Counselling in Bristol

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Photo of Nicholas McLellan, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Nicholas McLellan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Most of us are taught from an early age that we should hide parts of ourselves to get by. As the person we are pulls away from the person we’re told we should be, we’re left with lingering distress and a struggle to feel truly connected and at home within ourselves. I believe the more we understand, accept and nurture ourselves, the more equipped to find the connection, community and purpose we’re longing for. Perhaps you feel that sense of struggle, or are feeling unmoored from the person you really are. Perhaps you're looking for support as you grow and find your way.
Most of us are taught from an early age that we should hide parts of ourselves to get by. As the person we are pulls away from the person we’re told we should be, we’re left with lingering distress and a struggle to feel truly connected and at home within ourselves. I believe the more we understand, accept and nurture ourselves, the more equipped to find the connection, community and purpose we’re longing for. Perhaps you feel that sense of struggle, or are feeling unmoored from the person you really are. Perhaps you're looking for support as you grow and find your way.
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Photo of Akin Omobitan, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Akin Omobitan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I'm Akin, a therapist specialising in psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I help people resolve issues related to anxiety, depression and stress, people who wish to experience change, healing and self-discovery. I offer the therapeutic time and space needed for you to freely process past or present experiences such as trauma, abuse or life crises. For you, such issues might be presenting in the form of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, low quality relationships or a need for anger management or support with addiction. Let's talk about what's brought you here and work on a way forward.
Hi, I'm Akin, a therapist specialising in psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I help people resolve issues related to anxiety, depression and stress, people who wish to experience change, healing and self-discovery. I offer the therapeutic time and space needed for you to freely process past or present experiences such as trauma, abuse or life crises. For you, such issues might be presenting in the form of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, low quality relationships or a need for anger management or support with addiction. Let's talk about what's brought you here and work on a way forward.
0117 463 3774 View 0117 463 3774
Photo of Cactus Counselling, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Cactus Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
I am a creative, enthusiastic neurodivergent counsellor. I'm passionate about helping anybody who is childfree by choice, estranged, or affected by migraines. Aside from these issues I will also happily work with a wide range of other issues.
I am a creative, enthusiastic neurodivergent counsellor. I'm passionate about helping anybody who is childfree by choice, estranged, or affected by migraines. Aside from these issues I will also happily work with a wide range of other issues.
0117 463 3661 View 0117 463 3661
Photo of Dr Lucy Coonan, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Lucy Coonan
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
Not accepting new clients
Do you worry that you're a failure or not good enough? Do you feel low or anxious? We all experience thoughts and feelings like these at some point, but perhaps you've noticed a greater impact on your relationships and work and this stops you from living the life you want. I understand that it can be overwhelming to speak to a professional about how you’re feeling. I'm a chartered psychologist providing therapy for a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, stress, burnout, loss/life transitions and 'imposter syndrome'. My approach is warm, non-judgemental and compassionate.
Do you worry that you're a failure or not good enough? Do you feel low or anxious? We all experience thoughts and feelings like these at some point, but perhaps you've noticed a greater impact on your relationships and work and this stops you from living the life you want. I understand that it can be overwhelming to speak to a professional about how you’re feeling. I'm a chartered psychologist providing therapy for a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, stress, burnout, loss/life transitions and 'imposter syndrome'. My approach is warm, non-judgemental and compassionate.
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Photo of Kristelle Lynne Haslam, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Kristelle Lynne Haslam
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS9
I work with both individuals and couples. As an individual, some sudden event may have thrown you into crisis and challenged your ability to cope. This might include, a difficulty in a relationship; a loss/bereavement of some kind; or a change that has resulted in stress/anxiety and a feeling of being destabilised. Alternatively you may be suffering from a more general, on-going struggle to see any direction or purpose. A feeling of being disconnected from yourself and others and of there being very little enjoyment in your life.
I work with both individuals and couples. As an individual, some sudden event may have thrown you into crisis and challenged your ability to cope. This might include, a difficulty in a relationship; a loss/bereavement of some kind; or a change that has resulted in stress/anxiety and a feeling of being destabilised. Alternatively you may be suffering from a more general, on-going struggle to see any direction or purpose. A feeling of being disconnected from yourself and others and of there being very little enjoyment in your life.
