There are often times in our lives where we experience difficulties and feel unable to cope. Sometimes these are problems that we feel we can manage with the support of family and friends and we know where we can turn to for assistance. However there are times when our problems feel to difficult to understand and we feel the need to look elsewhere for support. At these times speaking to an impartial, professional therapist can be helpful. Without offering advice, the process of therapy can help to enable us to find answers and in turn manage the feelings and experiences we are having.
Working from Haslemere Clinic I am a friendly and professional therapist registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Working with young people and adults, I have worked with many people helping them to explore their feelings and find effective ways of coping with their difficulties. I work in private practice here and also at The Priory Southampton as Senior Eating Disorders Therapist. I have specialist knowledge of working with all aspects of Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Over-eating, but also have extensive experience of working with other areas including abuse, anxiety and panic, lack of confidence, Depression, work related issues, emotional or sexual difficulties, Relationship/Family Issues and bereavement.
I am part of a wide network of counselors, psychotherapists and organisations and if I am not the right person to help you I will endeavor to offer you referral suggestions and support you in accessing the care and support you need elsewhere.
I operate an equal opportunity policy and do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, marital status, physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, social origins, and political or religious beliefs.
If you think I may be able to help, or you have some questions, please contact me. There is no need for a referral; contact and sessions are all held in strictest confidence, and you are under no obligations to proceed.
I look forward to hearing from you, and wish you all the best in accessing the support you need.
My role as a Counsellor is to enable you the client to explore many aspects of your life and feelings,by talking openly and freely. Talking in such a way is rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and biases that may be detrimental to the success of the counselling.
It is therefore important that the Counsellor is not emotionally involved with you the client and does not become so during the counselling sessions. The Counsellor neither judges, nor offers advice. The Counsellor gives you the client an opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt and fear, for example, in a confidential environment. The Counsellor may encourage you the client to examine parts of your lives that they may have found difficult or impossible to face before.
There may be some exploration of early childhood experiences in order to throw some light on why you the individual reacts or responds in certain ways in given situations. This is often followed by considering ways in which you might choose to change such behaviours.
Effective counselling reduces confusion, allowing you to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in your attitude and/or behaviour.
Effective counselling is not advice-giving and is not acting on someone else’s behalf (these are more the roles of a life coach). The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable you to make your own choices, reach your own decisions and to act upon them.
I also offer Supervision, Training and Life Coaching.
Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating Disorders, General counselling, Health related issues, Life Coaching, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress
Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred), Dip Humanistic Counselling, 1999; Comb Cert Counselling Skills & Theory, 1996; Acc 2002; Snr Acc 2012
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural), Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative
Type of clients
Adults, Couples, Older Adults, Families, Groups, Organisations
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, On-line counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling.
Individual and couples therapist.
When we have problems in our life, or life itself seems problematic, it can help to talk to a caring professional. I offer the opportunity to engage in a non-judgmental and confidential exploration of your world. I am a fully qualified and accredited BACP counsellor working with individuals and couples. I work with adults and older teenagers and offer both short term and long term support. I can offer sessions in French.
I believe the relationship my client and I build is the most important element in the healing process. When this working relationship is collaborative, trusting and feels safe it encourages understanding of what can be changed in your life and how to accept and better manage what cannot be changed.
Training & Experience
My training and qualification is an integrative-relational approach which draws on a range of theories, including psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I read widely and also regularly attend workshops covering other approaches such as CBT and mindfulness. This means I can tailor our collaborative work to best fit your individual concerns within a safe and compassionate environment.
I have also been formally trained as an emotionally focused therapist (visit www.iceeft.com for more information) to help support couples facing challenges in their relationship. This approach is collaborative in helping you to identify the repeated patterns of conflict that create distance between you. I work with you both to develop a deeper understanding of the difficult emotions that you are both experiencing. These emotions that include fear, loneliness and hurt drive these negative patterns. Together we can look at transforming the distress and distance between you to a rediscovery of the love that brought you together and a strengthening of this bond.
My experience includes working as a CRUSE bereavement volunteer with adults and children. I have also worked with Surrey Care Trust helping support teenagers who have struggled to fit into mainstream school and as a mentor to help with their personal goals.
I also have experience of supporting people covering a wide range of difficulties. These include abuse, addiction, anxiety problems, bereavement, childhood abuse or neglect, depression, low self-esteem, MS, cancer, pregnancy and birth, rape, relationship issues, sex problems, sexual and gender identity issues, stress, terminal illness and work related stress.
I also have a practice in London.
BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling, BSc (Hons) Psychology
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred) and I am bound by its Ethical Framework. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.
If you would like to talk through your needs informally, please just contact me, I would be very happy to talk to you. You can access more information about me and counselling on my website: http://www.isabelbristowecounselling.co.uk/
MA MBACP reg Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor
Life can be challenging and faced with adversity sometimes we have to find and develop our inner resources in order to make decisions and move forward. Professional counselling helps us to gain insight to ourselves to understand who we are, why we feel what we feel and how best to achieve what is right for us. Whether it is one particular issue on your mind or more generally the challenging aspects of life, professional counselling helps to overcome problematic emotional issues.
