Depression Counselling in Bristol

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Noemia Ventura Purcell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
My counselling approach is collaborative, which can help individuals with a wide range of issues such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and other related conditons.
Counselling provides a confidential and safe space to talk about anything that may be worrying you. It can often help you to understand more about the difficult or troubling thoughts that can be a common experience at any time in our lives. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner-selves and their feelings in order to help them to achieve personal growth.
My counselling approach is collaborative, which can help individuals with a wide range of issues such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and other related conditons.
Counselling provides a confidential and safe space to talk about anything that may be worrying you. It can often help you to understand more about the difficult or troubling thoughts that can be a common experience at any time in our lives. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner-selves and their feelings in order to help them to achieve personal growth.
0117 456 5531 View 0117 456 5531
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Jonathan Wilkes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS1
I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. Psychosynthesis is a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches that can be tailored to you and your needs, given that you are unique! I emphasize warmth, kindness, sensitivity and empathy in my approach. I work with people who are experiencing; depression, anxiety, anger and rage, loss and grief, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, feelings of despair and childhood abuse and trauma. I work with people to achieve real, concrete, lasting change in their lives - and have received plenty of positive feedback confirming this!
I’m a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor. Psychosynthesis is a broad and inclusive system which has many different techniques and approaches that can be tailored to you and your needs, given that you are unique! I emphasize warmth, kindness, sensitivity and empathy in my approach. I work with people who are experiencing; depression, anxiety, anger and rage, loss and grief, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, feelings of despair and childhood abuse and trauma. I work with people to achieve real, concrete, lasting change in their lives - and have received plenty of positive feedback confirming this!
0117 450 2960 View 0117 450 2960
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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
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Alex Ogando | Creative Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS37
I am a creative psychotherapist who works frequently with adults, teens, and pre-teens, who feel overwhelmed by symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, and experiences of trauma; who wish to understand themselves better in order to move forwards. My specialism is offering a therapy experience which involves both conversation, and creative tools/techniques, to help people get to the heart of their issues. Have you ever felt like how you feel is beyond words? Or that you don't want to speak directly about what is troubling you? If so, rest assured that there are lots of other ways to engage in therapy, and that is my speciality.
I am a creative psychotherapist who works frequently with adults, teens, and pre-teens, who feel overwhelmed by symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, and experiences of trauma; who wish to understand themselves better in order to move forwards. My specialism is offering a therapy experience which involves both conversation, and creative tools/techniques, to help people get to the heart of their issues. Have you ever felt like how you feel is beyond words? Or that you don't want to speak directly about what is troubling you? If so, rest assured that there are lots of other ways to engage in therapy, and that is my speciality.
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Tom Abbott
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS5
My work has been with those who have experienced significant loss in their lives, as well as those with issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and problems in their relationships.
What brings you to counselling could be any number of reasons: You may have experienced the loss of a loved one; perhaps your life is in such chaos you can no longer see the forest for the trees; or, you may simply wish to look at yourself and your patterns of behaviour in a clearer light. What I offer is a space for you to come to terms with your life, free of judgement, so that you can live it to the fullest.
My work has been with those who have experienced significant loss in their lives, as well as those with issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and problems in their relationships.
What brings you to counselling could be any number of reasons: You may have experienced the loss of a loved one; perhaps your life is in such chaos you can no longer see the forest for the trees; or, you may simply wish to look at yourself and your patterns of behaviour in a clearer light. What I offer is a space for you to come to terms with your life, free of judgement, so that you can live it to the fullest.
0117 463 5738 View 0117 463 5738
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Tanya Ratcliff Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS15
UPDATE: New sessions available to start from June, please message to book in a consultation call. 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.
UPDATE: New sessions available to start from June, please message to book in a consultation call. 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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Sarah Wright
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS5
June 2024 I am now taking on new clients All of us have times in our lives when we feel the need for some extra support. Perhaps we are lacking confidence and self-esteem, going through relationship difficulties, feeling depressed, anxious, experiencing stressful life changes such as bereavement, divorce, or redundancy. Perhaps now is the right time to address long-standing issues – or maybe we find ourselves at a crossroads and feel unsure of ourselves and of which way to turn.
June 2024 I am now taking on new clients All of us have times in our lives when we feel the need for some extra support. Perhaps we are lacking confidence and self-esteem, going through relationship difficulties, feeling depressed, anxious, experiencing stressful life changes such as bereavement, divorce, or redundancy. Perhaps now is the right time to address long-standing issues – or maybe we find ourselves at a crossroads and feel unsure of ourselves and of which way to turn.
