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Ingrid Murphy Counselling

North Somerset

Hello and welcome. I’m Ingrid. I am an experienced practitioner working in Portishead and central Bristol. I hold a Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling and a postgraduate certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Please see my website https://ingridmurphycounselling.co.uk or below for more information about my approach. Don't hesitate to get in touch for an initial reduced cost session to find out whether you’d like to work with me. If it turns out I am not the right person for you it may still be a good opportunity to explore what type of help would best meet your needs. Deciding to come to counselling takes courage. The process of counselling can help hidden parts of you to find a voice, a voice that may have been lost long ago to bravery and silence through shame, guilt and fear. Just turning up may be a big step. Sometimes we do not understand why we are feeling rageful, fearful, low, lost, or lacking in meaning. We may feel very unsure. Sometimes we know there are things in the recent or more distant past that we need to acknowledge and come to terms with in order to move forward in life. Difficult times, especially in early life, can leave us with communication problems, depression, anger outbursts or panic attacks, self harm, addiction, eating disorders and more. Times of crisis and uncertainty can be a turning point but some things must fall away to give space for new growth. What does this mean for you I wonder? What is your soul calling for? Psychotherapy in its original Greek means ‘care of the soul’. ‘What is soul?’ you may ask. Some say soul has to do with the way we make sense of life, the process of meaning-making, of sifting through what matters in our life. We often feel ashamed of the symptoms of psychological distress. We call them pathological. What if we thought of our ‘psychopathology’ as our soul’s suffering (psyche’s pathos) trying to find meaningful expression (logos)? Perhaps it would be a kinder way of thinking about ourselves, and a more fruitful one. My approach My aim is for us both to develop a compassionate understanding of your needs and difficulties and to find the way through together. Words alone cannot always convey the truth of your experience. I work with imagery and pay attention to how emotions may be held in the body. Integrative: My training and my approach is ‘integrative’ in that I draw on a range of therapeutic traditions and models rather than just one, as different perspectives can be helpful at different times for different people. The word ‘integrative’ also speaks of the process of counselling. There is always a repression of some parts of ourselves. Much of the time that may not be an issue, but when we are in emotional difficulty it is often these parts of the self that need to be given attention. We will seek to locate the silenced parts within and to given them a voice. Embodied: Where we have experienced trauma, this tends to be held in the body. We will therefore be working to integrate what is held in the body as well as the mind. Transpersonal: My approach is also ‘transpersonal’. This recognises that our psyche is moulded not only by our childhood but by a stream of influences: ancestral, social, cultural and environmental. It recognises that we are all part of a larger whole and so allows for the importance of nature, spirituality, and the urges of our soul. Dreams & imagery: There are many doorways into the psyche. The trick is to find the paths that work for you. Our split-off unconscious parts often speak through imagery, metaphors, or bodily sensations. We will work with what arises for you through images and dreams as well as words. Relational: We may pay attention to what arises between us relationally as this can offer a window onto significant relationships in the world. Most importantly we will work to establish a space which is safe and supportive enough for this journey of exploration. I hope to have the privilege of accompanying you on your journey.

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Psychotherapy in its original Greek means ‘care of the soul’. ‘What is soul?’ you may ask. Some say soul has to do with the way we make sense of life, the process of meaning-making, of sifting through what matters in our life. We often feel ashamed of the symptoms of psychological distress. We call them pathological. What if we thought of our ‘psychopathology’ as our soul’s suffering (psyche’s pathos) trying to find meaningful expression (logos)? Perhaps it would be a kinder way of thinking about ourselves, and a more fruitful one. What I love most about my work is the connection with soul and the search for meaning. When I am engaged with another at this level I feel most alive, engaged with and moved by the world. This is such a gift.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was raised in Norway and England and grew up speaking both languages. This led to a curiosity about questions of language, reality, identity and belonging and I went on to study philosophy and psychology which continues to be my lifelong interest. I know from personal experience – both as a client and as a therapist – that talking therapy helps very many of us to feel more connected, more alive, more at one with ourselves, and more able to make choices that take us in the direction we want to be going. Having worked in the NHS for 7 years and in a homeless hostel for 3 years, I started my own counselling service in order to be able to bring what I love to the world at large.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am an experienced practitioner having trained and worked both as a CBT therapist and counsellor. Over the years I have seen several hundred clients struggling with every life difficulty. I worked for seven years in the NHS as a counsellor and CBT therapist, seeing individuals and groups for help with anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, physical and mental disability, issues with communication, self esteem and managing emotions. For three years I worked as Reflective Practice Manager supporting staff and residents in a hostel for homeless men with complex needs including addiction and emotional problems resulting from physical abuse, sexual violence and warfare.


Integrative Transpersonal Counselling – Diploma from Re-Vision in London 2017
Evidence-based Psychological Practice – Postgraduate Certificate from Exeter University 2014
Counselling skills – Postgraduate Certificate from University of Wales Newport 2011
Occupational Psychology – MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London 2004
Psychology & Philosophy – BA(Hons) from Oxford University 1986

I am a member of and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.

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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.

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  • 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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