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Photo of Helen Sanders, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Helen Sanders
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS14  (Online Only)
My ideal client would be someone wanting to gain self-awareness and insight into themselves. A person who is ready to seek a space for exploration and wants to use it to find out who they are, not what society and other people are telling them they should be, but their authentic voice. The client would want to find greater freedom by exploring the life journey they have been on and what this has meant to them. It's not for me to tell the client what their goals are but for me to provide them with a therapeutic space so they can find out for themselves.
My ideal client would be someone wanting to gain self-awareness and insight into themselves. A person who is ready to seek a space for exploration and wants to use it to find out who they are, not what society and other people are telling them they should be, but their authentic voice. The client would want to find greater freedom by exploring the life journey they have been on and what this has meant to them. It's not for me to tell the client what their goals are but for me to provide them with a therapeutic space so they can find out for themselves.
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Photo of Natasha Vdovkina, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Natasha Vdovkina
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Bristol BS8
No evening or weekend availability. Fully qualified, BACP and EMDR accredited, I have been working with clients in a variety of settings, including the NHS, local therapy centre for women, Bristol University, voluntary sector organisations and private practice. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands, struggling with anxiety and depression, experienced trauma as a child or adult, or simply looking for self-growth and deeper understanding of yourself, I hope to be able to help you.
No evening or weekend availability. Fully qualified, BACP and EMDR accredited, I have been working with clients in a variety of settings, including the NHS, local therapy centre for women, Bristol University, voluntary sector organisations and private practice. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands, struggling with anxiety and depression, experienced trauma as a child or adult, or simply looking for self-growth and deeper understanding of yourself, I hope to be able to help you.
0117 463 3255 View 0117 463 3255
Photo of Iulian Chear, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Iulian Chear
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS1
Not accepting new clients
Asking yourself how you can make your life more meaningful, in spite of whatever issue you may be struggling with? Counselling can help you make sense of it and move forward. I provide a safe, engaging, and supportive space for you to explore any issue that is troubling you. The ultimate goal would be to help you create a more meaningful life and new ways of approaching your relationship with yourself and others.
Asking yourself how you can make your life more meaningful, in spite of whatever issue you may be struggling with? Counselling can help you make sense of it and move forward. I provide a safe, engaging, and supportive space for you to explore any issue that is troubling you. The ultimate goal would be to help you create a more meaningful life and new ways of approaching your relationship with yourself and others.
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Katie Gannaway/Down to Earth Integrative Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS4  (Online Only)
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
0117 463 3359 View 0117 463 3359
Photo of Dr Shelley Kerr, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Shelley Kerr
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
We all want to enjoy the lives we have, not be bogged down in self criticism, overwhelmed by emotions, stuck in spirals of negative thinking, or be haunted by the past. If you find yourself here because you're struggling with anxiety, depression, painful emotions, self criticism, or patterns of coping that are damaging your life and your relationships, then you're in the right place. Again and again I have seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that can come with these cycles. With the right support you too can take the courageous, and sometimes painful steps towards becoming the person you'd like to be.
We all want to enjoy the lives we have, not be bogged down in self criticism, overwhelmed by emotions, stuck in spirals of negative thinking, or be haunted by the past. If you find yourself here because you're struggling with anxiety, depression, painful emotions, self criticism, or patterns of coping that are damaging your life and your relationships, then you're in the right place. Again and again I have seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that can come with these cycles. With the right support you too can take the courageous, and sometimes painful steps towards becoming the person you'd like to be.
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Photo of Charlene Wolf, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Charlene Wolf
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS15
I am a qualified integrative Counsellor offering in person sessions only. I offer a warm, compassionate approach in a non judgemental space. I have experience working with bereavement, anxiety, anger, depression, chronic pain, life transitions and communication within relationships.
I am a qualified integrative Counsellor offering in person sessions only. I offer a warm, compassionate approach in a non judgemental space. I have experience working with bereavement, anxiety, anger, depression, chronic pain, life transitions and communication within relationships.
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Photo of Simone Passos, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Simone Passos
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS2
The psychologist can help you. Count on the support of a professional. Many think that the psychologist is exclusive for mental illnesses, this is a myth, the psychologist works in several areas and uses the best and specific knowledge to help people to have an improvement, guidance or even a determination that generates doubts in several aspects of your everyday life.
