Female Counselling in Bristol, ENG

Photo of Victoria Balfour, UKCP Trainee, Psychotherapist
Victoria Balfour
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
As a fifth year trainee I offer affordable therapy in Bristol. Whether you have experienced trauma in your life, lost a loved one, are struggling with a close relationship or just don’t feel right, psychotherapy can help to find a way forward. ​My aim is to offer a safe, confidential and empathic space where we can explore difficult thoughts and feelings together, and where you can feel understood and accepted.
As a fifth year trainee I offer affordable therapy in Bristol. Whether you have experienced trauma in your life, lost a loved one, are struggling with a close relationship or just don’t feel right, psychotherapy can help to find a way forward. ​My aim is to offer a safe, confidential and empathic space where we can explore difficult thoughts and feelings together, and where you can feel understood and accepted.
0117 463 3997 View 0117 463 3997
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Susan Mary Malone-Hoyle
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS11  (Online Only)
I have worked as a counsellor for many years and am both passionate and motivated as I was in the beginning. I am particularly passionate about working people who have low self-esteem as I believe this covers so many areas/issues in life. As a woman in my 50’s with various life experience this allows me to empathise and have compasion for others. Having come from a multi-cultural family with Irish roots this gives me a greater understanding of cultural diversity and a sense of belonging. I am a spiritual person who has an interest in mindfulness and Yoga.
I have worked as a counsellor for many years and am both passionate and motivated as I was in the beginning. I am particularly passionate about working people who have low self-esteem as I believe this covers so many areas/issues in life. As a woman in my 50’s with various life experience this allows me to empathise and have compasion for others. Having come from a multi-cultural family with Irish roots this gives me a greater understanding of cultural diversity and a sense of belonging. I am a spiritual person who has an interest in mindfulness and Yoga.
01275 402939 View 01275 402939
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Anna Bulgakova
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Are you looking for change? Do you want to move beyond the pain of your current situation or past traumas? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties and don't know how to go beyond the current situation? Whatever the issues you are facing, I will work with you to help you move towards the place you (both) want to be. I have extensive knowledge of working with clients with a range of mental health difficulties, including people in emotional crisis. I believe that every person has the potential for recovery and growth, with as an individual or within relationship with another person. Transformation is always possible.
Are you looking for change? Do you want to move beyond the pain of your current situation or past traumas? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties and don't know how to go beyond the current situation? Whatever the issues you are facing, I will work with you to help you move towards the place you (both) want to be. I have extensive knowledge of working with clients with a range of mental health difficulties, including people in emotional crisis. I believe that every person has the potential for recovery and growth, with as an individual or within relationship with another person. Transformation is always possible.
0117 325 2694 View 0117 325 2694
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Katrina Young
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS34
Hello and welcome. I have particular experience in helping clients who are struggling with a sense of what I call ‘stuckness’, in their life. Are you feeling trapped in a job that doesn’t inspire you to get up every morning? Are you feeling imprisoned in life’s routine and experiencing a sense of emptiness, but are unsure of how to fill that void? Are you quietly asking yourself ‘Who am I?’ You are not alone. I have worked with many individuals with troubles such as these. In a world that seems to be telling us how to look, how to act and even how to feel, it’s no wonder we can find ourselves feeling lost and confused. I can help.
Hello and welcome. I have particular experience in helping clients who are struggling with a sense of what I call ‘stuckness’, in their life. Are you feeling trapped in a job that doesn’t inspire you to get up every morning? Are you feeling imprisoned in life’s routine and experiencing a sense of emptiness, but are unsure of how to fill that void? Are you quietly asking yourself ‘Who am I?’ You are not alone. I have worked with many individuals with troubles such as these. In a world that seems to be telling us how to look, how to act and even how to feel, it’s no wonder we can find ourselves feeling lost and confused. I can help.