0117 325 3523 View 0117 325 3523
Photo of Martha Cunningham, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Martha Cunningham
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
Let me tell you a bit about me... Finding a therapist that can actually relate to you is hard, can feel exhausting at times. I know because it took me a while to find an effective therapist that understands what it's like to struggle. I hope I can be that person for you. I have an intuitive, friendly approach and will work hard to empower you to make the changes you have been looking for. I work from a person centred stance as I believe the key to lasting therapy is forming strong trusting relationships, helping you to understand yourself better.
Let me tell you a bit about me... Finding a therapist that can actually relate to you is hard, can feel exhausting at times. I know because it took me a while to find an effective therapist that understands what it's like to struggle. I hope I can be that person for you. I have an intuitive, friendly approach and will work hard to empower you to make the changes you have been looking for. I work from a person centred stance as I believe the key to lasting therapy is forming strong trusting relationships, helping you to understand yourself better.
0117 463 5174 View 0117 463 5174
Photo of Ben Findlay, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Ben Findlay
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS2
Life can be difficult, however, there are times when difficulties and feelings become overwhelming and everything seems like a struggle. Having a capable ally alongside you who is impartial, warm and honest can be what’s needed to recognise and shift out of unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. Living in this world can't always be safe but I believe we are meant to feel safe in our bodies and our sense of who we are. Rather than 'fixing' problems, focusing on being 'better' or even happier, we can develop our sense of security, wholeness and worth, increasing our ability to navigate life's challenges.
Life can be difficult, however, there are times when difficulties and feelings become overwhelming and everything seems like a struggle. Having a capable ally alongside you who is impartial, warm and honest can be what’s needed to recognise and shift out of unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. Living in this world can't always be safe but I believe we are meant to feel safe in our bodies and our sense of who we are. Rather than 'fixing' problems, focusing on being 'better' or even happier, we can develop our sense of security, wholeness and worth, increasing our ability to navigate life's challenges.
0117 463 4615 View 0117 463 4615
Photo of Anna Fletcher Counsellor Coach, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Anna Fletcher Counsellor Coach
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
Counsellor and Coach - I understand that life can seem difficult at times and it can be hard to put into words what is troubling you. When feeling sad, low or anxious, reaching out for help can seem a daunting prospect. Whether you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and at a crossroads in life or you just want to understand yourself better, I can work with you to explore, express and untangle complex internal emotions. If you feel you're at a point where you're ready to transform how you feel, resolve something or shift your mindset, as a trainee coach I am also offering a low cost service. Please get in touch for more information.
Counsellor and Coach - I understand that life can seem difficult at times and it can be hard to put into words what is troubling you. When feeling sad, low or anxious, reaching out for help can seem a daunting prospect. Whether you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and at a crossroads in life or you just want to understand yourself better, I can work with you to explore, express and untangle complex internal emotions. If you feel you're at a point where you're ready to transform how you feel, resolve something or shift your mindset, as a trainee coach I am also offering a low cost service. Please get in touch for more information.
01275 402856 View 01275 402856
Photo of Andrew Cooke, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Andrew Cooke
Counsellor, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Core Process Psychotherapy is built on an embodied exploration and sharing of how it is to be uniquely you. All is welcome in the room; together as therapist and client we build a bond of safety and security. By slowing down and taking some refuge from life’s momentum, we can bring awareness to each passing moment, whatever arises.
Core Process Psychotherapy is built on an embodied exploration and sharing of how it is to be uniquely you. All is welcome in the room; together as therapist and client we build a bond of safety and security. By slowing down and taking some refuge from life’s momentum, we can bring awareness to each passing moment, whatever arises.
01275 402962 View 01275 402962
Photo of David Cox, Counsellor in Bristol, England
David Cox
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS36
You may be here because you want to feel better. It could be that you are struggling with an immediate life problem such as a specific anxiety, depression or life situation that you need someone to help you with. Or it may be a general feeling that something in life doesn't seem right and you want to explore it. Making sense of it can be difficult on your own. Through counselling, I can help you make sense of what is happening so that you can start to feel more like the person that you want to be.
You may be here because you want to feel better. It could be that you are struggling with an immediate life problem such as a specific anxiety, depression or life situation that you need someone to help you with. Or it may be a general feeling that something in life doesn't seem right and you want to explore it. Making sense of it can be difficult on your own. Through counselling, I can help you make sense of what is happening so that you can start to feel more like the person that you want to be.
