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If you are looking for a counsellor in Bristol, welcome! My name is Nicola Bennett. My approach is person-centred and humanistic. I build warm and supportive relationships with my clients, and facilitate their processes of transformation, growth and personal/professional development. I have built up extensive experience working with a variety of clients, from teens to adults, in various settings and organisations, and presenting a wide range of issues. Thanks to my teaching background, I have a particular in-depth understanding of the education world and its pressures, as well as the issues faced by young people. Since I started training in 2004 I have been continuously deepening my skills base and my experience in counselling. I have now been fully qualified for over 8 years, and my counselling qualifications include: . Working with children and young people; . Humanistic theory; . Person-centred approaches; . Comparative theories and approaches; . Exploring the human development process; . Loss and grief; . Working with clients who’ve experienced abuse; . Drug and alcohol misuse. My placements include: . Over two years with DHI (Drugs and Housing Initiative) in Bath, counselling adults; . Over one year with Bristol Drugs Project, counselling adults; . Nearly one year with Off The Record in Bath, counselling young people aged 11 and over; . One year carrying out one-to-ones with students in secondary school. Having now worked with over a hundred clients in various organisations and settings, I have set up as an independent practitioner and am available for bookings. I am taking individual bookings for one-to-one work in the BS9 area. I am also available for work in organisations like schools, businesses, or on behalf of councils &/or charities. I look forward to hearing from you – get in touch. Please check out my email address (above) or find me on Face Book: You Matter

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What do you love most about your job?

I believe that everybody has the potential to be what they want to be; and that whatever is to be found, is to be found within ourselves. Sometimes we just need the support of another to recognise this.

Why should our clients choose you?

The key to my therapeutic counselling practice is not telling you what you need to do. I don’t give answers: what I do is provide a safe space for you to come to your own solutions. I accompany, support and ‘hold’ you through your journey to healing. My role is to be present with unconditional love and acceptance, devoid of judgement. For me this is a whole life practice, as I strive to embody these qualities in my daily life, both in and out of the therapy setting.

I build strong helping relationships, within the safety and boundaries of the counselling framework.

You might feel better after talking to me for the first time, or you might not and either reaction is okay. Some people feel a bit unsettled after their first session but this doesn’t mean it’s not for them – counselling can bring up difficult stuff, and everyone has their own reaction. It can also be because the first session contains lots of questions about what is going on and not so much counselling. It usually gets better after this! It might take a few sessions before any benefits become clear, so stick it out for a little bit.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

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