What is counselling?
When can counselling help?
Sometimes counselling is the best way to start to tackle difficulties in our life. The reasons for seeking counselling may be varied. You may be experiencing any of the following:
- Be unhappy with how you are feeling or behaving
- Feel dissatisfied with your relationships
- Lack confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Loss of a relationship
- Feelings of hopelessness
What can counselling offer?
Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore difficult issues in a safe and confidential space. The counsellor will not judge you but will support you in finding your own strength to deal with the issues.
Often people come to counselling because they are experiencing some relationship problems. It may be that you recognise that things are not as you would want them. You may feel frustrated in the need to change yourself, others, work or life in general. Often we recognise that we are repeating old patterns of behaviour that inhibit us from moving forward.
In order to understand our own relationship difficulties we first need to begin to develop a more intimate relationship with ourselves. Counselling can provide support for you to explore your own world, to discover what is meaningful and of value to you. From understanding come new opportunities to learn and practice new skills. Make new choices and the ability to create more of what we want in our lives. This can become the gateway to a richer and more fulfilling experience.
At the healing rooms we offer individual, couple and group counselling, support for eating disorders and counselling supervision. Please check individual counsellor’s details for further information.
- Patricia FalveyCraniosacral Therapy | Counselling
- Mandy RobertsCounselling and CBT
- Kerstin PullinCounselling, Supervision, EMDR Therapy
- James ClanceyPsychotherapy | Counselling | Supervision
- Chris MounsherCounselling
Hello! I hope this helps you choose your therapy and therapist.
I’m Patricia, I am an embodied, relational therapist drawing on over 15
years’ experience of one to one therapy work. I am offering a safe,
warm, and held space to support and help you through whatever is
going on for you right now. I offer both craniosacral therapy which is a
touch-based therapy developed from osteopathy and counselling which
is a talk-based therapy.
You may be experiencing discomfort or pain that is showing up asphysical, psychological, emotional or spiritual in nature, often a combination. It may be that you just don’t know what is going on with you right now, it’s just all too much, too painful or you feel disconnected. There may be a sense of difficult or overwhelming past/present experiences a wish to move through a stuck place. You might be seeking a supported space from which to enquire into the nature of your being…Peoples reasons for coming for therapy are vast and unique, what brings you?
I am professionally trained on accredited courses and am also a registered professional member with both the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and the Craniosacral Therapy Association (RCST).
This can assure you that my training was of a very high standard, that I am continually developing and updating my professional therapeutic understanding and practise and to trust that I am working within standardised ethical frameworks. I also hold a diploma with the British Psychological Society in Relational Mindfulness as well as my BA (Hons) degree.
I have post grad training from Karuna Institute, SOS Internationale Peter Levine’s school of Somatic Experiencing and in TRe (Trauma Releasing exercises). In addition I have studied and explored in depth the approaches of working with trauma of Peter Levine, Basel van de Kolk and Babette Rothschild.
I draw on all this as well as my personal life experiences and my experience of client work (both in private practise and with counselling agencies such as Bristol MIND) to offer these two different therapeutic approaches to support you. Please do get in touch.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, is a gentle hands on body work, born out of Osteopathy in the 1900’s, using relational touch and deep presence to palpate (or “listen’) to what is happening in the clients body and works with the body’s innate wisdom and life energy to bring about awareness, release, flow, balance and supports you in restoring a healthy relationship with your body-mind and your life energy.
Whilst very subtle, CST is a profound and powerful treatment process that can bring long lasting change in both the physical and psychological aspects of your being. Clients I’ve worked with have had treatment for all kinds of reasons; physical injury and pain, long term problems in the body that are unexplained or just aren’t being helped by other methods, low mood or energy levels, migraines, headaches, dissociative feelings, fertility issues, feeling stuck. Really the list could go on, again, if you are not sure if it’s for you, just get in touch!
Integrative Relational Counselling.
Counselling can vary quite a lot depending on training and approach. Mine, in part, has been at the BACP accredited training at the University of West of England (level 5) in Relational Integrative Counselling which means I can draw on a number of therapeutic theoretical models at different times in the therapy to support and focus our work together. That’s the Integrative part, the relational part is that our relationship will form the basis of our work together and will help inform and deepen the process. It is a 3 year training which requires a minimum of 60 hours of personal therapy. This makes a difference!
My approach, is very much about our relationship; to build safety, trust and authenticity from which to explore your world. I offer my experience, time and skills but firmly believe that it is you who holds the inner wisdom to determine your own future, one of the joys of doing this work is helping you connect to that inner wisdom. Keys to finding that can come from mindful embodied awareness and my background in Cranial work and Mindfulness are very much a part of my approach.
Are you feeling stuck?
