Find someone to talk to; keeping it all inside won’t help

Counselling and Psychotherapy are about understanding and changing the patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour that you feel stuck in.

Here, we explore and understand the patterns you’re repeating in life that make you unhappy, and we work to change them.

Here are some (by no means an exhaustive list) of common behaviour patterns and experiences in life that can cause problems:

  • Repetative conflict or dynamics between spouses, partners, friends or family members (for example one person is always passive while the other person feels angry with this),
  • Frequently attracting the same kind of partner (for example someone who cannot commit),
  • Overwork,
  • Frequently needing reassurance,
  • Intimacy avoidance
  • Obsessive patterns (like checking email several times a day or safety checking) ,
  • Having frequent situations of the same kind, at work, at home and in leisure (for example feeling bullied or ignored),
  • Addiction or losing control to food, love, abuse, the internet, sex, or other substances,
  • Frequent uncontrollable anger,
  • Bouts of anxiety or paranoia,
  • Frequent fears or visualisations of illness, death, or other negative outcomes.

Staying with my emotions, becoming more in touch with my strength has saved me.

Susan

Service Provided and Therapeutic Approach

Counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults.

I have trained in various approaches to psychotherapy and worked with many different kinds of people. My psychotherapeutic approach is eclectic and flexible, and will be different for each client.

Our work takes place in my private therapy room in Upper Knowle, North Bristol, near to the A37 Wells Road. This is a very quiet, comfortable space, with plenty of free parking on street.

Number of sessions

Counselling and psychotherapy work over a short and a long- term period. From the very first session you may be introduced to an extremely valuable tool; a way to access your real, complete experience. You will also be offered compassion.

The longer the therapy, the more you will receive support around being able to exercise your ability to use this new tool. Like the use of a muscle that has not been exercised for a while, learning to implement this new tool takes practice and exercise. Specifically, accessing the unconscious (which contains our reasons for our actions) is a tricky business that takes practice. You as a client have the option to have sessions for as long or as little as you decide. However, it is true that counselling and psychotherapy are more effective with a longer commitment, particularly where the unwanted pattern of behaviour has been going on for a long time.

Counselling or psychotherapy?

It is not my intention here to explain in depth and accurately the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. This is a simple guideline. A psychotherapist is generally thought to have had more training, more experience, and is expected to work at greater depth, and with the 'Therapeutic Relationship' (transference, countertransference and the dynamics between the client and psychotherapist that reflect the dynamics the client has in other relationships.) For our purposes, I am not invested in whether we call our work counselling or psychotherapy. The depth at which we work and for how long, will be dictated by your level of awareness and interest. Depth may be offered to you, but what you actually want to do, and are ready to work with, will be very much responded to.

I’m amazed at how I can be in such a different place now to where I was just a few weeks ago.

Mark

Open Hours and Fees

Monday 9:45am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Saturdays & Sundays

Fees are £54 per hourly session in the daytime.

Evenings after 5pm £58 per hourly session.

Ethics

I am an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. As such I abide by and am answerable to their code of ethics, including Confidentiality.

See www.bacp.co.uk for more details.

Please be aware that I also run a social group on Meetup.com as a very small part time business. Because of the personal nature of Counselling and psychotherapy, and according to the ethics of this profession, it would be unhelpful and unethical for us to have a dual relationship. Ie. If you are part of my social group, we would not be able to work together in individual psychotherapy, and vice versa. Please be aware that if this is not discussed before our first counselling session, talking about it will take up part of your paid for session. So you are advised to check photographs of your social group organiser with my photograph here.