"we believe that given the right conditions everyone has the potential to grow"
Here at Heart to Heart we pride ourselves in having a diverse team of counsellors who are passionate about providing effective and quality counselling. We would like to tell you about our counsellors and the diverse range of experience across the team.All our counsellors are members of the BACP or are Registered and work within the ethical frame work.
Rue - Qualified integrative counsellor
I am a co founder of Heart to Heart Bristol. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and adhere to the BACP ethical framework, I work primarily with a person-centred approach to counselling whilst drawing from other theories and approaches such as Transactional analysis (TA) & cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) I also have experience in play therapy where I have gained training from previous organisations such as Place2be.
I have experience working with, Adults, relationships, young people and children. Areas of counselling I have worked with are PTSD, anxiety, depression, trauma, Abuse, sexual abuse, bereavement, Loss, Addiction, health, Relationships, Anger management and many more. I believe that the client know themselves best.
As your counsellor I am here to see your struggles from your point of view and provide a safe, non-judgmental space which will enable you to feel at ease and accepted. This will allow you to explore and utilize your own strengths and personal identity.
Kerry- Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a co founder of Heart to Heart Bristol, I am a qualified counsellor and a registered MBACP. I have experience working with children and young people as well as Adults and relationship counselling. I use a person centred approach at the core my work and corporate different theories and approaches to meet each individuals needs.I have previously worked in a secondary school working with children and young people with issues such as, self esteem, self harm, bereavement, abuse, bullying, trauma and many more.
I have worked with Adults who have experienced issues (including the above) such as relationship breakdown, loss and bereavement, addiction, mental health issues,depression,suicidal thoughts, family dynamics, sexuality,PTSD, anger. I have a back ground working with children as well as working with adults within the metal health services.
I believe that given the right conditions everyone has the ability to self heal, each person has the potential to explore and understand their own feelings/thoughts of the issues that they may struggle with. Within my therapeutic relationship with you, i hope to provide a deeper understanding of them allowing you to become more self aware and helping you gain a sense of control, within a safe and confidential environment.
Steph-Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am an integrative counsellor, I work mainly using person-centred principles but I also have skills in solution focused methods. My counselling and therapy approach is effective with children and young people as well as adults facing challenges including anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, difficulties regulating emotions, bereavement and relationship problems. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling as well as a degree in Psychology and Criminology.
I have a special interest in working with families affected by disability and have worked extensively with young carers and siblings of children with disabilities. I also work with adults and young people who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Alongside my counselling practice I also work with families who have children with complex disabilities offering support and respite. In my earlier career I have worked for schools, health services and local authorities to increase access to services and opportunities for all.
Steve-Qualified Integrative counsellor
I specialise in person-centred counselling, weaving in aspects of other modalities. This means regarding you, the client as the expert on yourself and allowing you to set the pace and direction of the work.
Among the issues I have experience of working with are depression and mental health; alcoholism and other addictions; suicidal thoughts; childhood issues; historical and present-day abuse; adoption; bereavement and loss; relationships; sexuality and sexual diversity; anger issues; domestic violence; self-confidence; self-esteem and motivation.
My practise is non-judgemental. I view whichever issues you may wish to bring to me from your own viewpoint and value you as a unique individual, offering you sensitivity and respect.
Cory-Qualified Integrative counsellor I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, having completed a Counselling Diploma, BSC in Psychology and professional certificate in Counselling Skills. I work from a Person-Centred base, which means that I offer an empathetic, honest and accepting relationship. I also draw from other therapeutic approaches, depending on your needs.I have Experience working across a wide age range including Adolescence.
I have experience of working with the following concerns:
Relationships, Self-esteem, Anxiety, Identity, Sexuality, Depression, Masculinity & Confidence I believe that you have the capacity to reach your full potential,even if it often doesn't feel that way. My role is to build with you a safe and warm environment where we can explore your feelings without fear of judgement.
Yvonne-Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a qualified humanistic counsellor and I work predominantly person centred, drawing on the aspects of other approaches including Transactional analysis and CBT to help you gain insight and understanding of their situation. I have completed a certificate in Somatic trauma therapy. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space which allows you to explore any issues at your own pace. I believe that every client is different with their own unique way of overcoming their problems. I have experience of working with anxiety and depression, domestic abuse, Trauma and self-esteem. I am a member of the BACP. Cath – Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a Registered Member of the BACP I offer one to one counselling for adults, providing a caring and non-judgmental safe space for you to explore and resolve the issues you are struggling with.My counselling approach is primarily person-centred, meaning that your sessions will progress in the direction you choose, and at a pace you are comfortable with. I integrate elements of other counselling approaches as appropriate to best reflect your own needs and preferences.
I have experience of working with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, bullying, emotional abuse, low self-esteem, addiction, social anxiety, separation and divorce, adult carers, work-related stress, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and childhood issues. In addition to my counselling qualification I have completed further training in Bereavement Support and with the Foundation for Infant Loss.I regularly attend counselling workshops and training courses to continue my learning.