01454 809561 View 01454 809561
Photo of Cassie de Pourtales, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Cassie de Pourtales
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Hello, I'm Cassie ! In practice for 13 years, I offer specialist trauma informed support to adults, adolescents and children. I offer adult & teen counselling, parent consultations and child play therapy. If you are a parent struggling to find effective solutions for your child's challenging/distressed behaviour, I'm here to help. If you are a young adult or teen struggling to manage your thoughts and emotions I can provide safe, warm and confidential support. If you are an adult battling with issues related to anxiety, grief, distress or major life changes I am here to help you find your way to relief, resolve and greater ease.
Hello, I'm Cassie ! In practice for 13 years, I offer specialist trauma informed support to adults, adolescents and children. I offer adult & teen counselling, parent consultations and child play therapy. If you are a parent struggling to find effective solutions for your child's challenging/distressed behaviour, I'm here to help. If you are a young adult or teen struggling to manage your thoughts and emotions I can provide safe, warm and confidential support. If you are an adult battling with issues related to anxiety, grief, distress or major life changes I am here to help you find your way to relief, resolve and greater ease.
01275 402765 View 01275 402765
Photo of Michelle Gale, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Michelle Gale
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS9
Hi, I'm Michelle. I offer counselling to individuals and couples. Life can be challenging and there are times we can feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe and compassionate space to explore the challenges you are facing. I'm trained as an integrative therapist, which means I draw from a range of counselling approaches including Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Gestalt. As each person is unique, I aim to listen and develop a way of working together that fits with your needs.
Hi, I'm Michelle. I offer counselling to individuals and couples. Life can be challenging and there are times we can feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe and compassionate space to explore the challenges you are facing. I'm trained as an integrative therapist, which means I draw from a range of counselling approaches including Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Gestalt. As each person is unique, I aim to listen and develop a way of working together that fits with your needs.
0117 463 4577 View 0117 463 4577
Photo of Avon CBT & Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Avon CBT & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, ACC-AC
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
Not accepting new clients
My counselling practice is guided by over 20 years of supporting people in difficult and often stressful situations, gained by working operationally in the NHS, Armed Forces, Emergency Services and the RNLI, as well as teaching in schools and a university. This experience informs my practice, enabling me to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to work through the concern, challenge or problem being faced. I offer CBT, Relationship (Couples) Counselling and ADHD Support to individuals and couples, delivered with a warm, calm and compassionate focus. I can provide counselling face-to-face, online or whilst walking outdoors.
My counselling practice is guided by over 20 years of supporting people in difficult and often stressful situations, gained by working operationally in the NHS, Armed Forces, Emergency Services and the RNLI, as well as teaching in schools and a university. This experience informs my practice, enabling me to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to work through the concern, challenge or problem being faced. I offer CBT, Relationship (Couples) Counselling and ADHD Support to individuals and couples, delivered with a warm, calm and compassionate focus. I can provide counselling face-to-face, online or whilst walking outdoors.
0117 463 0084 View 0117 463 0084
Photo of Leah Head, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Leah Head
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS34
Life can be a challenge in all sorts of ways, sometimes we need some independent support finding our way through those challenges. The issues affecting you may be current or things from the past that still impact you. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation. Perhaps you have experienced a bereavement, trauma or a life event that you need a safe space to process. Therapy can help you understand what you are feeling and find a way forward.
Life can be a challenge in all sorts of ways, sometimes we need some independent support finding our way through those challenges. The issues affecting you may be current or things from the past that still impact you. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation. Perhaps you have experienced a bereavement, trauma or a life event that you need a safe space to process. Therapy can help you understand what you are feeling and find a way forward.
0117 463 7982 View 0117 463 7982
Photo of Ashleigh Hennessy, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Ashleigh Hennessy
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
I offer a safe, non judgemental space for you to air your thoughts and work through any struggles you may be facing at your own pace. Areas I have the most experience with include anxiety, PTSD, bereavement, anger management, family and relationship issues, disability and chronic illness. Although counselling can't change the past, it can help change your perspective, giving you the strength and resilience to be able to thrive despite the challenges you are facing!