0117 456 2205 View 0117 456 2205
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Inner World Therapies
Counsellor, PsychD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, ptsd, and relationship issues.
I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, ptsd, and relationship issues.
0117 456 2072 View 0117 456 2072
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Emily Mew
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Are you looking for an experienced counsellor who will meet you with warmth and acceptance and who will help you to find your own path forwards? I work with a wide range of clients experiencing all sorts of challenges including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss, relationship difficulties and low self-esteem. Whatever you bring to counselling, I will see you as a human rather than a list of problems to be solved. I am engaged and caring and will help you to develop a fuller and deeper understanding of yourself and find your way through life's challenges.
Are you looking for an experienced counsellor who will meet you with warmth and acceptance and who will help you to find your own path forwards? I work with a wide range of clients experiencing all sorts of challenges including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss, relationship difficulties and low self-esteem. Whatever you bring to counselling, I will see you as a human rather than a list of problems to be solved. I am engaged and caring and will help you to develop a fuller and deeper understanding of yourself and find your way through life's challenges.
0117 456 5169 View 0117 456 5169
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Leanne Thomas
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
If you or your child are struggling to function because of anxiety or depression I am also trained in CBT.
We all have times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed. This can impact on our relationships and other areas of our lives. These feelings may make it difficult to reach our potential or know how to progress. Counselling offers a reflective space which is helpful for building self-awareness in order to work through past or present life challenges. I employ a flexible approach which is informed by your needs. I draw on different theories to create a style of therapy which is individually tailored to you, and your aims. I hope to provide an open and accepting, and genuinely safe and non-judgemental space to reflect without fear.
If you or your child are struggling to function because of anxiety or depression I am also trained in CBT.
We all have times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed. This can impact on our relationships and other areas of our lives. These feelings may make it difficult to reach our potential or know how to progress. Counselling offers a reflective space which is helpful for building self-awareness in order to work through past or present life challenges. I employ a flexible approach which is informed by your needs. I draw on different theories to create a style of therapy which is individually tailored to you, and your aims. I hope to provide an open and accepting, and genuinely safe and non-judgemental space to reflect without fear.
0117 456 2204 View 0117 456 2204
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Stafford Wilson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in addiction, chronic shame and depression.
Counselling is a safe space where you can talk about problems and process difficult emotions without shame or judgement. We often feel that we should be able to deal with our problems without others help. But it is often through sharing and opening up to others, that we can find the way to heal ourselves. Trauma, mental or emotional problems, disconnect us from ourselves and others. Sharing our pain and our story (in a relationship where it is held safely) can allow us to value, respect and have compassion for all parts of ourselves. This re-integration unblocks our creative/healing potential and our sense of purpose and meaning.
I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in addiction, chronic shame and depression.
Counselling is a safe space where you can talk about problems and process difficult emotions without shame or judgement. We often feel that we should be able to deal with our problems without others help. But it is often through sharing and opening up to others, that we can find the way to heal ourselves. Trauma, mental or emotional problems, disconnect us from ourselves and others. Sharing our pain and our story (in a relationship where it is held safely) can allow us to value, respect and have compassion for all parts of ourselves. This re-integration unblocks our creative/healing potential and our sense of purpose and meaning.
01275 402712 View 01275 402712
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Martin Conway Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I work with a range of issues but have specialised in addiction, anxiety, depression and working with long-term illnesses.
I offer counselling in Bristol and online for individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues. I completed my Level 6 Diploma with merit and MSc in Psychology with commendation. I have worked in placements at an addiction clinic and the Wellbeing Service at the University of West of England and I have 1500+ hours of therapy experience. My experience includes (but is not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, long-term illness and self-esteem.
I work with a range of issues but have specialised in addiction, anxiety, depression and working with long-term illnesses.
I offer counselling in Bristol and online for individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues. I completed my Level 6 Diploma with merit and MSc in Psychology with commendation. I have worked in placements at an addiction clinic and the Wellbeing Service at the University of West of England and I have 1500+ hours of therapy experience. My experience includes (but is not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, long-term illness and self-esteem.
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Hannah Lehrain
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified 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.
