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.
- Ian HughesCounselling
- Kerstin PullinCounselling
- Patricia FalveyCraniosacral Therapy | Counselling
- Mandy Roberts
A warm welcome to you.
How about a little about me and how I work.
I am a qualified therapist involving Humanistic and integrative counselling. I have professional and personal experience working in and through Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, drug and alcohol addiction, issues around bullying, as well as PTSD and trauma. I also have experience working with those in Nerd/Geek and Alternative Culture.
I have experience working in and through anxiety, chronic or generalised anxiety disorder, stress, low self-esteem, depression, phobias and Addiction. I also have experience working with vulnerable people, people who have suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, eating disorders, addictions to alcohol, drugs and prescription medications, compulsive behaviours and processes. Also, I have worked with clients experiencing domestic violence, bullying, relational issues, and working with clients who I have experienced emotional trauma.
I feel it is vital that we work together in establishing a supportive and empathic relationship, through building trust and both of us creating a space in which you can explore and grow.
I believe that therapy can be the excavation of ourselves, that it can be as rewarding as it can be painful. Because of this, I feel it is essential you are treated with care, respect and move at a pace with which you are comfortable. However, I also feel we both must be involved with what you bring, for you at times to be challenged and be willing to focus on the work.
If you feel that it is time to begin or continue with counselling and think that I would be a good fit for you, then you can give me a call or send me an email, and we can arrange an initial session. When we meet for the first time, it will be an opportunity to get to know each other, and we can discuss what it is you would like to bring to therapy and what you would like to achieve. Then if you decide to continue, we can agree on a regular weekly slot.
I work both fixed, short, or long term and open-ended.
I work online and one on one.
I practice by the BACP ethical framework.
I have a level Five professional diploma in humanistic and integrative counselling from the City of Bristol College as well as further training in Addiction, co-dependency, motivational speaking, shame, and grief & loss.
My Prices are £50 per session, and I do offer concessionary rates to low-income clients.
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
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)
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.
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