and whether I work in a style that suits you

Please feel free to ring or email me for a chat and to ask any questions that you might have before booking an initial consultation.

Email: moatealex@yahoo.com

Tel: 07933614291

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Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Tilly Line PhD, MA, MBACP

Thank you for taking a look at my profile.

I appreciate it can be difficult to find a counsellor who feels best suited to your needs, so I hope the description here provides you with a sense of how I may be able to support you. I also offer a free 15 min online or phone session where you can find out more and see whether we might be a good fit. Just drop me a line via email or contact me via my website www.tillyline.co.uk.Tilly Line November 2023

I’m a relational-integrative counsellor who can provide support relating to a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, and low self-esteem, and I specialise in workplace and relationship concerns. I’m LGBTQIA+ affirming and can offer you a non-judgmental, safe, and supportive space to talk. Together we could work to build your self-awareness, reflect on societal and cultural influences on your life, overcome difficulties, and recognise your strengths and potential. But whatever you bring to therapy, I meet each client as unique and recognise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to working together.

I can draw on a range of theories and tools, in ways that best support your individual needs. These include relational psychotherapy, which recognises the importance of relationships to our sense of wellbeing. Within this, I draw on Psychodynamic and Gestalt approaches because I believe that our ways of being can be understood by exploring our past experiences, as well as the ways we feel ‘in the here and now’. I borrow from Narrative therapy with respect to my view that ‘the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem’. Narrative therapy emphasises that the stories we develop about ourselves are not about us alone, and there is also the possibility of re-authoring our stories if there are parts we feel are problematic.

I also use aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support clients who may be struggling with difficult experiences and to help manage negative feelings and thoughts. This approach allows the exploration of language and its influence on the ways we understand ourselves in the context of wider society. Using tools from ACT, I can provide ways to help clients identify their values, sense of self, or goals they wish to commit to.

Together these approaches also provide room for creativity in our work, such as drawing and writing, if this feels helpful. I provide a range of materials in the therapy room for you to use as you wish.

Fees: Sessions are £55

Email: counselling@tillyline.co.uk

Website: www.tillyline.co.uk

Integrative Counsellor: Irina Florea

About me and my therapy practice

Therapy for adults of all ages with a focus on strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem, developing healthy and positive habits and behaviours, while addressing struggles such as anxiety, depression, burnout, ADHD, surviving abuse, self-harm, relationship and family issues, loss and grief.Irina-Flovea-24-October-2023-Profile-Pic-scaled

I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I offer online therapy (via video calls) and in-person sessions in Bristol and in Frome. Every Tuesday, I have availability for in-person sessions in Bristol (Redcliffe area). Depending on circumstances, I also offer telephone sessions.

I offer a safe therapeutic space for LGBTQ+ people and aim to support inclusion and diversity around gender, biological sex diversity and sexuality.

Furthermore, I have experience in supporting clients as they learn how to manage ADHD (pre or post diagnosis) and the feelings that result from it.

I am trained in an integrative way, applying theory and practice from the Client-Centred Model and integrating other humanistic therapies (Existential, Gestalt, Psychosynthesis) and Psychodynamic therapy. Furthermore, I have comprehensive knowledge and experience with Bereavement, Loss and Grief through the work I have done with the UK largest bereavement charity – Cruse Bereavement Support.

Working with a variety of struggles that follow loss and grief, I turned my attention to other therapeutic models and specialisms – Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed Care, Transactional Analysis, Internal Family Systems. To support long-lasting results in therapy for my clients, I use elements of Mindfulness and Meditation, with attention to integrating breathing and body-based techniques in the therapeutic process.

I offer counselling in three languages: English, Spanish and Romanian.

Professional Membership
Registered Member MBACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I am fully insured through Holistic Insurance
I attend monthly clinical supervision and work within the BACP Ethical Framework

Qualifications
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (National Counselling Society and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course (National Counselling Society)

Currently studying:
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Complex Trauma Certification

Fees
Introductory phone call (15-20 minutes) – no fee
Bristol – £60 per 50-minute session
Frome – £55 per 50-minute session
Online – £55 per 50-minute session

I’m also an affiliate therapist with WPA Health Insurance. If your sessions are covered through workplace benefits, please get in touch with me for more details.

Website and contact details:
Tel/Whatsapp: +44 7954 059 848
Web: www.irinaflorea.com
Email: info@irinaflorea.com

 

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor: Adam Wilson

I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a specific interest in adult ADHD and practise using an integrative, relational approach to therapy:

  • Integrative in that I’m not limited to working within one therapeutic approach or ‘style ofAdam Wilson August 2023 counselling’. I’m able to flexibly draw from different approaches, primarily person-centred, gestalt and psychodynamic (here is an explanation of what these mean).
  • Relational as I recognise most difficulties we experience come from our relationships with others, and it is the relationship between client and therapist that underpins effective therapeutic work.

