Maria Bellis
Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapist and Counsellor in South Bristol- Whitchurch near Knowle

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Can Psychotherapy or Counselling help?

I am Maria Bellis. I am an accredited Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist based in south Bristol, near Knowle . (Details in 'My Experience'). I support people to overcome and reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loss.
I have a lifetime's experience supporting people in various settings, not to mention my own journey in managing the ups and downs of life. If you feel you need support with feeling low, lacking confidence, managing stress, anxiety or loss, Psychotherapy and Counselling can be a useful tool to support yourself to feel better.
Sometimes just making that first step is all it takes to start this process. I welcome enquiries without commitment because I know how important it is to consider your options.

How Does Psychotherapy and Counselling Work?
You may have a major issue, past or present, that needs resolving or a problem that just needs some clarity. Psychotherapy and Counselling can provide a safe space, talking with someone objective, to work on many life events and personal challenges. It is less about whether you 'need' therapy and more it can be a useful way to explore how you feel or think about yourself and any issues.
Through examining any negative thoughts, understanding more about yourself and your relationships, past and present, you can re-frame how you think about life events and relationships. This then supports how you feel about yourself so you can move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to bring clarity and a real sense of choice in life.

How Do I Work as a Therapist?
Life does have a habit of sending us the unexpected or difficult which can lead us to question ourselves or feel uncertain. My role is to support you to build your own clarity and resilience to feel you know how you want to manage your life. I not only bring my skills, experience and training into this process (see 'My Experience'), but my belief in the possibility of change to support you. You bring your willingness to consider and explore what you may need to find resolution. Together we work out what you need to better support yourself.

Some people have had previous experience of counselling and found it benefited them. Some people were not sure how counselling or therapy would work for them. However the types of questions people ask are similar such as:
"I feel down - how do I feel better? "
"I feel upset about what happened- I wish I could deal with things differently"
"I don't know how to get over this- How do I let go and move on?"
"I feel overloaded- How do I manage my stress?"
"There are problems in my relationships- How much is this me?"

If you identify with any of these feelings you may benefit from counselling and psychotherapy.
I understand the importance of being listened to and respect how different experiences can impact us. I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge through listening to people's stories both as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and also from my previous 30 years as a social worker in adult care.
As a Therapist my style is relaxed, friendly and supportive. By working collaboratively to find out what people need, I support people to understand more about themselves, their situations and to develop their own strategies to support themselves.

What to Do Next?
I believe in a step by step process to clarify information and support decision making.
1) You can e-mail me using the button on the side of this page or text me.
Tell me briefly what you want from psychotherapy or counselling. You can check out availability and any other information. Please feel free to make enquiries.
I can then email or text you back to answer any queries and clarify my availability.
We can then set up a telephone conversation to explore further what you are wanting.
2) You can call me direct using the number on the side of this page. You can leave a confidential message if needed and I will get back to you when I can.
3) In our 10-15 minute no obligation telephone call, I can give you some idea of how I may work with your issues to help you decide about coming to meet me.
4) The first session is at a low cost introductory rate - you choose what you feel able to say and I give some ideas of how we might work on these issues. You then decide whether to continue with psychotherapy /counselling.

I believe we are all capable of creating change in our lives when we face challenges or difficulties.
I work with you to explore what you need and to find your own way.

What can I offer?

  • I welcome enquiries, without any obligation.
  • We can work on a specific issue or in more depth with complexity.
  • We can work for a limited number of sessions or open ended.
  • The first session is reduced rate.
  • Sessions available evenings or very early morning as well as daytime.
  • Flexible sessions possible for shift workers.
  • Pro-rata low cost sessions sometimes available- please feel free to ask.

    "The first step in seeking happiness is learning."
    Dalai Lama.

  • My Location

    My practice is based in South Bristol -centered within the areas of Whitchurch, Knowle, Brislington and Stockwood. Easily accessed by car and buses from West Town Lane, the Wells Rd (A37), Airport Rd and Bath Rd (A4). There is ample street parking.
    See my 'Sessions and Contact' page for more details about location and public transport.

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