Do you find it difficult to talk to family or friends?

A warm welcome to you.

Therapy with me is about getting to the heart of things in a way that is hard to do with a relative or friend. We will look at what causes your anxiety, difficult feelings, obsessive behaviours, or relational conflict. I will teach you easy and helpful methods to manage them, so you can have more control over your life.

Here are some patterns I work with

  • Overwork or over-thinking
  • Bouts of anxiety or distrust
  • Obsessive patterns or losing control with food
  • Recurring fears of illness, death, or other negative outcomes.
  • Repetitive conflict with spouses, partners, friends or family members
  • Feeling unappreciated
  • Needing reassurance
  • Intimacy avoidance
  • Painful or toxic relationship
  • Body shame

Susan

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

Susan

How I work

People often feel nervous talking about their past, but don't worry. We will go through it at a comfortable speed for you. This will help you feel stronger as you move forward in life.

I'll help you figure out what you need and learn how to communicate about it clearly.

I have trained in various approaches to psychotherapy and worked with many kinds of people. My psychotherapeutic approach is eclectic and flexible, and will be different for each client. However, my approach is hugely influenced by body centred psychotherapies like Hakomi, Sensory Awareness, and Somatic Experiencing.

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Service Provided

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My therapy sessions are typically 1 hour a week online, by phone, or 1 to 1 – depending on what you are comfortable with.

Online sessions are easily accessed via my Zoom link (you don't have to be tech-savvy for this). You can access sessions from the comfort of your own home during a time crunch, or whilst working away

In person sessions are in BS4 or BS6.

BS4 - My private therapy room in Upper Knowle, BS4, South Bristol, near to A37 Wells Road. This is a ground floor, quiet, comfortable space, with plenty of free parking on the street.

BS6 - A rented clinic space on the top floor at The Healing Rooms, 162 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol. BS7 8NT.

Number of sessions

Counselling and psychotherapy work over a short and a long-term period. From the first session you will be introduced to valuable tools; a way to access your real, complete experience and to self regulate. You will also be encouraged to forgive yourself for being human (which might be new).

The longer the therapy, the more you will receive support around being able to exercise your ability to use these tools. Like the use of a muscle that has not been exercised for a while, learning to implement new tools takes practice and exercise. Accessing the unconscious (which contains our reasons for our actions) is a tricky business that takes time and attention.

You, as a client, have the option to have sessions for as long or as little as you decide. It is true that therapy is more effective with a longer commitment, particularly where the unwanted pattern of behaviour is long-term.

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Short-term psychotherapy

Day time weekly individual sessions may be available, or join my waiting list.

Initially, people often come to counselling for brief periods to discuss a current concern.

It is important that you feel safe with me.  So all clients start with an initial session of up to an hour. The next step is to make a weekly commitment. This is usually 4 to 6 weeks. Towards the end of this, we review what you need. We then decide whether to continue, or to have a final session.

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Long-term psychotherapy

It may have taken a lifetime to build your habits and behaviours. As a result, some things take longer to understand and change. You may already know that you are looking for longer term psychotherapy.

My clients have the opportunity to stay for longer periods to work more deeply and thoroughly. Consequently, this is the most effective way to really make fundamental changes. It takes time to develop how you relate with people, and to improve your confidence, mood, and situation, more permanently.

Mark

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

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Monday Closed
Tuesday Early Evening - groups
Wednesday 10am - 4pm.
Thursday 10am - 4pm.
Friday 10am - 4:45pm
Saturdays & Sundays Closed

Fees

Fee for counselling and psychotherapy online, by telephone or in-person is £65 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.

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