Hannah- Integrative counsellor
I am nearing the end of my training to become a fully qualified Integrative counsellor and a member of the BACP, Alongside this i work within the Mental Health and Brain Injury Rehabilitation for a number of years.My approach is mainly Person centred, however I also employ techniques from Gestalt, CBT, Mindfulness, Compassion and Solution Focussed Therapies meaning i am able to work with a wide range of issues in a client led way. I have worked with adults who are suffering from Mental Health Crisis, as well as Adolescents with issues such as Depression, Anxiety and Low Self Esteem. I have experience with both adults and adolescents with Special Educational Needs.Alongside my main study, I also undertake numerous CPD courses, with a particular emphasis on PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.
Jo - Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a fully qualified integrative person-centred counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I have a level 5 diploma in Counselling and over 200 hours of counselling experience.My belief is that counselling can offer you a uniqueness of relationship and space within which you can explore whatever troubles you. You might choose to bring issues which you’ve previously felt unable to explore.
By taking the first step to find a counsellor you are offering yourself valuable self care in what is an increasingly busy and sometimes stressful world.I offer person-centred counselling which values the unique design of each individual. Building a solid counselling relationship enables my clients to start exploring whatever needs attention.
I offer a safe, empathic, respectful, non judgemental and confidential space where all emotions are welcome and believe this is an essential element which aids client growth.My person-centred work is also informed by other counselling theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis and creative techniques.
I have experience in working with clients who have experienced anxiety and depression, bereavement, who have issues around anger, loss of many kinds, low self esteem, relationship issues, traumatic life events, social anxiety, regulation of emotions and attachment issues.I hope that as my clients explore their struggles and challenges within our therapeutic relationship they will become more self aware and able to understand themselves more deeply, gain confidence and move towards their full potential.
Jon-Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am a warm and respectful counsellor offering a safe and confidential space for you to talk freely without being judged or criticised.
I specialise in anger management, by trying to help you to understand what triggers anger and how anger can be a healthy emotion that serves to protect us. However, if used inappropriately, then anger can become toxic within our relationships and have a negative effect on how we interact with others. This can lead to feeling isolated and alone and in the long term this can cause anxiety and depression.
I feel that it is important to create a safe working space with boundaries and mutual respect. I believe that empathy, trust and respect are key to creating a safe working space for you.I have had a rich life experience, which helps me to have a deeper understanding of some of the many issues that can affect people's lives.
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to their ethical framework and I attend regular supervision to ensure that I am working ethically and to the highest standards. I also attend regular, continuing professional development training and seminars to keep up to date with the latest research and development in counselling and psychotherapy.
Halgan-Qualified Integrative counsellor
I am a fully qualified integrative Counsellor using person centred approach and draw form other theories and approaches to meet each individual client needs. I am a registered Member of the BACP and attended regularly training and workshops to further develop my learning as counsellor. I have experience working with children and young people with in a school setting ,working with a wide range of issues as well as working with adults.
I work with a diverse range of presenting and developing issues including depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, sexual identity, bullying, addiction, social anxiety, separation and divorce, work-related stress, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and also grief and loss.
I believe that person centered therapy can help to decrease or, hopefully, eliminate feelings of distress. Its non-judgmental and non-directive stance allows me to provide unconditional positive regard to the people that i work with. I hope that the work that takes place within the therapeutic relationship can become a useful and positive method of self care. I provide empathy and understanding from a non judgmental perspective, allowing the relationship between myself and the person i am working with to become one that is beneficial and supportive.
Fran – Qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
I am an experienced Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, awarded my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2010. I previously worked for ten years as an NHS Psychiatric Nurse and I have also worked for Bristol MIND. I am currently studying for an MA in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy and am a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training.
I draw on a number of different theories such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt and in order to help me be as attuned to you as possible I use a Psychodynamic approach which can help to change problematic behaviors, feelings and thoughts gradually over time, by discovering their unconscious meanings and historical motivations.
I work 1:1 with adults, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where even very difficult emotions are welcome. The pace and content of our sessions will be led by what you need. I am fascinated by all aspects of how different people can be affected by mental ill health and my true passion lies in understanding the uniqueness of individuals, helping them to become a more accurate representation of their true self. It can feel overwhelming at first to be so actively listened to and understood, but over time you may also experience deep, lasting changes and feel more confident about making different choices, for yourself.
Freud observed, “if someone speaks, it gets lighter”…and the evidence over the years is clear, that talking to a counsellor can help to ease unbearable emotions, lessen anxiety and free up the mind via the strong bond created in the therapeutic relationship. Your whole body is acknowledged in this process, so recognizing that you are not simply a diagnosis or set of symptoms can also lead to far greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.