Counselling in Bristol

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Photo of Alex Ogando, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Alex Ogando
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Bristol BS37
Are you supporting a young person aged 10-25 who is struggling to cope with academic stressors, life transitions, anxious thoughts, and big feelings? Do they feel misunderstood, helpless, and not sure how to move forwards? That sounds really tough for them, and you. They aren't alone in that experience, and you don’t need to try and figure it out alone either - this is where a therapist such as myself can be of help! I work extensively with young people/adults, providing a warm, supportive, and creative space, where difficult thoughts and feelings can be explored, expressed, understood, and moved through.
Are you supporting a young person aged 10-25 who is struggling to cope with academic stressors, life transitions, anxious thoughts, and big feelings? Do they feel misunderstood, helpless, and not sure how to move forwards? That sounds really tough for them, and you. They aren't alone in that experience, and you don’t need to try and figure it out alone either - this is where a therapist such as myself can be of help! I work extensively with young people/adults, providing a warm, supportive, and creative space, where difficult thoughts and feelings can be explored, expressed, understood, and moved through.
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Photo of CBT Online Claire Simmons , Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
CBT Online Claire Simmons
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS6  (Online Only)
All of my sessions are online on Zoom. I offer a safe and collaborative space to explore the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that can be connected to your current issue. I can help with difficulties such as social anxiety, feeling 'stuck', low self-esteem, and depression. You shall develop tools and techniques, to encourage more healthy ways of thinking and responding, to gain better emotional balance and reach your therapy goal.
All of my sessions are online on Zoom. I offer a safe and collaborative space to explore the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that can be connected to your current issue. I can help with difficulties such as social anxiety, feeling 'stuck', low self-esteem, and depression. You shall develop tools and techniques, to encourage more healthy ways of thinking and responding, to gain better emotional balance and reach your therapy goal.
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Photo of Steve Moore, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Steve Moore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS8
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or another. It may be a deep-rooted issue that goes back to childhood, a past relationship or a trauma. It may be some destructive behaviour such as a form of self-harm or an eating disorder. It may be a negative thought process that is having an impact on our daily life. Whatever the issue, I believe counselling can help. Having a place where we can allow ourselves time and a calm space to think, talk and work things out can be absolutely priceless.
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or another. It may be a deep-rooted issue that goes back to childhood, a past relationship or a trauma. It may be some destructive behaviour such as a form of self-harm or an eating disorder. It may be a negative thought process that is having an impact on our daily life. Whatever the issue, I believe counselling can help. Having a place where we can allow ourselves time and a calm space to think, talk and work things out can be absolutely priceless.
0117 325 4265 View 0117 325 4265
Photo of Emily Walmsley, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Emily Walmsley
Psychotherapist, PhD, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Bristol BS7
I welcome clients facing a wide range of difficulties in their lives and offer a safe, non-judgemental space to listen and help you find ways to move on. You can bring all your feelings - whether anger, loneliness, anxiety, fear, shame, simply being stuck - and together we can make sense of where these feelings come from. In doing so, we can reduce their hold on you.
I welcome clients facing a wide range of difficulties in their lives and offer a safe, non-judgemental space to listen and help you find ways to move on. You can bring all your feelings - whether anger, loneliness, anxiety, fear, shame, simply being stuck - and together we can make sense of where these feelings come from. In doing so, we can reduce their hold on you.
0117 463 0555 View 0117 463 0555
Photo of Annie Ballingal, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Annie Ballingal
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Bristol BS5
I am an integrative art therapist with 4+years experience working with people 18+. I offer a: welcoming, safe, and confidential space in which together, we can explore what's been on your mind. At the heart of what I do is to seek to understand your experience and perspective. This in turn, enables us to work together towards the change you'd like to see.
I am an integrative art therapist with 4+years experience working with people 18+. I offer a: welcoming, safe, and confidential space in which together, we can explore what's been on your mind. At the heart of what I do is to seek to understand your experience and perspective. This in turn, enables us to work together towards the change you'd like to see.
