About my therapy practice
Hello, I’m Bernadette, and I provide on-line and face to face counselling for individuals and couples. I am based in Cardiff and West Dorset and offer counselling within a therapy room or on-line.
I am an experienced Person- Centred Counsellor meaning that I provide an environment that helps you explore issues and problems, feelings, beliefs and behaviours in a way that enables you to move towards fulfilling your potential.
Finding the right counsellor can be daunting. I offer a warm welcome and a safe and supportive environment. I will not judge, regardless of what you bring to the session, and this will help build a trustworthy relationship where you are able to disclose what is troubling you. Your counselling journey can help you recognise the bigger picture, make connections and support you towards the life you want to live. This journey is known as ‘self- actualisation’, which I believe is achievable for everyone.
I provide counselling to individuals, and my ambition is to see people grow and develop. I have met and supported many incredible clients experiencing anxiety, depression, low mood, loss & grief, OCD, anger and traumatic life events. Additionally, I am an experienced couples and relationship counsellor, and use a blend of Person- Centred and Solution Focused Therapies and Neuro- Linguistic- programming (Coaching). I provide a toolkit of resources which support couples to reduce conflict, improve communication and achieve agreed goals.
If you would like to find out further information, I am always happy to chat beforehand to explore if counselling is right for you.
I ascribe to the ethical value of providing clients with effective and confidential therapy, and work in accordance with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists code of ethics.
Once we have agreed a time and location, I will email you a counselling contract, detailing what you can expect from counselling sessions. A contract also explains confidentiality and the quality of service you can expect
Your first session
I provide a very warm welcome and create an environment that is based on trust and safety. The session will begin by you having opportunity to tell me what is troubling you. It is up to you what you would like to talk about, and the extent to which you talk in the first session. I provide a completely non- judgmental environment, and will support you in exploring issues and problems.
For relationship and couples counselling, I provide the same warm, welcoming, trusted and safe environment; and provide a space where you are able to begin to identify and clarify relationship issues and think about your individual relationship ambitions and shared goals. From the first session, I will recommend take away tasks that help you both to positively review, reflect and gain valuable insights in between therapy sessions.
Trusted Counselling Professional
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Qualifications,Training & Membership
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Neuro- Linguistic- Programming
Trauma & Disassociation
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Unconscious Bias Training
Enhanced DBS check
Accredited, Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (00928530)
Please get in touch, happy to chat and see if counselling is right for you