UK Counselling Services Shelley Treacher in the UK


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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Bristol


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

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

Here are some (by no means an exhaustive list)of common behaviour patterns which can cause problems:

  • Specific repeating conflict or dynamic 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,
  • 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 dominated or ignored),
  • addiction or losing oneself to food, love, control, the internet, sex or other substances,
  • frequent uncontrollable anger,
  • frequent fears or visualisations of death or trauma,
  • And so much more...


What I offer is a supportive approach, in a safe environment, guiding you towards being able to accept and trust yourself. Also, to finding others you can trust, and ways to relate well with other people. Our healthy relationship may also help you to re-pattern.


Service Provided and Therapeutic Approach

Counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults.

I have trained in various different approaches to psychotherapy and worked with lots of different kinds of issues, so 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.

I will also soon be working from a large, quiet, comfortable room near the A37 Wells Road, on the border of Totterdown and Upper Knowle in BS4. Parking is free on the drive or on street here.


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 caring and nourishment.
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.


Open Hours and Fees

Monday 3:30pm - 8:15pm
Tuesday 10:30 - 9:15pm
Wednesday 10:30 - 6:45pm
Thursday 10:30am - 9:15pm
Friday 10am - 4:45pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Fees are £52 per hourly session in the daytime.

Evenings £56 per hourly session.




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.

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Please be aware that I also run a social group on 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 therapeutically, 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.

“I’m amazed at how I can be in such a different place now to where I was just a few weeks ago“ - Mark, 12 th/ final session.

“Staying with my emotions, becoming more in touch with my strength has saved me” - Susan, 18 th session.

“I feel really strong about following my direction and path in life, thanks to our Therapy” - Kelly, 20 th session.



For Students of Counselling or Psychotherapy

I have been fortunate enough to work with several students of Counselling courses and Counsellors at the beginning of a career.  I am happy to offer a sliding scale concessionary rate to you, if you fit into this category (£37 to £47.)  Please note that this would need to be a daytime appointment and is subject to availability.


For School Staff/Teachers

I have had the privilege of working with many school teachers and school staff over the years. Currently I receive referrals for the staff of St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol. It is very easy for a teacher to feel stressed and overworked, which can give rise to very little time to deal with feelings or a personal life. All of which can mean that feelings build up and tension is felt both at work and away. Talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist can help you to feel supported, to understand yourself, and to make powerful changes.




Shelley Treacher.

Helping you to live life fully and vibrantly.

Contact me to discuss how I may be able to help you.



0117 3308123 or 07702 188676


Counselling & body centred psychotherapy practice based in Upper Knowle/ Totterdown, near to the Wells Road/ A37, and close to Templemeads Station. BS4 2DS.

Also in Bishopston, 162, Gloucester Road, BS7 8NT.

T: 0117 9830484 or
M: 07702 188676

For professional counselling services or psychotherapy in Bristol call, email or text: Shelley 0117 9830484 or 07702 188676. Or use the contact form at the end of this website.