Maria Bellis
Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapist and Counsellor in South Bristol - near Whitchurch, Knowle and Brislington.


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Can Psychotherapy or Counselling help?

I am Maria Bellis and I work with people who wish to improve their well-being when they feel sadness, anxiety, frustration or dissatisfaction about issues in their lives.
If you are wanting clarity and understanding about a problem, seeking healing and recovery from a past or present experience or wanting to develop your personal growth to find more satisfaction, psychotherapy and counselling can be useful to you in enabling the change you seek.

Many people resolve their issues through their own efforts: self-reflection, support networks, social media, and study, often becoming
better informed about their issues. Some may even have tried a few weeks counselling. This can be enough for many but sometimes people can feel frustrated or downhearted when their efforts have not brought them the results they wanted.

You do not have to have a complex issue to work with me as psychotherapy can work on many levels. I often work with people who have made efforts to resolve their issues. Through their efforts they have gained an understanding but choose to have deeper more focused work to find the satisfaction they seek.

I am an accredited Counsellor (NCS), Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP), and a registered Member of BACP (see More About Me page). You can contact me, without obligation, if you would like to get an idea of how I can work with you to resolve your issues.

Whether you have a short-term goal or long term issues, I welcome enquiries to find out more as I understand it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. Reading My Blog will give you some idea about how I think and work as a therapist.
Just send me brief details of what you are wanting.Click here to E mail me.

  • All of my contact is confidential and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
  • I practice counselling and psychotherapy in south Bristol in Whitchurch, near Knowle, Hengrove, Stockwood and Brislington (See Getting in Touch ). There are several local buses and I am near the main roads of Wells Rd, Bath Rd and Airport Rd. There is plenty of parking space.
  • I work weekdays including early morning and evenings. I can also accommodate changing shift patterns.
  • My sessions are £40 with a concessionary rate possible. The first introductory session is £15.


  • Why Psychotherapy and Counselling?

    Psychotherapy and counselling enable you to express thoughts and feelings without judgement and provide opportunities to consider other options so you can move on to feel better about your situation. You don't have to 'need' therapy, you only need a willingness to explore and clarify issues to gain more understanding about your options for change. When you understand more about how you think about your self, life events and relationships, you can move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to a real sense of choice and enablement.

    Part of my discussion with you is to clarify your goals and what may be involved if you want to work short or long term. The important thing is that you feel in control of your own process and decision making. I am not here to impose anything but I can share my professional experience and knowledge.


    Finding A Way

    Life has a habit of sending us the unexpected or challenging. This may lead you to question yourself or feel uncertain about what to do. Counselling and psychotherapy are resources you could find useful to increase clarity, build resilience and develop choices.

    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 all the way through. Together we work out what you need to continue to support yourself and find resolution.

    I can work on many levels with a variety of issues and complexity. I have been in private practice for several years. I also have over 30 years knowledge gained from listening to many life stories and experiences as an adult care social worker (More About Me).

  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Anxiety, low mood or depression
  • Negative Thinking or Self-Doubt
  • Bereavment or Loss
  • Coping with difficulties in relationships
  • Stress
  • Dealing with abuse experiences
  • Coping with Health issues
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues
  • Alcohol related issues
  • Uncertainty about your life
  • Issues arising from health matters


  • What is 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. By increasing your awareness, dealing with any 'unfinished business' and re-framing any negative or self-limited thinking you can find your own creative solutions to how to respond to your challenges.

    I find change can be very rewarding though sometimes not easy. People make adaptations that support them the best way they can but when this no longer works so well they can consider other ways of self-support. Even if you are not sure of the best way forward for you, therapy involves exploring and sometimes trying out other ways so you can experience more choices.


    What to do next?

  • Please give me brief details about what you want from counselling or therapy (Click here to E mail me.).
  • You can check out availability and any other information you want to ask.
  • You can also text or call and leave a message.
  • I can answer any queries and if you choose we can then set up a telephone call and arrange to meet.
  • You can find out more about my location and arranging first sessions at Getting in Touch.

    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
    Goethe.




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