Counselling / Psychotherapy / Mindfulness / Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, stress, bereavement, loss, shame and guilt, abuse, anger management.
Personal Development / Life Coaching
Non-violent communication, listening skills, overcome shyness, assertiveness, personal identity
Psychotherapy | Counselling | CBT | Mindfulness | Couple Counselling | Family Therapy | Bristol | Gloucester
Why Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Life challenges and feeling persistently unwell can sometimes be hard to cope with on your own.
Talking to a counsellor/psychotherapist can help you make sense of what is going on. A counsellor/psychotherapis listens without judgement, and will help you learn how to overcome your difficulties. He will support you in changing things you want to change so that you can find your way back to feeling well and in balance.
Through counselling / psychotherapy you can come to know yourself better, to feel more at peace with yourself and explore the full range of your potential.
What is Counselling / Psychotherapy?
For those who do not know, counselling is a form of therapy in which the client sits comfortably in a quiet room and talks face to face with the therapist. That is why it is often known as “talking therapy”.
Through carefully guided conversations I would help you to understand better what is happening and why, and then to seek effective ways to address the problems that are affecting your life.
Therapies I offer
When meeting the needs of my clients I try to be flexible and creative by having the approach that best suits them and their specific problems, including:
CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
My main therapeutic approach is CBT which is widely accepted as an evidence-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders. CBT addresses negative thoughts and unhelpful behaviours in order to change the way we feel and so gain greater balance in life.
Mindfulness - based therapy
Mindfulness is the art of living in the present with full awareness and can be a powerful therapeutic aid. Many of the difficulties people face can be addressed with a mindful attitude as this can bring a sense of balance and tranquillity in their lives.
During or after a treatment with CBT, Mindfulness can help to consolidate what was achieved and thus prevent relapses. I practise Mindfulness myself, and many of my clients are finding it very helpful.
Compassionate or Non-Violent Communication
Is the art of respecting and expressing your feelings and needs as well as requesting what you would like to change, whilst at the same time respecting the other person and being aware of their feelings, needs and wants. I teach this form of communication to help improve relationships in couples, with children, in the family and at work. This can also be a major tool in dealing with conflicts.
Long term Psychotherapy
Is offered to those who need more time to deal effectively with more deeply seated behaviour patterns and negative core beliefs.
I help couples address their relationship problems mostly in a twofold way:
§ Through coaching communication skills, which will improve the way they listen to each other and express how they feel, what they need and what they want, in a more compassionate and effective way.
§ Using the CBT approach to develop a better awareness of their expectations and underlying assumptions and to help them consider whether they need to change them.
During couple counselling it is also possible to have individual sessions for each one.
When it is not possible to save the relationship our work will then focus on how to manage the separation in a respectful way.
I provide counselling to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.
Is used to address the problems within the family and usually involves one or both parents and one or more of the children.
I help parents and children deal with a variety of problems and situations that affect relationships within the family and I try to use the approach that best fits the situation. When there is a need to improve the way people interact, I teach listening and communication skills. Sometimes there is a need for conflict mediation or anger management. Support for parenting skills is an important element in many cases.
CBT is an aid to understanding how unhelpful assumptions and behaviours contribute to maintaining the problems, as well as how these can be changed to improve relationships.
Problems I Can Help You With
Over the years I have successfully helped people overcome a variety of difficulties, such as:
- Anxiety, worry, panic attacks, phobias
- Challenging life circumstances such as:
- health problems
- relationship breakdown or separation
- financial difficulties
- academic failure, etc.
- Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and assertiveness, indecisiveness, shyness,
- Shame and guilt
- Stress after a traumatic event
- Anger management and expressing strong emotions in a safe and healthy way
- Family conflicts
- Marriage and relationship difficulties
- Sexual orientation
- Intercultural issues
- Personal identity
- Harassment and intimidation at work and job related stress
- Suicidal thoughts
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse, present or past
Accreditation with the BACP : More»
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (based on the CBT approach) : More»
WPF Certificate in Counselling (Psychodynamic approach) : More»
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course
Parentline Plus Training Course for Facilitators of Parenting Groups
Foundation Course in Non-Violent Communication : More»
Training Course in Community Mediation with Resolve Mediation in association with Bracknell & Wokingham College
BA (Hons) (equiv) Philosophy with Porto University
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, Psychotherapy