My name is Bridget O'Connell and I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I offer one to one long and short term counselling to individuals from my private therapy room located in Whitchurch, Bristol, just off the Wells Road. It is in easy reach of the ring road and neighbouring areas of Totterdown, Knowle, Hengrove, Brislington, Keynsham and Stockwood.
I am a warm, approachable, empathic counsellor who is committed to supporting you with any current issues you may have. I am able to make meaningful connections with my clients and through a strongly relational stance aim to help people change unhelpful patterns. I believe in the power of being deeply 'heard, understood and supported' without judgment. I am passionate about my work and from my personal and professional experience I know that the correct counselling relationship can not only be truly transformative but is absolutely fundamental to accomplishing change.
I have been a piano teacher for many years and as such have a particular interest in creative techniques within therapy. I will be guided by you, but there is an opportunity to sing, draw, shout or move if this feels easier. I have discovered that these methods can help clients overcome feelings of shame and access emotions and experiences that may be too painful to talk about initially.
My final dissertation was on pre and perinatal issues and as such I welcome anyone who would like to talk about these very early important experiences and their impact, including those who have suffered Vanishing Twin Syndrome.
I have experience in the following issues amongst others :
Pregnancy & Fertility Issues
Womb Twin Loss
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