0117 463 4057 View 0117 463 4057
Photo of Natalina Miguel - Play Therapist @ Vermonti Health, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Natalina Miguel - Play Therapist @ Vermonti Health
Counsellor, PTUK
Verified
Bristol BS3
Creating a safe and secure environment is paramount, enabling children the freedom to explore at their own pace is so important. My primary aim is to first build upon a trusting therapeutic relationship. It is through this foundation, I believe, that will path the way to the child growing emotionally. I will seek to build their confidence, helping them to believe in who they are and knowing that they have the tools in which to help themselves.
Creating a safe and secure environment is paramount, enabling children the freedom to explore at their own pace is so important. My primary aim is to first build upon a trusting therapeutic relationship. It is through this foundation, I believe, that will path the way to the child growing emotionally. I will seek to build their confidence, helping them to believe in who they are and knowing that they have the tools in which to help themselves.
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Photo of Jenny Hersey, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Jenny Hersey
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS14
My counselling services are designed to help you overcome personal challenges and achieve your goals. I provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, gain insights into your behaviour, and develop strategies for positive change. My primary way of working is person centred which means the sessions are lead by you and you decide what you want to bring. I use other models such as psycho-dynamic, which focus on your past and family dynamics. I also use the solution focussed model which is outcome based.
My counselling services are designed to help you overcome personal challenges and achieve your goals. I provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, gain insights into your behaviour, and develop strategies for positive change. My primary way of working is person centred which means the sessions are lead by you and you decide what you want to bring. I use other models such as psycho-dynamic, which focus on your past and family dynamics. I also use the solution focussed model which is outcome based.
0117 463 0352 View 0117 463 0352
Photo of Dr Eoin Earley, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Eoin Earley
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS6
I believe in the power of opening up, and while I will draw on theory and knowledge to support each individual client, I am led by the client and their individual needs. An ideal client is someone who wishes to build a therapeutic space alongside me, allowing me to facilitate safety and build trust. I am interested in helping others to develop personal growth and insight through the relational dynamics they experience.
I believe in the power of opening up, and while I will draw on theory and knowledge to support each individual client, I am led by the client and their individual needs. An ideal client is someone who wishes to build a therapeutic space alongside me, allowing me to facilitate safety and build trust. I am interested in helping others to develop personal growth and insight through the relational dynamics they experience.
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Photo of Rebecca Smith, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Rebecca Smith
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS16
I am a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental psychotherapist and counsellor. I have worked with adults, young people and families for many years and am passionate about helping people on their way towards making change and living happier and more fulfilled lives. I offer a safe, non-judgemental environment in which you can explore what is going on for you and the impact this is having on your life. I offer a free, no-obligation, introductory session either on the telephone or online and both short term and longer term counselling is available.
I am a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental psychotherapist and counsellor. I have worked with adults, young people and families for many years and am passionate about helping people on their way towards making change and living happier and more fulfilled lives. I offer a safe, non-judgemental environment in which you can explore what is going on for you and the impact this is having on your life. I offer a free, no-obligation, introductory session either on the telephone or online and both short term and longer term counselling is available.
0117 463 7254 View 0117 463 7254
Photo of Dr Claudia Schmidt, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Claudia Schmidt
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified
Bristol BS9
Sometimes difficulties can have a major impact on our well-being, relationships or work. Maybe friends and family can offer some support but we may also choose to see a qualified and experienced practitioner, who can provide a safe space in which to work with whatever is going on for us. I have a wide range of experience, including working in the NHS, at university as Associate Lecturer and in a GP practice as a Lead Therapist and Supervisor, delivering Relational Integrative Therapy. I draw on Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches, relational CBT and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy).
Sometimes difficulties can have a major impact on our well-being, relationships or work. Maybe friends and family can offer some support but we may also choose to see a qualified and experienced practitioner, who can provide a safe space in which to work with whatever is going on for us. I have a wide range of experience, including working in the NHS, at university as Associate Lecturer and in a GP practice as a Lead Therapist and Supervisor, delivering Relational Integrative Therapy. I draw on Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches, relational CBT and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy).
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Photo of Jemma Spratt, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Jemma Spratt
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS6
As a humanistic therapist I believe that we are able to live fulfilled lives, where we can connect with the full spectrum of feelings, understand our thoughts and behaviours, and have healthy relationships. Experiences that have happened to us, or sometimes to our parents, society or culture as a whole, can disrupt our ability to feel, think, be and relate. Talking about problems that we know we have or allowing space for them to emerge is one way of being able to feel alive again, finding the flow of your life rather than crashing about in our own storm or get dragged into others.