I offer a safe, non judgemental space for you to air your thoughts and work through any struggles you may be facing at your own pace. Areas I have the most experience with include anxiety, PTSD, bereavement, anger management, family and relationship issues, disability and chronic illness. Although counselling can't change the past, it can help change your perspective, giving you the strength and resilience to be able to thrive despite the challenges you are facing!
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Photo of Jimi D Katsis, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Jimi D Katsis
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1  (Online Only)
Have you decided to change the feelings and behaviours that stop you from living a life you want to live? Have you had enough of living with the crushing effects of anxiety and depression, dragging around the weight of your past? Do you finally feel ready to tackle the intrusive thoughts and negativity that seem to have a life of their own, impacting every decision you try to make? Are you carrying the weight of family dysfunction and trauma and are prepared to commit to a programme that will help you change how you think, feel and react?
Have you decided to change the feelings and behaviours that stop you from living a life you want to live? Have you had enough of living with the crushing effects of anxiety and depression, dragging around the weight of your past? Do you finally feel ready to tackle the intrusive thoughts and negativity that seem to have a life of their own, impacting every decision you try to make? Are you carrying the weight of family dysfunction and trauma and are prepared to commit to a programme that will help you change how you think, feel and react?
0117 463 6831 View 0117 463 6831
Photo of Sarah Jane Leonard, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Sarah Jane Leonard
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
Accredited member of the BACP: Face to face or video call. Over 16 years of experience. Relaxed and personable therapy where I Welcome you to my home or online where I offer a confidential, safe, professional, positive, supportive environment each session. I have been working in Counselling/psychotherapy for it’s my life’s passion. Let’s go back to your childhood and develop new skills to help you manage. I am down to earth and off a ray of understanding and guidance through difficult times. LGBTQ friendly.
Accredited member of the BACP: Face to face or video call. Over 16 years of experience. Relaxed and personable therapy where I Welcome you to my home or online where I offer a confidential, safe, professional, positive, supportive environment each session. I have been working in Counselling/psychotherapy for it’s my life’s passion. Let’s go back to your childhood and develop new skills to help you manage. I am down to earth and off a ray of understanding and guidance through difficult times. LGBTQ friendly.
0117 325 5728 View 0117 325 5728
Photo of Hazel Cawood, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Hazel Cawood
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I am a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Supervisor with over eleven years of experience. I work relationally, offering a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and understand underlying patterns in relationships. This can help you to identify changes that could be made, and support you to accept and move on from certain situations or emotional states. I will work with you towards greater self-understanding, self-acceptance and the freedom to choose the way you want to live your life.
I am a fully qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Supervisor with over eleven years of experience. I work relationally, offering a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and understand underlying patterns in relationships. This can help you to identify changes that could be made, and support you to accept and move on from certain situations or emotional states. I will work with you towards greater self-understanding, self-acceptance and the freedom to choose the way you want to live your life.
01275 402858 View 01275 402858
Photo of Chris Smith, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Chris Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
I have experience working with a diverse range of clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, codependency, low self-esteem. grief, loss, work-related stress, anger issues, trauma and addiction.
I have experience working with a diverse range of clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, codependency, low self-esteem. grief, loss, work-related stress, anger issues, trauma and addiction.
0117 325 6050 View 0117 325 6050
Photo of Nikki Holmes, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Nikki Holmes
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16
Life can bring us a variety of 'ups and downs.' Sometimes we feel able to cope with these and sometimes we need more support to see us through. You might be feeling stressed, anxious, lost or confused. It can be difficult to reach out and ask for help and you might feel worried about where or how to start. I can offer you a calm and non-judgemental space to explore whatever has brought you to Psychotherapy. I will follow your lead and work gently to support you in understanding yourself more fully, bringing self compassion to areas of difficulty and in moving towards greater freedom from whatever is troubling you.
Life can bring us a variety of 'ups and downs.' Sometimes we feel able to cope with these and sometimes we need more support to see us through. You might be feeling stressed, anxious, lost or confused. It can be difficult to reach out and ask for help and you might feel worried about where or how to start. I can offer you a calm and non-judgemental space to explore whatever has brought you to Psychotherapy. I will follow your lead and work gently to support you in understanding yourself more fully, bringing self compassion to areas of difficulty and in moving towards greater freedom from whatever is troubling you.
0117 463 5176 View 0117 463 5176

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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:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
85% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
78% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% AXA PPP
60% Aviva
45% Bupa

How Counsellors in Bristol see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% 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.