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, an accredited Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist, and I am based in Whitchurch, south Bristol- near Knowle and Brislington (See Sessions and Contact Page). Throughout my life, I have always worked supporting people to manage the issues in their lives. I believe Psychotherapy and Counselling is a useful tool to promote change, personal growth, and healing to not only support but enhance well-being. Whether you have a short-term goal or long term issues, I welcome enquiries if you want to find out more before deciding to meet.

Why Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Psychotherapy and Counselling can provide a safe space to work on many life events and personal challenges. A space to express thoughts and feelings without judgement. It is less about ‘needing' therapy and more about being a useful tool to explore and clarify issues. The process of talking to someone objective supports examining any negative thoughts and feelings you may have to understanding more about your patterns and relationships. When we re-frame how we think and feel about ourselves, life events and relationships, we can move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to a real sense of choice in our lives.

As a Therapist, I find our relationship with ourselves often impacts on many issues in our lives. Increasing our awareness and understanding is only part of the process of considering change. People make adaptations in their lives for many reasons. Therapy provides opportunities to experience new thoughts and feelings that support you to consider how you deal with issues and consider alternatives.

About Gestalt Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapists believe that people are born with the resources and ability to lead satisfying and creative lives but that life experiences may interrupt this process. We focus on understanding how our life experiences affect us through the situations we encounter and reconnect with achieving what we wish for ourselves potentially. Through increased awareness, dealing with 'unfinished business' and re-framing negative or self-limited thinking we can find our own solutions to how we respond to life. The emphasis is very much about people finding their own 'creative' ways to lead more satisfying lives.

I find change can be very rewarding though sometimes not easy. I believe learning more about ourselves is a lifelong path and change is always possible to support our choices and well-being.

Finding A Way
In my view, life does have a habit of sending us the unexpected or difficult which can lead us to question ourselves and feel uncertain about what to do. Often we manage things ourselves but sometimes support from another helps us find our way through. I see my role as supporting you to build your own clarity to support yourself in the way you would like to manage your life.

I work holistically which means we look at how issues may affect different parts of your life where relevant. I work collaboratively which means you have a say in this process as we work together. I not only bring my skills, experience, and training (see 'My Experience'), but my belief in the possibility of change to support you. You bring your own knowledge and understanding as well as your willingness to consider and explore what you may need to find resolution. Together we work out what you need to continue to support yourself after our work is done.

I can work on many levels with a variety of issues and complexity. Not only am I experienced as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, but I have 30 years knowledge gained from listening to many life stories as an adult care social worker. I can work with:
Anxiety/Depression; Loss/Bereavement; Low Confidence/Self-Esteem; Relationships or experiences past or present; Work related issues; Stress; Health Issues; Considering Life Choices; Alcohol use; Managing Stressful Life events and many other issues.

What to do next?

1) Please E-mail me (Click Side button) brief details about what you want from psychotherapy or counselling, also checking out availability and any other information. I can answer any queries and we can then set up a telephone call.
2) 10-15 minute no obligation telephone call to clarify issues further. I give you some idea of how we might work and then we decide to meet up.
3) The first session is at a low cost introductory rate (£15): You choose what you feel able to say and hope to achieve. I give some further ideas of how we might work on these issues.
4) You then decide whether to continue with psychotherapy /counselling.

  • The first session is reduced rate.
  • Evening or very early morning sessions possible for people who work day time.
  • Some flexibility for shift workers.
  • Concessionary rates available e.g. students and counselling/therapy trainees.

  • My Location

    I am 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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