Are you looking for help and someone to talk to?
Hi, my name is Jonathan, and I am an experienced counsellor and supervisor in the North and East Bristol area. I offer a relational approach to counselling where trust is the foundation of the work that I do.
It can take courage to ask for help in a time of need and although friends and family often mean well seeing a counsellor can offer a different approach where you are heard and listened to instead of being offered advice. The emphasis of counselling is creating a safe space for the client where you will be seen in a non-judgmental way building a working relationship based on empathy and trust.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions I am currently seeing clients online via video platforms such as FaceTime, Google Meet or Skype. However, once things begin to settle down, I will be offering face-to-face sessions again.
Here are some issues that I have helped clients with
I have helped adult clients work through past childhood sexual abuse by accepting that it is never the fault of the victim of sexual abuse in childhood. A serious boundary is crossed when an adult abuses their position of power and chooses to sexually abuse a child and the effects often leave the person being abused feeling overwhelmed by emotions such as shame and guilt.
Someone who is sexually abused in childhood often experience a vicious cycle where they feel low self-esteem, self-hatred, and self-loathing to the extent of self-harm and these emotions can often lead to addictions such as alcohol and/or drug abuse and dependency.
Counselling can help a person who has been through sexual abuse in childhood. Talking about your feelings and understanding that you are now and adult and can protect yourself.
I have helped people suffering with anxiety and panic attacks and explain the physical mechanics that drives the fight or flight response which causes a panic attack or to look at it another way a very efficient protection mode that will get you out of a dangerous situation such as a fire or physical threat. The fight or flight mode has been part of human behaviour since the dawn of time as it originated as a protection mode against the sudden attack from a wild animal.
Today in the modern world Humans rarely encounter wild animals but the constant stress of the fast pace of modern living can over time create the same response as in prehistoric days. The brain in effect perceives chronic and elevated stress levels as a threat and activates the fight or flight mode to protect.
Counselling can help a person to develop coping strategies to help manage anxiety levels and use techniques for dealing with panic attacks so you can feel more in control again.
I have helped adults who have gone through the painful experience of a divorce or relationship separation and as a society we rarely value how much emotional pain this can have for a person. In effect any loss of a relationship is like a bereavement and can feel as painful as someone dying.
Humans have evolved to form close and intimate bonds with each other and when those bonds are broken whether through separation or in death the body and mind goes through a grieving process. A person often experiences feelings such as sadness, anger, depression and bargaining when this happens, and the length of time varies from person to person. Counselling can help a person who has been or is going through the loss of a relationship. Talking about your feelings can be very freeing and help you to regain your sense of self and to carry on living your life without the lost person.
The duration of therapy is up to you. Therapy sessions are weekly, and some people like to have short-term therapy (6-12 weeks) whereas others prefer to have therapy over a longer duration usually up to 2-years.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics and conduct. I also, hold full professional indemnity and personal liability insurance.
Severn Talking Therapies
Dip.Sup Advanced Relational Supervision, 2020
University of the West of England
TA101 Transactional Analysis, 2016
PGDip Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling, 2016
CERT Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2014
City of Bristol College
CERT Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2013
As well as being an experienced counsellor I am also an experienced relational supervisor, and as your supervisor I will fully support your personal and professional development. I have an open and honest approach to supervision, and I will encourage you to be open in your supervision work with me. Together we will look at your therapeutic client work and your own personal growth as a counsellor.
The emphasis for relational supervision is that in order for the supervision to be effective from the supervisee's perspective then there must be a robust working relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee. To enable this, I believe that building a trusting and open working relationship is the foundation of good supervision.
I have limited spaces for supervisee’s and please feel free to call me to discuss availability and suitability.
Note: I offer concessions for trainee counsellors (see above fees). I have supervised trainee counsellors working at various counselling organisations in Bristol such as:
- Affordable Talk
- Heart to Heart
- Knowle West Health Association
- Mothers for Mothers
- Second Step
I work in a relaxed and calm space, from my home just off Badminton Road in north Bristol, BS36 with plenty of on-street parking. Access: there is one flight of stairs to the therapy room.
Confidentiality and Security:
I take confidentiality and security very serious and therefore I am a registered member of the ICO Information Commissioners Office.
Individual Counselling; face-to-face or online
£50 per session (50 minutes)
Counselling is offered on a weekly basis
Supervision; face-to-face or online
£85 per session (90 minutes)
Concessions available for trainee counsellors
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