As a humanistic therapist I believe that we are able to live fulfilled lives, where we can connect with the full spectrum of feelings, understand our thoughts and behaviours, and have healthy relationships. Experiences that have happened to us, or sometimes to our parents, society or culture as a whole, can disrupt our ability to feel, think, be and relate. Talking about problems that we know we have or allowing space for them to emerge is one way of being able to feel alive again, finding the flow of your life rather than crashing about in our own storm or get dragged into others.
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Photo of Stephen Rock, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Stephen Rock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS6
What you get from me is an attentive and proactive ally. I am friendly and compassionate, but I won't passively observe unhelpful patterns that are barriers to change. Challenging when necessary and in solidarity with the part of you that knows things can be better, will be a key aspect of our relationship. Profound and lasting changes are possible, which is why I encourage people to address the root causes of unhappiness and not settle for learning to live with problems and symptoms that can often be resolved.
What you get from me is an attentive and proactive ally. I am friendly and compassionate, but I won't passively observe unhelpful patterns that are barriers to change. Challenging when necessary and in solidarity with the part of you that knows things can be better, will be a key aspect of our relationship. Profound and lasting changes are possible, which is why I encourage people to address the root causes of unhappiness and not settle for learning to live with problems and symptoms that can often be resolved.
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Photo of Meera Phull, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Meera Phull
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified
Bristol BS16
We all have emotions and sometimes they don't match up to the way we want to be feeling. I believe that is as good a reason as any to invest the time to learn skills to help improve the way you feel. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, lacking confidence or simply not feeling yourself, my role is to help you learn how to feel better.
We all have emotions and sometimes they don't match up to the way we want to be feeling. I believe that is as good a reason as any to invest the time to learn skills to help improve the way you feel. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, lacking confidence or simply not feeling yourself, my role is to help you learn how to feel better.
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Photo of Hannah Lehrain, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Hannah Lehrain
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Bristol BS1
Does depression or anxiety stop you from living the life you want? – As an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist I offer NICE recommended, evidenced-based treatments for Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (worry), Health Anxiety, Insomnia, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Phobias, PTSD, Social Anxiety, Stress. I am also trained in IPT, a pragmatic and focused approach to treating depression, which focuses on resolving difficulties by helping patients to address interpersonal problems and relationship-based issues.
Does depression or anxiety stop you from living the life you want? – As an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist I offer NICE recommended, evidenced-based treatments for Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (worry), Health Anxiety, Insomnia, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Phobias, PTSD, Social Anxiety, Stress. I am also trained in IPT, a pragmatic and focused approach to treating depression, which focuses on resolving difficulties by helping patients to address interpersonal problems and relationship-based issues.
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Photo of Dawn Fretten Wilson, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Dawn Fretten Wilson
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS6
Sometimes life can feel like a real struggle. Are your thoughts and feelings reducing your enjoyment of life and your relationships with those around you? Maybe you are experiencing stress or a ‘stuckness’; feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and overwhelm; perhaps you are living with a recent or past loss or relationship difficulties; or is it that a lack of purpose or direction in life is dragging you down? I am an integrative therapist which means that I use elements of different psychological ideas to inform the most appropriate way of working with you. A background in the creative arts enriches and supports my practice.
Sometimes life can feel like a real struggle. Are your thoughts and feelings reducing your enjoyment of life and your relationships with those around you? Maybe you are experiencing stress or a ‘stuckness’; feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and overwhelm; perhaps you are living with a recent or past loss or relationship difficulties; or is it that a lack of purpose or direction in life is dragging you down? I am an integrative therapist which means that I use elements of different psychological ideas to inform the most appropriate way of working with you. A background in the creative arts enriches and supports my practice.
0117 325 2142 View 0117 325 2142
Photo of Heather Southall, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Heather Southall
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS6
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I'm Heather. Do you feel like you are overwhelmed with life at the moment? Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood? Are your relationships not how you would like them to be? I'm here to help you overcome issues around valuing yourself so that you have greater self-confidence, better wellbeing and a more positive outlook on your life using a variety of counselling approaches.