0117 456 2877 View 0117 456 2877
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Indigo Moon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS30  (Online Only)
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, narcissistic abuse anxiety and depression and peri and postnatal illness. I am working through video calling for all clients now as this allows me more flexibility to meet my clients needs. 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, narcissistic abuse anxiety and depression and peri and postnatal illness. I am working through video calling for all clients now as this allows me more flexibility to meet my clients needs. 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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Dr Michelle Griffiths
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS9
I am a fully registered and insured Practitioner Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist, specialising in a variety of biological, psychological and social difficulties. I have over 15 years’ experience of supporting people to develop strategies to live with mental health issues (anxiety and depression, stress, worry or panic, health-related anxiety and depression), long-term conditions (e.g. thyroid disorders, pain, fatigue, COPD, PMDD, cancer and Long Covid) and challenging life circumstances.
I am a fully registered and insured Practitioner Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist, specialising in a variety of biological, psychological and social difficulties. I have over 15 years’ experience of supporting people to develop strategies to live with mental health issues (anxiety and depression, stress, worry or panic, health-related anxiety and depression), long-term conditions (e.g. thyroid disorders, pain, fatigue, COPD, PMDD, cancer and Long Covid) and challenging life circumstances.
0117 463 0225 View 0117 463 0225
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Jamie Smithson
Counsellor, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS15
There are many reasons we seek counselling throughout life. Perhaps you’re feeling sad, depressed, or anxious. Maybe you're going through loss or bereavement, struggling with anger or battling addictions. Or maybe you just don't feel yourself! Whatever it is you bring to counselling, I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and compassionate space to explore, unpack and work through the challenges you are facing.
There are many reasons we seek counselling throughout life. Perhaps you’re feeling sad, depressed, or anxious. Maybe you're going through loss or bereavement, struggling with anger or battling addictions. Or maybe you just don't feel yourself! Whatever it is you bring to counselling, I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and compassionate space to explore, unpack and work through the challenges you are facing.
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Hannah Stewart
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I am particularly interested in anger, rage, anxiety and depression.
Psychotherapy deals with current problems. You may come because of a particular relationship issue or you may not be sure exactly what the problem is but find yourself repeating painful or limiting patterns in life. It may only be through talking to someone that you gain an understanding of what you want to work on. Therapy can be a gradual unfolding process where you have the opportunity to understand how you have become the person you are. This may include talking about how the past has influenced you, exploring your relationships then and now and the way you respond to your life as it is.
I am particularly interested in anger, rage, anxiety and depression.
Psychotherapy deals with current problems. You may come because of a particular relationship issue or you may not be sure exactly what the problem is but find yourself repeating painful or limiting patterns in life. It may only be through talking to someone that you gain an understanding of what you want to work on. Therapy can be a gradual unfolding process where you have the opportunity to understand how you have become the person you are. This may include talking about how the past has influenced you, exploring your relationships then and now and the way you respond to your life as it is.
01275 402869 View 01275 402869
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Heather Ashford
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
You deserve to be heard. I offer a calming, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. Through empathising and hearing your experiences with curiosity and compassion, I aim to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself allowing you to make positive changes and move forwards. I work at developing a safe, trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship with all my clients. I work with people on a range of issues, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and past abuse.
You deserve to be heard. I offer a calming, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. Through empathising and hearing your experiences with curiosity and compassion, I aim to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself allowing you to make positive changes and move forwards. I work at developing a safe, trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship with all my clients. I work with people on a range of issues, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and past abuse.
0117 463 4621 View 0117 463 4621
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Catherine Lawrence
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS5
I’m accepting new clients. Do you need someone to talk to? You’re welcome here. Feeling stuck in life, ruminating, or reliving difficult moments? I know how painful it can be. Together we can create a relationship where you feel seen and learn to be more in touch with yourself and others. Whether it’s your mental health, relationships, or life changes that you need help with, I believe that somewhere inside, you know best how to right yourself. I work with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, identity, family issues, singleness, stress, work-related issues and more
I’m accepting new clients. Do you need someone to talk to? You’re welcome here. Feeling stuck in life, ruminating, or reliving difficult moments? I know how painful it can be. Together we can create a relationship where you feel seen and learn to be more in touch with yourself and others. Whether it’s your mental health, relationships, or life changes that you need help with, I believe that somewhere inside, you know best how to right yourself. I work with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, identity, family issues, singleness, stress, work-related issues and more
0117 463 3450 View 0117 463 3450
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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

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Depression Counsellors

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognise and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioural activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.