Maria Bellis
Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy and Counselling, South Bristol in Whitchurch near Knowle

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Why seek Psychotherapy or Counselling?

I am Maria Bellis, and I am based in south Bristol, near Knowle . I am both an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist with UKCP and an accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Society.
Psychotherapy and Counselling provide a safe space to work on many life issues and personal challenges to clarify the issues in your life and feel differently about yourself or others. This in turn supports you to consider different ways to resolve issues or make decisions, to move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns, and to consider what changes you want in your life. Through understanding more about your relationships, how you feel about yourself, un-ravelling past or present issues and re-framing any negative thoughts you can develop your own ways to support yourself. The process of talking with someone objective can support you to understand more about how to manage difficult thoughts or feelings, explore what might get in the way of resolving issues and clarify what works for you. My aim is for you to build your own clarity and resilience to feel you know what you want and to manage your life choices. I bring my skills, experience and training into this process. You bring a willingness to find resolution. We work out together what you need and how you can support yourself.

As a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I can work on many levels with a variety of issues and complexity. I understand the importance of listening to your concerns and going at your pace. My previous experience as an adult care social worker gave me a good grounding of many different situations and life events which adds to my knowledge and experience in my practice. My therapeutic style is relaxed and friendly but supportive as we explore issues together. I can work with many issues including: Anxiety/Depression; Loss/Bereavement; Low Confidence/Self-Esteem; Difficult Relationships past or present; Work related issues; Considering Life Choices; Alcohol use; Managing Stressful Life events etc. I believe in taking things in stages so that people can make informed decisions and consider their options.

What to do next:Considering Counselling and Psychotherapy may feel like a big decision for some. I believe in a step by step process to support decision making.
1) You can e-mail me brief details about what you want from psychotherapy or counselling, also checking out availability and any other information .
2) We can then set up a 10-15 minute no obligation telephone call to clarify further about issues and decide upon a first session.
3) The first session is at a low cost introductory rate and also low key- you choose what you feel able to say and I give some ideas of how we might work on these issues.
4) 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 offer warm, sensitive support adapted to your need and pace.
  • I work collaboratively so we explore and find your solutions together.
  • I have many years experience of working with different people, issues and situations.
  • We can work on a specific issue or in more depth with complexity.
  • I welcome telephone inquiries, without any obligation, to explore your issues.
  • The first session is reduced rate so you can experience how I work and clarify what you need.
  • Some Low cost sessions may be available.
  • Evening sessions possible for people who work day time.

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  • 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 Contact page for more details about location and public transport.

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