0117 463 0633 View 0117 463 0633
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Marie-Claire Fitzpatrick
Psychologist, DCounsPsych
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
Coming to therapy can feel like a big decision and finding the right therapist for you can sometimes feel like a daunting task. I believe that the therapy relationship is key to personal growth, feeling understood, supported and helped through challenging and distressing life experiences. I offer a safe and confidential space for people who are seeking support with the experiences of emotional distress and challenges that most of us face at various junctures in life. I am a compassionate, warm and approachable therapist and we will work together in a collaborative way to find what works best for you
Coming to therapy can feel like a big decision and finding the right therapist for you can sometimes feel like a daunting task. I believe that the therapy relationship is key to personal growth, feeling understood, supported and helped through challenging and distressing life experiences. I offer a safe and confidential space for people who are seeking support with the experiences of emotional distress and challenges that most of us face at various junctures in life. I am a compassionate, warm and approachable therapist and we will work together in a collaborative way to find what works best for you
0117 325 4350 View 0117 325 4350
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Kerstin Pullin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS7
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
0117 456 5302 View 0117 456 5302
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Karin Hogan
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
Hello - if you are struggling with low mood, anxiety or overwhelm I offer empathetic, friendly and professional support. Working together I can help you to develop the attitudes and skills to better manage emotional and life issues. Client quotes: 'My experience of therapy with Karin was positive and enlightening... the strategies and techniques we discussed are still proving invaluable long after my sessions.' ‘The biggest thing I learned is to allow myself to say no to taking on additional commitments without feeling guilty.
Hello - if you are struggling with low mood, anxiety or overwhelm I offer empathetic, friendly and professional support. Working together I can help you to develop the attitudes and skills to better manage emotional and life issues. Client quotes: 'My experience of therapy with Karin was positive and enlightening... the strategies and techniques we discussed are still proving invaluable long after my sessions.' ‘The biggest thing I learned is to allow myself to say no to taking on additional commitments without feeling guilty.
0117 463 4176 View 0117 463 4176
Photo of Sin Yin Janet Yick, MBACP, Psychotherapist
Sin Yin Janet Yick
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS2
Waitlist for new clients
Experiencing difficult emotions in face of life challenges or crisis are often considered as “problems” that make us feel vulnerable, powerless or shameful. Although these "problems" are often natural human experiences, we sometimes struggle with the critical inner voice and have little compassion towards self. Psychotherapy is neither a quick fix of your psychological wounds nor a direct path to happiness. It's a process where you can start connecting with yourself and make sense of your own narrative in a safe and respectful space. The process of relating to a genuine human being itself could be the start of your healing journey.
Experiencing difficult emotions in face of life challenges or crisis are often considered as “problems” that make us feel vulnerable, powerless or shameful. Although these "problems" are often natural human experiences, we sometimes struggle with the critical inner voice and have little compassion towards self. Psychotherapy is neither a quick fix of your psychological wounds nor a direct path to happiness. It's a process where you can start connecting with yourself and make sense of your own narrative in a safe and respectful space. The process of relating to a genuine human being itself could be the start of your healing journey.
0117 463 3572 View 0117 463 3572
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The Bristol Counsellor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and Internal Family Systems therapist. I've had experience in working with a range of issues including anxiety, grief, stress, OCD and low self esteem. Counselling can support you through difficult periods in your life and help in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. Do you feel stuck? Together, we can work towards your goals. I primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy which you might recognise as parts work, does a part of you feel a certain way but another part feel something else entirely? Do you want to discover a new way of relating to yourself? IFS may be for you.
I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and Internal Family Systems therapist. I've had experience in working with a range of issues including anxiety, grief, stress, OCD and low self esteem. Counselling can support you through difficult periods in your life and help in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. Do you feel stuck? Together, we can work towards your goals. I primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy which you might recognise as parts work, does a part of you feel a certain way but another part feel something else entirely? Do you want to discover a new way of relating to yourself? IFS may be for you.
