About

Hello, I’m Bex.  I’m a qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP.

If you need someone to talk to about relationships, bereavement, depression, abuse, self esteem, trauma, work stress – anything at all – counselling can offer a great place to start unpacking these worries. I am happy to work with whatever material a client may wish to bring.

Often when searching for a counsellor or therapist, it can feel overwhelming trying to understand what a lot of the jargon actually means, so to help, there is a small guide here. I work in a relational, integrative style (Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt) with particular interest in unconscious processes, interpersonal relationships and creative working. I adhere to the ethical guidelines and continual personal and professional development required by my governing body.

As well as my Private Practice, I volunteer as a counsellor for Kinergy, specialising in working with survivors of sexual abuse, and have previously volunteered with organisations specialising in supporting young people and people affected by self harm.

I am also an occasional lecturer in arts and mental health at the University of the West of England.

What will happen when we meet:

Once initial contact is made we will arrange an assessment session in which we can discuss what’s brought you to counselling at this time and what you’re hoping to get from the experience.  This will also be an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit and decide together whether or not we are a good fit for therapy. There is no pressure at all to proceed with counselling after an assessment session as it is vitally important that you feel comfortable working with me.

If you wish to continue with me then you will be asked to sign a contract, detailing the terms of our relationship including confidentiality, data protection, payment and cancellation policies. We will, where possible, form this contract together as a collaborative effort, to ensure that you are able to get the most out of the work.

While I am required, as part of my Code of Practice, to discuss my client work with a supervisor, your information will be anonymised and stored securely and your confidentiality will not be breached without your prior knowledge, and where possible, consent. Further clarification on the Code of Practice and Confidentiality Policy is shown on the contract.

Fees:

Fees currently stand at £40 – £45 per session, however limited concessionary places are available (£35).

The initial assessment session will be £40 and can be paid either in cash or prior bank transfer upon request.

Length of Contract:

I work from Horfield in Bristol and am available for both long and short term contracts.

Short Term Contracts usually consist of 12 weekly sessions, with a review after 6 sessions.

Long Term Contracts can run up to 2 years and will be reviewed regularly as we go along.

Sessions run for 1 hour and are usually weekly, although the frequency of sessions can be agreed upon between us.  Some evening appointments are available.

If you would like to arrange an initial meeting, or simply have an informal chat, please get in touch with your contact details and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

rebeccashawcounselling@gmail.com

07541 361 398

 

Bex