The psychologist can help you. Count on the support of a professional. Many think that the psychologist is exclusive for mental illnesses, this is a myth, the psychologist works in several areas and uses the best and specific knowledge to help people to have an improvement, guidance or even a determination that generates doubts in several aspects of your everyday life.
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Photo of Andrea Herbert, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Andrea Herbert
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS6
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
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Photo of The Rose May Practice - Sarah Davies , Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
The Rose May Practice - Sarah Davies
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS5  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
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Photo of Vikki Joy Fear, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Vikki Joy Fear
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS6
Waitlist for new clients
I am a down to earth and approachable counsellor for children, young people and adults. I have 27 years experience working with young people who have been abused as well as people with neurodivergence. At times, feelings and behaviours can become difficult due to past trauma, increasing anxiety or for unknown reasons. We can also feel this physically and it blocks lifes natural progression. Past trauma does not need to be extreme and we often underestimate the impact an event has on us. I can help you make sense of your emotions and behaviours and manage your responses to triggers, allowing progression towrards your desired goals.
I am a down to earth and approachable counsellor for children, young people and adults. I have 27 years experience working with young people who have been abused as well as people with neurodivergence. At times, feelings and behaviours can become difficult due to past trauma, increasing anxiety or for unknown reasons. We can also feel this physically and it blocks lifes natural progression. Past trauma does not need to be extreme and we often underestimate the impact an event has on us. I can help you make sense of your emotions and behaviours and manage your responses to triggers, allowing progression towrards your desired goals.
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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.
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Photo of Richard Acklam, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Richard Acklam
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS8
I am a Relate-trained relationship counsellor. I have a private practice in Clifton, Bristol. I work exclusively with couples. Couples come for counselling for a wide variety of reasons. It can be a great opportunity to explore what is or is not happening in your relationship and to make changes that lead to your couple life being both happier and healthier. Additionally, some couples may come for counselling to decide whether it is right for them to continue in their relationship.
I am a Relate-trained relationship counsellor. I have a private practice in Clifton, Bristol. I work exclusively with couples. Couples come for counselling for a wide variety of reasons. It can be a great opportunity to explore what is or is not happening in your relationship and to make changes that lead to your couple life being both happier and healthier. Additionally, some couples may come for counselling to decide whether it is right for them to continue in their relationship.
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Photo of Richard Lewis, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Richard Lewis
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS1
You may feel something is “off” or even unreal in the way you experience your interpersonal relationships, or in the way the world responds to you. You may be looking for relief from distressing thoughts or worries. You may be at a crossroads and unsure of your next steps. You may be looking to understand or heal from something that happened to you and the effects it had.
You may feel something is “off” or even unreal in the way you experience your interpersonal relationships, or in the way the world responds to you. You may be looking for relief from distressing thoughts or worries. You may be at a crossroads and unsure of your next steps. You may be looking to understand or heal from something that happened to you and the effects it had.
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Photo of Tanya Ratcliff Counselling, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Tanya Ratcliff Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS15
If you're considering counselling, you're probably experiencing some emotional challenges. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or your struggling with loss, relationships and uncertainty. Battling feelings of depression, worthlessness, anxiety, or stress. Maybe using now unhelpful coping strategies like food, drugs and alcohol to manage. I offer confidential private 1-1 counselling with adults of all ages (+18) on a variety of issues and have specialist knowledge and experience in both mental health and substance misuse.
If you're considering counselling, you're probably experiencing some emotional challenges. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or your struggling with loss, relationships and uncertainty. Battling feelings of depression, worthlessness, anxiety, or stress. Maybe using now unhelpful coping strategies like food, drugs and alcohol to manage. I offer confidential private 1-1 counselling with adults of all ages (+18) on a variety of issues and have specialist knowledge and experience in both mental health and substance misuse.
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Photo of Vicki Johnstone, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Vicki Johnstone
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
Bristol BS37
Waitlist for new clients
I am Vicki (she/her) a senior practitioner with 20 years of clinical experience within private, charitable, voluntary, judicial, health and social care sectors. I'm skilled at working with people throughout their lives; young adults currently make up most of my caseload, but I'm more than happy to work with people of any age. I have always been told that I am a warm, empathic, down to earth and non-judgemental person, with whom people feel at ease. I am open, honest, inclusive and respectful of diversity and able to provide evidence-based, compassionate support for a wide range of difficulties.
