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Counselling in Bristol and Chippenham

Are you struggling following a life event?
Do you feel flat and just getting out of bed is hard work?
Are you feeling tearful and don't know why?
Do you need someone to talk to in total confidence?

Welcome to my website.

My name is Jean and I'm a practising counsellor in Central Bristol, Southville and Chippenham.

After a major personal loss I experienced the benefits of counselling first hand and was able to make sense of my feelings and adjust to my new life. I took the decision to change the course of my life from a business background and re-trained as a counsellor. I've now been practising for over 8 years.

I've been reflecting on the impact that COVID-19 has been having on us. I liken it to the stages of grief:
Shock and denial
Pain and guilt
Depression, reflection and loneliness
The upward turn
Reconstruction and working through.....
Acceptance and hope

(stages taken from www.recover-from-grief.com)

Of course, these stages will mean different things for all of us. We are already hearing about acts of kindness in our communities and the effect of less pollution in our air. Whatever happens, when this is over we will be stronger as a nation for it. Keep well and keep safe.

Looking after yourself - coping strategies
Keeping yourself well is so important. Here are just a few tips which may help you and you may wish to share them with your clients.

Limit watching the news to just once a day.
Stay connected with people via video, phone, chat or text.
Write a letter to an elderly relative.
Increasing awareness and understanding of depression with Blurt,
Practice Mindfulness for free with Headspace,
Enjoy outside spaces, it's springtime and the flowers are starting to blossom again.
Spend time reading a favourite book.

I realised that the hardest step could be deciding which counsellor to choose. It's not a 'one size fits all' and empathic communication relies on the chemistry and relationship built between us. It probably feels very scary to take that first step into the unknown so I invite you to contact me to see how it feels. Only then will you have created the opportunity to overcome your fears, anxieties and concerns.

So, why me? How can I help you? I can allay your fears by answering your questions and we will work at your pace. It's important that you feel safe so we need to build trust. This takes time.

Please feel free to contact me on 07557 911551 or click the button on this page if you prefer to email me. I will respond within 24 hours. Your wellbeing is of paramount importance to me so I have taken the difficult decision work using phone, Zoom, FaceTime or Whatsapp for the time being.

I will aim to offer you a space that fits with your own schedule where I can. Because I work as a therapist in very central locations (Bristol, Southville and Chippenham, all locations are easy to reach by public transport and have parking nearby.

You may feel that it's impossible to see further than today. Counselling could be your first step away from despair and darkness and towards a brighter tomorrow. Helping you to view things from another perspective. Allowing you to tell your story, possibly for the very first time. Click here to read what my clients have said.

I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. I'm committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. After we have been in touch you can attend a first "exploratory" session with me without any obligation for just £25 for 50 minutes. If we decide to proceed, my fees will be £45. If I am not the right counsellor for you, I will help you find another therapist.

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :

Suicidal thoughts, Relationships, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Bereavement, Redundancy, Trauma, Complex Grief, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse

My therapy rooms are located in central locations and within easy reach of public transport:

* New Road, Chippenham,
* Redcliffe Parade East, Central Bristol (near St Mary Redcliffe Church) and
* The Practice Rooms, North Street, Southville, Bristol

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