0117 463 6958 View 0117 463 6958
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Fayola Edmunds
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7  (Online Only)
You have been courageous taking your first step, as starting therapy can be daunting and anxiety provoking, if you are feeling this way, its completely understandable. I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor that works online, in a collaborative way, we will create a bespoke plan for you as we are unique individuals with our own needs. We can feel overwhelmed, stuck, anxious, stressed or depressed in life for many different reasons, building a relationship with a counsellor gives you the opportunity to express yourself, tell your story, be HEARD, feel SAFE, empowered and free to make your own decisions and become your authentic self.
You have been courageous taking your first step, as starting therapy can be daunting and anxiety provoking, if you are feeling this way, its completely understandable. I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor that works online, in a collaborative way, we will create a bespoke plan for you as we are unique individuals with our own needs. We can feel overwhelmed, stuck, anxious, stressed or depressed in life for many different reasons, building a relationship with a counsellor gives you the opportunity to express yourself, tell your story, be HEARD, feel SAFE, empowered and free to make your own decisions and become your authentic self.
0117 463 2392 View 0117 463 2392
Photo of Joanna Bazalgette, MBACP, Counsellor
Joanna Bazalgette
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS48
There can come a time in anybody’s life when they feel that some support is required. Sometimes it feels difficult to know who to turn to. Do you feel challenged by life? Are you feeling bewildered about where your current path is taking you? Are you suffering following the loss of a relationship, be it through bereavement or relationship breakdown. Maybe you are struggling at work, home or university? Is life too confusing? Do you want to realise the power of your potential? I am here to offer support while you are working through life’s challenges - support which is confidential, open-minded, non-judgemental and consistent.
There can come a time in anybody’s life when they feel that some support is required. Sometimes it feels difficult to know who to turn to. Do you feel challenged by life? Are you feeling bewildered about where your current path is taking you? Are you suffering following the loss of a relationship, be it through bereavement or relationship breakdown. Maybe you are struggling at work, home or university? Is life too confusing? Do you want to realise the power of your potential? I am here to offer support while you are working through life’s challenges - support which is confidential, open-minded, non-judgemental and consistent.
07245 271736 View 07245 271736
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Ashlyn Firkins
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with almost a decade of experience as an NHS Psychologist. I have a strong belief that people are intrinsically resilient, resourceful & that under the right therapeutic conditions, emotional suffering can be reduced & fulfilling lives, lived out. My intention is to provide a safe, hopeful space for people to explore how they would like to be in the wider world & practical ways to achieve this. I work with a broad range of difficulties, which include anxiety, low mood, trauma, chronic-illnesses, relationship and employment issues.
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with almost a decade of experience as an NHS Psychologist. I have a strong belief that people are intrinsically resilient, resourceful & that under the right therapeutic conditions, emotional suffering can be reduced & fulfilling lives, lived out. My intention is to provide a safe, hopeful space for people to explore how they would like to be in the wider world & practical ways to achieve this. I work with a broad range of difficulties, which include anxiety, low mood, trauma, chronic-illnesses, relationship and employment issues.
0117 463 7124 View 0117 463 7124
Photo of Sophie Rhys-Williams, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Sophie Rhys-Williams
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS5
Hello! My name is Sophie and I specialise in counselling adolescents and young people (ages 13-30). I believe in, and practice from, a holistic, humanistic approach. Your experience is unique and valid, and there is no one-size-fits-all definition of what is "normal" when it comes to mental health. As we are all unique people, therapy is also not a one-size-fits-all relationship. I will work in a way specifically tailored to you.
Hello! My name is Sophie and I specialise in counselling adolescents and young people (ages 13-30). I believe in, and practice from, a holistic, humanistic approach. Your experience is unique and valid, and there is no one-size-fits-all definition of what is "normal" when it comes to mental health. As we are all unique people, therapy is also not a one-size-fits-all relationship. I will work in a way specifically tailored to you.