Who I work with

I am experienced working with men and women on a broad range of issues.

I have a special interest in working with neurodiversity, particularly adult awareness / late diagnosis of ADHD, its emotional impact and effect on past and present behaviour and relationships.

I also work with men’s issues, for example expectations/roles/identity, parenting, emotional awareness, expression and safety, and interpersonal and intimate relationships. In my experience, doing this work with another man can be especially meaningful.

What you can expect from working with me:

I work with kindness and compassion to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be heard, understood and to get what you need from our work together. We will work collaboratively and I’ll be an engaged, active participant in helping you work towards your therapeutic goals: I won’t just sit there nodding or reflecting back what you say to me. I am with you but will also challenge you and encourage you to take reasonable risks, when appropriate.

I don’t have all the answers and I’m not the expert on you – I firmly believe that you are. But going it alone is tough and by working together, we stand a much better chance at finding the right words for you to understand yourself, your experiences and your relationships.

The relationship between client and therapist is unique, one that isn’t experienced anywhere else, and one where you are at its centre. I am separate from your social circles and family, and won’t judge, give my opinion or advise you on what to do. Together we can create a space that is focused on you and what you need. Given how crucial the relationship is between client and therapist, it is important you feel we are a good fit.

Taking the first step towards counselling can feel hard, and it’s important to check we’re a good fit. I offer a free 25-minute phone/video call so we can have an initial chat, you can decide if you want to book a first appointment from there. If we go ahead, we will check in regularly to see how things are going between us, and if you’re getting what you need from our work together.

Sessions are charged at £60 per 50 minutes or £65 for 60 minutes.

I work face to face from the Harbourside Practice Rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (09.00-13.00).

I work online on Thursdays and Fridays with some availability on Wed evenings.

Please get in touch if you’d like to talk about working together, or if you have any questions: adamtherapybristol@gmail.com.

Clinical Hypnotherapist: Sarah Mortimer

Hello, I’m Sarah Mortimer, a Clinical Hypnotherapist with 15 years of experience helping people manage stress and anxiety.

Whilst I specialise in these areas, I also work with management of chronic health conditions including pain, sleep issues, and burnout.Sarah Mortimer August 2023

I use evidence-based techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and I am trained in different approaches to hypnosis.

I have a thirst for knowledge and regularly attend courses to improve my practice, including studying towards a Psychology degree at the Open University. In addition to client work, I also supervise other hypnotherapists, organise the UK Hypnosis Convention, and I’m a Classroom Assistant at a Hypnotherapy College.

To book your initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you.

call 07851 307 062 or

email info@bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk

More details on the issues I work with can be found on my website at www.bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk

Chartered Counselling Psychologist: Dr Charlotte Flothmann

I provide psychological therapy and specialise in supporting people facing emotional challenges. These might relate to specific life circumstances you are facing, a diagnosis you have received, or a persistent issue you find difficult to understand or shift. Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with others, or how you relate to yourself. Maybe you find it hard to deal with work stress, constant worrying or fear and panic. You may be struggling to sleep or look after yourself, and see your sense of wellbeing and purpose impacted. You want to get to a place of greater clarity and resilience.Charlotte Flothmann August 2023 resized

I will listen to you without judgment and try to understand your experience from your perspective. I will share my observations and insights with you, and if appropriate, teach you skills to help you cope better. At all times I will work with you to find what is most effective for you, acknowledging that this will be different for everyone.

Having worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, with different experiences and concerns, I have seen time and time again the potential for people to feel better even when they believed, or were told, that they would not.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a chartered counselling psychologist, I specialise in supporting people of all ages toward better mental health. I did my doctoral training at City, University of London, and also hold degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol. I am BPS accredited and HCPC registered (PYL37674) and abide by their ethical guidelines.

I currently teach psychology at doctoral level  and have trained corporations, institutions and government bodies on applying psychological theory within their workplaces. This requires me to continuously engage with latest psychology research which in turn informs my clinical practice.

I have expertise working with both symptom reduction as well as helping clients to understand why they might be feeling as they are. I recognise the importance for clients to be able to function day to day and can support them to make changes towards this goal. Many of my clients have lived with difficulties for years and find it helpful to have a safe, confidential space in which to talk with a professional, often for the first time.

Gaining greater understanding of why we feel and act how we do can give more choice as to how we wish to live our lives. To this end, my practice is informed by a wide range of approaches which I draw on flexibly to meet each client’s need and preference. I consult regularly with an expert clinical supervisor and seek specialist training to ensure I am offering best practice.

Please contact me for more information at dr.cflothmann@gmail.com

Integrative Relational Counsellor: Marc Newton

Need to talk?