Anxious, angry, stressed out?
Or do you just need to offload and talk ?
My name is Mandy and I am a friendly down to earth Integrative counsellor, I am a registered member of the BACP .
My sessions will give you the clarity to identify your issues, enabling you to reflect and find new ways of dealing with difficult and challenging situations. This will facilitate the letting go of negative behavioural patterns and subsequently enable you to move forward and live a more rewarding and contented life.
My sessions can include mindfulness and relaxation techniques too.
Areas of specialism
Mobile: 07759 521096
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share – whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor rooted in humanistic, person-centred practice. My approach is to follow the natural path of your journey, your expressed needs and vulnerabilities. Some people come for counselling because they are going through a challenging time (e.g. work, family and friendship related) or experiencing themselves as being misfits, lonely, stuck, anxious, depressed or alienated from the world.
I am open to adapt my approach to suit your needs, as you might at times prefer a rather directive, creative, reflective or experimental way of therapeutic exploration. This could include contemporary, compassion focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (CF-CBT), mindfulness, music, artwork, guided imagery, voice and body work. To ensure you feel safe and benefit from the sessions, we will review the counselling process at regular intervals. Whether you seek short term counselling, would like to work towards specific goals or start a long term journey to explore something you can’t quite put into words or make sense of.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours (BSc Hons) in Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Academically, I undertook research in social constructionism and empowerment initiatives and their impact on professionals working with children and adults affected by sexual abuse; primarily incorporating aspects of gender, linguistics, neuroscience, diagnostics (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and to some extend sexuality (e.g. gender fluidity) and cultural influences (e.g. attitudes to gender).
I have been working in the field of mental health in various capacities since 2005, before choosing to pursue an academic path within the psychology sector in 2012.
Other qualifications and experiences
Enhanced DBS check, Accredited to work with sexual violence provided by Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC).
Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in mental health services, Department of Health
Applied Suicide Intervention Skill (ASIST)
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Alcohol Addiction, co-dependency and motivational interviewing, SWAN Training Certificate
Organisation and facilitation of contact groups for individuals and couples who face infertility challenges
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with EMDR Works.
Memberships and Networks
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
Durham University’s Centre for Research into Abuse and Violence (CRiVA)
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS)
Psychotherapy and counselling
People come to counselling for many reasons: Grief, relationship or work-related issues, depression, anxiety or sometimes because of a subtle feeling that something isn’t right? Therapy can help you to explore these areas of your life and to consider if you want to make changes.
I offer a warm, compassionate and open space for you to explore what you need to. Whatever we discuss between us is confidential as outlined in the BACP Ethical framework for good practice.
I quailed as a counsellor in 2002 and trained again in Gestalt psychotherapy in 2007 and qualifying in 2014. My gestalt training enriched my ability to creatively engage in my practice and allowed me to offer longer term and deeper work with clients. Gestalt therapy focuses on how we make contact with the world and the creative adjustments we adopt to function in it. It looks at when and how these adjustments were adopted and how they serve us, or not in the present.
I offer both counselling and psychotherapy, long and short term. I have undertaken additional training in trauma My therapy background has been a mixture of private practice and specialised addiction therapy for residential rehabilitation centres. I work with trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression and addiction. Please view my website https://theholdingpoint.co.uk/ or bacp registration https://www.bacp.co.uk/search/Register for a fuller description.
I have worked as a mentor and supervisor people for the past 12 years and qualified in supervision with CSTD in Bath Somerset in 2021. I supervised and mentored students who were studying their degrees and diplomas in both specialised addiction courses and counselling courses. My work with them motivated me to seek my personal training and qualification in Supervision.
I use a relational and creative approach to supervision using Hawkins and shoats 7 eyed model. I find the modal offers a comprehensive framework to work within and keep he worked centred with respecting the therapists Professional and Personal development. The Model lends itself to ongoing effective supervision within the caring professions and public services.
My fees are £65 and £55 for concessions and counselling/supervision students sessions are for 50 minutes.
Mobile: 07725 988566
Registered Member MBACP (Accred) Number
My aim is to help you overcome the problems and issues that bring you to therapy, exploring them in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Central to my work is the use of Gestalt. Gestalt is a particular humanistic approach that doesn’t give people labels; instead I work to understand you in the context of the world you live in. I will help you to become aware of the patterns in your life, and support you in making the changes you want to make.
I can help with a wide variety of issues, such as:
Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, infertility issues, drug and alcohol dependency, abuse, self harm, anger, disability, loss and bereavement, lack of meaning and relationship difficulties.
If the above descriptions don’t fit what you’re experiencing please contact me, as my focus is always on your individual experience.
My practice is LGBTQ+ affirmative.