Finding a therapist can be difficult, which is why I offer an initial consultation at a reduced rate with no commitment to continue . This session allows you to judge whether you feel comfortable talking to me and whether or not counselling is what you want at this time. It is not always easy making these decisions and feeling pressured to commit can make it harder.
I have worked with young adults at colleges and currently work in a number of schools as well as having private clients in Midhurst and Petersfield.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Roehampton University
NCFE level 3 Cunselling Skills
NCFE level 2 Counselling Skills
NCFE level 1 Counselling Skills
School Counsellor Your Space Therapies Ltd
College Counsellor Guildford College
CPD Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I offer counselling for individuals with a warm, caring approach to problem solving and healing. As an experienced, counsellor, my approach is accepting and non-judgmental, allowing clients time and space to be heard, and explore more about themselves, and the issues they are facing – at their own pace; most often bringing about lasting and positive results. I realise that counselling can seem really daunting, especially for those who have not undertaken it before and so I offer a free preliminary session to allow time for both of us to discover if we feel happy about working with each other.
I am an integrative counsellor, (BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling) which means I can work in a way to suit each client’s individual needs.Whether you want some help coming to terms with major issues in your life or a listening ear to help you find a way forward, I can help you overcome present difficulties and find next steps. You may only require a few sessions or wish to engage in long term work. We would agree a way forward at our first session together, and monitor the work as we go. You are in control at all times.
I can help with a variety of issues such as, depression, anxiety, stress related issues, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, anger management, worried about children or other family members, experiencing relationship difficulties, suffering illness or bereavement, experiencing employment difficulties , facing retirement, suffering or suffered abuse or struggling with eating disorders
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accredited) and I am bound by its Ethical Framework. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.
I have a private practice in Farnham as well as working at the Haslemere Clinic
Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or would just like to explore how I may be able to help.
I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor and I obtained my degree at Worcester University and then I went onto qualify as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist training at The Clifton Practice, which is recognised centre of Excellence for hypnotherapy; it is considered to be one of the top training schools.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) this is the largest registered, professional body for Psychotherapists in the United Kingdom.
My vocational back ground encompasses 28 years’ of working with adults and children. For several years I worked as a volunteer counsellor (Cruse bereavement).As specialist in the Solution focused hypnotherapy’ I focus on finding solutions and we will not dwell on your problems.
Your sessions will comprise of a combination of talking therapy techniques when we will discuss the changes you want to make and the steps you can take to complete your goals to reach your preferred future. I will not regress or go back over your past experiences.
During your initial consultation we will discuss your goals and how you can achieve them so that you begin your transition towards them. As a brain based therapist I will explain how your brain works so that you understand why you behave in ways, or make decisions that you know are unhelpful. Your sessions are supplemented with a CD which I give to you at the end of your Initial consultation; this is to support your therapy at home. I provide a friendly and professional approach that is designed to inspire, improve and alter your thinking patterns and behaviour styles so that you make sustainable changes.
My objectives are to –
- To initiate and generate encouraging, optimistic solutions,
- Improve your confidence to help you create a belief in yourself so that you accomplish your goals,
- Help you to reflect in a positive way and to become enthusiastic,
- To remind and introduce an awareness of “what is good about you” by introducing new resources and highlighting your existing strengths,
- Assist you to move towards a preferred future,
- Provide the opportunity to define change,
- Provide insight into what is working,
- Continue to support what is working,
- During sessions I will educate you so that you understand how your brain and thinking styles develop. Part of our work will be to help you to establish positive and sustainable thinking and feeling pathways,
- Hypnotherapy is a natural and gentle way to treat all kinds of emotional and psychological problems. Please remember that your brain is always learning, this is called Neuroplasticity, we now know that our brains are constantly growing new neural pathways throughout our lives. This means that you can harness more effective, fulfilling and flexible thinking. When you understand this you can make sustainable changes to your thinking, behaviour and ultimately to your feelings too.
- Together, we will deal with change. I am committed to help you work towards personal awareness so that you gain insight and clarity into your life. My sessions are carefully applied and delivered in the right context to suit your particular needs, I balance my sessions with technical expertise, intuition and a sense of humour.
- Hypnotherapy is used to:
- increase confidence,
- increase motivation,
- learn how to control anxiety and negative ,automatic ,thoughts,
- increase memory and concentration,
- encourage an individual to focus
- overcome fear of failure and
- learn how to relax.
- In each session we will discuss your options to find out how you can make and achieve a healthier mind, body and ultimately an all-round sustainable-happier lifestyle.
- Stop smoking; to do this successfully you need to have intellectual control.
- I have an ENHANCED DBS – Disclosure and Barring service, I am eligible to work with children and vulnerable adults (this was previously called a CRB)
- I am fully insured and supervised.
- As a qualified Psychotherapist I have undergone extensive professional training and I continue to attend (CPD) Continued Professional Development. I work within the strict guidelines of the BACP, AfSFH and the NCH and I adhere completely to their guidelines of conduct, confidentiality and their ethical framework.