01454 802739 View 01454 802739
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Lottie Storey
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS4
People are drawn to counselling/psychotherapy for various reasons. Perhaps you are facing difficulties in your relationships or grappling with intense emotions. It could be that you're finding it hard to cope with a recent event in your life, or you're feeling distressed without a clear understanding of why. Therapy can help you to make sense of these experiences, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and finding effective ways to tackle the challenges you encounter. Working alongside a skilled therapist can support you to find a way forward.
People are drawn to counselling/psychotherapy for various reasons. Perhaps you are facing difficulties in your relationships or grappling with intense emotions. It could be that you're finding it hard to cope with a recent event in your life, or you're feeling distressed without a clear understanding of why. Therapy can help you to make sense of these experiences, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and finding effective ways to tackle the challenges you encounter. Working alongside a skilled therapist can support you to find a way forward.
0117 463 2638 View 0117 463 2638
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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
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Natasha Vdovkina
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified 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
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Soul Connection Counselling
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS34
Hello and welcome, I'm Remona. It can be really hard choosing a Therapist when life feels so very difficult already, hopefully I can help you make up your mind. Are you feeling helpless, hopeless and disconnected from life?  Lonely, depressed or struggling with your relationships? Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, stress or PTSD symptoms that impact you on a daily basis. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck in a rut and not sure where to go. Life can often feel messy, but no matter how big or how small your problem feels, we can work together to help you reach a more stable place.
Hello and welcome, I'm Remona. It can be really hard choosing a Therapist when life feels so very difficult already, hopefully I can help you make up your mind. Are you feeling helpless, hopeless and disconnected from life?  Lonely, depressed or struggling with your relationships? Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, stress or PTSD symptoms that impact you on a daily basis. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck in a rut and not sure where to go. Life can often feel messy, but no matter how big or how small your problem feels, we can work together to help you reach a more stable place.
0117 325 2866 View 0117 325 2866
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Kayla Dunkley
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Hello, my name is Kayla! I offer in person and online therapy. We can easily fall into feelings of despair, anxiety and self sabotage when met with life difficulties on top of unresolved emotions or trauma. This can be overwhelming, but with the right tools and a safe place to process; patterns can be identified, repeating cycles can be intercepted and changed, improving your emotional wellbeing, relationships and quality of life for the better. If you are fed up, tired of being in a slump or just want to understand yourself better and see change, perhaps now is the time to start your therapeutic journey.
Hello, my name is Kayla! I offer in person and online therapy. We can easily fall into feelings of despair, anxiety and self sabotage when met with life difficulties on top of unresolved emotions or trauma. This can be overwhelming, but with the right tools and a safe place to process; patterns can be identified, repeating cycles can be intercepted and changed, improving your emotional wellbeing, relationships and quality of life for the better. If you are fed up, tired of being in a slump or just want to understand yourself better and see change, perhaps now is the time to start your therapeutic journey.
01275 409703 View 01275 409703
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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
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Maria Bellis
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS14
You may have tried to find ways of coping with difficult feelings and events but still have not found the satisfaction you seek. If you have an issue that needs resolving, it may help having someone outside the situation. I work with people who want to explore further any sense of feeling stuck, dissatisfied, unhappy or being in repeated patterns. Together we work out what helps or does not so that you can support yourself to feel better and move on. I understand you want to choose the best person for you and I welcome enquiries. I work in Whitchurch, South Bristol, and currently work On-Line or by telephone in the UK.
You may have tried to find ways of coping with difficult feelings and events but still have not found the satisfaction you seek. If you have an issue that needs resolving, it may help having someone outside the situation. I work with people who want to explore further any sense of feeling stuck, dissatisfied, unhappy or being in repeated patterns. Together we work out what helps or does not so that you can support yourself to feel better and move on. I understand you want to choose the best person for you and I welcome enquiries. I work in Whitchurch, South Bristol, and currently work On-Line or by telephone in the UK.
0117 200 1164 View 0117 200 1164

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Female Counsellors

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.