I am Vicki (she/her) a senior practitioner with 20 years of clinical experience within private, charitable, voluntary, judicial, health and social care sectors. I'm skilled at working with people throughout their lives; young adults currently make up most of my caseload, but I'm more than happy to work with people of any age. I have always been told that I am a warm, empathic, down to earth and non-judgemental person, with whom people feel at ease. I am open, honest, inclusive and respectful of diversity and able to provide evidence-based, compassionate support for a wide range of difficulties.
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Photo of Dr Roberta Principi, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Roberta Principi
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS1
You might seek help for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement, eating and body weight problems, relational issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life change situations (the list is not exhaustive). Sometimes it could be difficult to identify a specific reason for seeking support. It might be a struggle to find a sense of meaning or a way through emotional pain. Whatever the reason you are looking for emotional support, I can offer my skills and experience in a safe a confidential non-judgemental space where you can feel free to express your thoughts, and feelings.
You might seek help for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement, eating and body weight problems, relational issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life change situations (the list is not exhaustive). Sometimes it could be difficult to identify a specific reason for seeking support. It might be a struggle to find a sense of meaning or a way through emotional pain. Whatever the reason you are looking for emotional support, I can offer my skills and experience in a safe a confidential non-judgemental space where you can feel free to express your thoughts, and feelings.
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Photo of Alison Sharman, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Alison Sharman
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS3
To offer you the best possible support, and to focus on your individual needs, I draw from a range of counselling approaches and techniques, in an open-minded and gentle way. I offer an intuitive, nourishing and warm therapeutic relationship. My aim is to support you in finding more clarity and satisfaction in your life, and to work on obstacles and difficulties that might be preventing you from leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. You can talk at your own pace about whatever might be troubling you, any thoughts and feelings, and I will listen to you without judgement.
To offer you the best possible support, and to focus on your individual needs, I draw from a range of counselling approaches and techniques, in an open-minded and gentle way. I offer an intuitive, nourishing and warm therapeutic relationship. My aim is to support you in finding more clarity and satisfaction in your life, and to work on obstacles and difficulties that might be preventing you from leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. You can talk at your own pace about whatever might be troubling you, any thoughts and feelings, and I will listen to you without judgement.
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Photo of Chris Northey-Vyse, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Chris Northey-Vyse
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
Waitlist for new clients
Hi I'm Chris, an accredited CBT therapist and Dramatherapist. I work with children, young people and adults that are struggling with a range of mental health difficulties. I have been a therapist for over a decade and I have worked with all age ranges. My education, training and experience in multiple different settings means I am able to relate to what you might need, allowing us to create an effective treatment plan together. I have a collaborative approach as I know that you are the expert of your experiences. We work together to find the tools and techniques that will best help you.
Hi I'm Chris, an accredited CBT therapist and Dramatherapist. I work with children, young people and adults that are struggling with a range of mental health difficulties. I have been a therapist for over a decade and I have worked with all age ranges. My education, training and experience in multiple different settings means I am able to relate to what you might need, allowing us to create an effective treatment plan together. I have a collaborative approach as I know that you are the expert of your experiences. We work together to find the tools and techniques that will best help you.
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Photo of Michelle Gale, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Michelle Gale
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
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 Dr Matt Sopp, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Matt Sopp
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS7  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile and find out more about my experience as a therapist. If you, or someone you care about, are struggling and finding things overwhelming, reaching out for help is an important first step. I understand that coming to therapy can feel like a daunting experience, however, I am dedicated to creating a safe space for you to talk through your difficulties and to help you identify your goals.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile and find out more about my experience as a therapist. If you, or someone you care about, are struggling and finding things overwhelming, reaching out for help is an important first step. I understand that coming to therapy can feel like a daunting experience, however, I am dedicated to creating a safe space for you to talk through your difficulties and to help you identify your goals.
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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
61% Aviva
45% Bupa

How Counsellors in Bristol see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% 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.