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. I offer a safe and non-judgemental space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions and the challenges you are going through.Marc Newton June 2023

Using an integrative approach, I provide relational counselling tailored to your needs. I believe that connection is an important part of what makes counselling work; together, we can build a therapeutic relationship where you can feel safe, supported and understood.

Working collaboratively, I will help you to find acceptance, to grow and to develop more self-compassion. I will help you to work through past and present difficulties, gaining new awareness and perspective.

I have experience working with anxiety, anger, self-esteem, relationships, abuse, trauma, guilt and shame. Specialising in work with LGBTQ+ clients, I have experience in a wide range of issues around gender and sexual relationship diversity, including:

  • coming out;
  • internalised homophobia;
  • being a gay parent;
  • experience of discrimination and microaggressions;
  • gender identity and expression;
  • intersections of spirituality and sexuality;
  • and being ‘othered’.

Whilst these issues may or may not be the focus of our work together, I aim to provide a space where clients can consider how these aspects of identity affect their lives, their self-concept and their expectations of the world around them.

Finding the right counsellor can be daunting – but if you’re finding life hard and struggling with your feelings, then talking to me could help.

Qualifications

Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of the West of England
Level 4 Counselling Certificate, University of the West of England

Professional registration

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework for good practice.

Sessions

I offer sessions online and face-to-face. Sessions cost £50 and last for 50-55 minutes.

I offer face-to-face sessions on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. I offer online sessions on Mondays. Please get in touch for availability.

Initial meetings

Taking the first step into counselling can feel difficult; understandably, people sometimes feel nervous about the first session. You’re meeting a new person, in a new context, with the prospect of sharing personal, vulnerable things which you may not have told anyone before. Nerves are perfectly normal and we can work with that feeling. I am experienced in putting people at ease.

I offer clients a free initial meeting. This gives us an opportunity to decide whether we could work together. By coming to your initial meeting, you’re not signing up for anything and you’re not tied in to a certain number of sessions.

In the initial meeting, I won’t ask you to go too deep or share anything too vulnerable. It will be a chance for me to gather some information from you, after which we can explore what’s brought you to counselling. We will discuss what you would like to get from counselling, and start to think about how we might move forward. If you choose to have counselling with me, I will continue to review our work together as we go, so it doesn’t all have to be decided in our first session.

Get in touch to arrange a free initial meeting.

Contact:

Email: talktomarc@proton.me

Website: www.talktomarc.co.uk

 

CBT/EMDR Therapist – Renata Königsman

I have been working as a psychologist/psychotherapist in private practice in Bristol since June 2009.

I am a Psychologist (MSc.), Counsellor (PgDipCouns), Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist (PgDipCBT), and an EMDR practitioner (Level 3 training).Renata March 2023

As a bilingual therapist I work with both Polish and English speaking clients. Apart from private practice I also work as a psychotherapist in the NHS and a supervisor for the University of Exeter.

I have been working therapeutically using an Integrative approach but mainly Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which  is a recommended treatment for Depression and Anxiety Disorders : Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder etc. as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is very effective for Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and difficult memories.

Other areas of psychological help include:

  • Anger Issues,
  • Assertiveness,
  • Bereavement,
  • Eating Disorders,
  • Physical Health Problems,
  • Relationships,
  • Self Esteem,
  • Sleep Problems,

I’m accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)  and currently working towards accreditation from EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

Contact:

Tel: 079 6262 0011
E-mail: renata.konigsman@gmail.com  Website: www.renata-psychotherapy.com

Integrative Person-Centred Counsellor: Philippa Welsh DipHIC MBACP

Metamorphosis Counselling

www.metamorphosiscounselling.co.uk

I offer long- and short-term counselling to adult individuals at The Harbourside Practice Talking Therapy Rooms on a Monday afternoon and evening.Philippa Welsh

I offer a gentle, supportive, non-judgmental environment where I encourage you to explore your feelings and problems at your own pace. Here, you will be able to tell your story, and feel heard and understood. Together we can explore your life and behaviour patterns, how these may have stemmed from past experiences, and discover new ways to relate in the outside world.

I was awarded my Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling with Distinction, having completed 4 years of training with Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bcpc.org.uk). This is a dual accredited British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) course. I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics (https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/ethics/)

I worked as a counsellor for Cotswold Counselling – a charity in Cirencester – for 3 years. Prior to this, I was a volunteer listener for a charity helpline for 6 years. I have worked in the helping professions for over 15 years and as well as working as a counsellor, I teach, mentor and coach post-graduate professionals in charitable, private and university sectors.

Fees

£50 weekly (50-minute session)

Contact

Please contact me on philippa@metamorphosiscounselling.co.uk to arrange a free initial discussion via phone or Zoom video conferencing, or to arrange an initial in-person session (NB, a half fee of £25 applies for in-person initial meetings).