Hello, I'm Heather. Do you feel like you are overwhelmed with life at the moment? Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood? Are your relationships not how you would like them to be? I'm here to help you overcome issues around valuing yourself so that you have greater self-confidence, better wellbeing and a more positive outlook on your life using a variety of counselling approaches.
0117 463 0714 View 0117 463 0714
Photo of Tracy Blackmore, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Tracy Blackmore
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
Addiction can be life threatening, create fear and shame and often mask underlining issues, while creating further distress. Treatment needs an informed understanding, education, support and gentle challenge. As a lead therapist in a prestigious rehab, I manage other counsellors and work with clients bringing a specialism of trauma into the treatment of addiction. This weaves through the work in my private practice. My training, studies and experience, both professionally and personally has taken me toward looking at addiction as a symptom of psychological trauma.
Addiction can be life threatening, create fear and shame and often mask underlining issues, while creating further distress. Treatment needs an informed understanding, education, support and gentle challenge. As a lead therapist in a prestigious rehab, I manage other counsellors and work with clients bringing a specialism of trauma into the treatment of addiction. This weaves through the work in my private practice. My training, studies and experience, both professionally and personally has taken me toward looking at addiction as a symptom of psychological trauma.
01736 808732 View 01736 808732
Photo of Elyssa McKeown, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Elyssa McKeown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS6
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or self-esteem? Perhaps life is throwing big challenges your way? Or maybe you're starting to see some patterns play out in your relationships, that you can't quite make sense of? It can be hard to know where to start, and it can feel really isolating. But Counselling provides a non-judgmental, supportive space with a trained professional to help you work through difficult issues; deepen understanding of your self and ultimately harness your inner sense of strength.
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or self-esteem? Perhaps life is throwing big challenges your way? Or maybe you're starting to see some patterns play out in your relationships, that you can't quite make sense of? It can be hard to know where to start, and it can feel really isolating. But Counselling provides a non-judgmental, supportive space with a trained professional to help you work through difficult issues; deepen understanding of your self and ultimately harness your inner sense of strength.
020 3667 9823 View 020 3667 9823
Photo of Kate Hall, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Kate Hall
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS1
Not accepting new clients
I am a specialist relationship and couples counsellor having trained at Tavistock Relationships, the leading centre of excellence for couple psychotherapy. You might seek help for a specific issue, such as going through a life transition whether that is living together, becoming parents, retiring, experienced a bereavement, or facing illness. You might be struggling to communicate with your partner about your needs, feeling lonely or anxious within your relationship, there has been an affair, or you are struggling to form relationships.
I am a specialist relationship and couples counsellor having trained at Tavistock Relationships, the leading centre of excellence for couple psychotherapy. You might seek help for a specific issue, such as going through a life transition whether that is living together, becoming parents, retiring, experienced a bereavement, or facing illness. You might be struggling to communicate with your partner about your needs, feeling lonely or anxious within your relationship, there has been an affair, or you are struggling to form relationships.
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Photo of Indigo Moon, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Indigo Moon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS30
I offer a safe, compassionate non-judgmental space for the client to explore whatever is troubling them Through this work the client will hopefully achieve their desired outcome and restore some peace in their life. My predominate client base has been around Domestic abuse and Addiction, although i also have experience in loss and grief , family issues, anxiety and depression and peri and postnatal illness. I have several rooms i can rent in various areas of Bristol. However at my Patchway office I am able to offer evening appointments.I use many different approaches in my client work dependent of the clients needs.
I offer a safe, compassionate non-judgmental space for the client to explore whatever is troubling them Through this work the client will hopefully achieve their desired outcome and restore some peace in their life. My predominate client base has been around Domestic abuse and Addiction, although i also have experience in loss and grief , family issues, anxiety and depression and peri and postnatal illness. I have several rooms i can rent in various areas of Bristol. However at my Patchway office I am able to offer evening appointments.I use many different approaches in my client work dependent of the clients needs.
0117 325 3819 View 0117 325 3819

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bristol

600+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Bristol who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
85% Self Esteem
84% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
64% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% AXA PPP
60% Aviva
46% Vitality

How Counsellors in Bristol see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
26% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bristol?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.