Private Counselling Services Bristol

Private Counselling Services Bristol

If you are seeking private, confidential counselling in Bristol to a high standard of sensitivity and professionalism I invite you to contact me about working together. I have over seven years experience of working in the private healthcare system. Most recently, before moving to Bristol, I worked at the flagship Priory hospital in Roehampton, London, so I am well acquianted with needs of individuals requiring a private therapy service.

If you are looking into counselling for the first time it may feel confusing and somewhat daunting. You may be asking yourself: “How do I know what is the right kind of therapy for me? How do I know which therapist will be best for me? What if I don’t get on with the therapist once I’ve begun?” These can seem difficult questions to answer, particularly when under the kinds of pressure that can prompt us to seek help in the first place.

The first thing to consider is what type of therapy do you want? There are lots to choose from but a simple breakdown is given here http://www.mind.org.uk/help/medical_and_alternative_care/making_sense_of_counselling#whatis. It is helpful to find out about the approaches on offer and see which ones seem suited to your personality and aims.

I am an Integrative counsellor, which means I adjust the ways I work according to your needs at any given time. Having trained working with addictions, eating disorders and other compulsive conditions I am adept at addressing behavioural change, which at times requires Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT) and tasks-based interventions. However, my preferred orientation is towards a “person-centred” (Humanistic) approach, in which I look to deeply supporting you through empathy, congruence and acceptance of you and any issues that you bring to therapy. My experience tells me that the most long-lasting change arises through people feeling really listened to, accepted and supported in finding their way through whatever difficulties they are facing. It is therefore vital to work with someone you feel comfortable with and trusting towards.

I offer an initial consultation in which you have the opportunity to ask me anything you’d like to know about the way I work and what to expect from therapy. Through spending this time together you will have a chance to see if you feel comfortable with me. I also then have the chance to assess whether my training and experience are suited to the help you’re looking for.

Another aspect to consider is choosing someone who is well qualified and accredited. Accreditation is the outcome of a lengthy process through which a therapist demonstrates their capability by building up significant counseling experience during their training, and shows understanding of the therapeutic process through case study reports. Credentials can be checked by making an enquiry to the therapist’s accrediting organization. The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) are the most widely recognized accrediting bodies in the UK for counselors and psychotherapists. I am accredited with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) because I initially studied addiction psychology. I am also a member of BACP, which means I abide by their code of ethics, which can be found at http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/.

You can contact me via the form below or simply call me on 07737 092 625. Please feel free to enquire about any aspect of therapy

Private Counselling Services Bristol

Bristol Student Counselling Service

Bristol Student Counselling Service

Depression can hurt not only your mind but your body as well. It can be hard when you are under the cloud of depression. Yet, taking control of many of the aspects and causes of your depression is still very possible. The following tips will help get you back on your feet and on the road to recovery.

Don’t stop eating. This causes your blood sugar to dive between meals and to jump when you eat which can cause mood swings. Try to eat small, nutritious meals every few hours to keep your blood sugar stable. That way, you don’t have to worry that your food intake is contributing to your depression.

The next time you are feeling depressed, grab a great book. A book provides you with an escape to a fantasy land with fictional characters and exciting events. It can provide your mind with just the release it needs, and give you a moment to not focus on your depression.

While many realize that exercising is an important tip to help combat depression, it is equally important to exercise your mind. Keep your mind active and alert when you are dealing with depression as this can elevate your mood when you accomplish a task you have set your mind to.

If the area you live in is part of the cause of your depression, you may want to think about moving. People who live in undesirable neighborhoods tend to get depressed because they do not feel safe. Changing your environment can help to reduce or get rid of many of your feelings of uneasiness.

Exercise is an effective and scientifically proven way to combat depression. The reason why it works is because exercise increases your endorphin levels which provide a feeling of well being. If you are feeling down, a great way to start getting better is to create an exercise plan. It can be as simple as allocating an hour a day to jogging.

If you are struggling with depression, two good options to consider in the treatment of depression are using interpersonal therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Interpersonal therapy centers on your relationships and how you cope with them. Cognitive behavior therapy focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression.

Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is also another great way to battle depression. Clinical studies have very reliably shown that both those who over sleep and those that under sleep are more prone to experience clinical depression. If you can, you should have a set sleep schedule which allows for seven or eight hours of sleep.

Exercise releases endorphins in your brain. These endorphins are feel good mood boosters. If you feel like you are depressed, or even just in a bad mood, get up and do some exercise. The more rigorous and energetic the better. It will help you feel better and get you into shape at the same time.

As you have read above, there are many ways to take the hurt out of depression and get yourself in a better place both mentally and physically. Attentive application of these suggestions will help you to recover, and at the very least will lessen the impact that depression has on you.

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