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 based in south Bristol, near Knowle and Brislington . I specialise in working with adults who want to resolve issues they are facing in their lives often involving levels of anxiety, stress, relationship issues, loss, low moods and uncertainty.

We all face difficult issues in our lives at some point and I work together with people to develop their understanding and gain clarity so they can find ways to manage whatever difficulty they face. My aim is to support people to build their own self-support and decision making so that they can live the life they want.

You may already know a lot about your issues through your experience. You may have read, researched or consulted friends, colleagues and family. Getting support from a variety of sources is positive. If you are considering further support to help you with your issue, 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. Psychotherapy and Counselling can be a useful tool to gain more clarity and understanding as well as try out new ways to resolve issues.

Finding a Way to Resolve Your Issues
You may have a major issue, past or present, that needs resolving or a problem that just needs further 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 to find your own resolution.

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. Supporting how you feel about yourself and your options, you can move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to bring clarity and a real sense of choice in life. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I support you to consider different ways for resolving your issues. Sometimes working at a deeper level can support us to find the transformation we are seeking to manage the challenges and uncertainties of life.

How we work together
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 issues. 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 and decide what you need to do.

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 for resolution. I believe we are all capable of creating change in our lives when we face challenges or difficulties.

Contact me to find out more (Details Right Hand Side)

1) Email or Text me: Tell me briefly what you want, check out the days and times you are seeking, and any other information. We then set up a telephone conversation.
2) Telephone call: About 10-15 mins, confidential with no obligations, to clarify further what you want and what I offer. You decide about coming to meet me.
3) First Session: This is low cost (£15) and confidential. You say more about what you want and I give some ideas of how we might work on these issues. You decide whether to continue then or later. Ongoing sessions £40.

What can I offer?

  • I welcome enquiries without any obligation.
  • The first session is reduced rate.
  • Sessions available daytime, evenings or very early morning. Flexibility possible for shift workers.
  • Pro-rata low cost sessions sometimes available- please feel free to ask.

  • 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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