Maria Bellis
Counselling and Psychotherapy

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

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Can Psychotherapy or Counselling help?

I am Maria Bellis and I believe Psychotherapy and Counselling can improve wellbeing through bringing clarity and understanding, supporting healing and recovery, promoting personal growth and enabling change. I help individuals to feel better about issues that may cause them to feel anxious, sad, confused or dissatisfied.
I am an accredited Counsellor (NCS), Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP), and an Individual Member of BACP (see My Experience page).

I am happy to be contacted so you can get an idea of what I am like and how I may work with 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. Click the Contact Button on the right to e-mail me any queries.
You can also text me or call and leave a message.
You can read My Blog ( see above) to find out more about how I work.
I practice counselling and psychotherapy in south Bristol in Whitchurch, near Knowle, Stockwood and Brislington (More about Location on Contact Page).

Why Psychotherapy and Counselling?
My aim is to provide a safe space to work on many life events and personal challenges. Psychotherapy and counselling enables you to express thoughts and feelings without judgement 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. The aim is to support you with feeling better about the things that feel hard to resolve and find solutions that work for you. 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.

As a Psychotherapist and counsellor, 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 but it is how we feel about our lives that is important. Therapy provides opportunities to experience and develope new thoughts and feelings that support positive change. We can only move at your pace and my role is to support you through this process of change.

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. We focus on understanding how our life experiences affect us through the situations we encounter and reconnect with achieving what we wish for ourselves. Through increased awareness, dealing with 'unfinished business' and re-framing negative or self-limited thinking we can find our own creative solutions to how we respond to life and find the satisfaction we seek.

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 challenging which can lead us to question ourselves and feel uncertain about what to do. Often we manage things ourselves or with support from others. Counselling and psychotherapy is another resource people can find useful. I see my role as supporting you to build your own clarity and develop choices that support you in 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. 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 over 30 years knowledge gained from listening to many life stories and experiences as an adult care social worker. I can work with:
Anxiety/Depression; Loss/Bereavement; Low Confidence/Self-Esteem; Family or relationship issues; Work related issues; Stress; Health Issues; Alcohol use and other difficult life events.

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. You can text or call and leave a message. I can answer any queries and if you choose 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. You get a sense of me as a person and therapist. You then decide whether 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. You then decide whether to continue with psychotherapy /counselling.

  • I offer daytime sessions Monday-Friday.
  • I offer evenings and early mornings for full time workers.
  • I can offer flexibility for shift workers.
  • I offer students, counselling/ therapy trainees and those on lower incomes a concessionary rate of £30.
  • I can offer agreed short term work or long term.

  • My Location

    I practice counselling and psychotherapy 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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