Els Van Counsellor , BS8

Coming to therapy or counselling can be intimidating, so I aim to put people at ease and strive to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere. My approach is relational-integrative. This means that I work collaboratively with you to ensure that you get from the sessions what you need. My route into therapy:

From a young age I knew that I wanted to work with people, so first became a nurse and later a nurse lecturer. I was never that drawn to the high tech side, but particularly enjoyed the areas of nursing where I could build up a relationship with the people I cared for, such as general medicine, rehabilitation, elderly care, chronic and terminal illness. My interest in talking with people led me to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist and eventually to develop a full time therapy practice. Although I have been seeing clients for 25 years, for me each client and each therapy session is new. I am continually fascinated by the human spirit and our need and ability to create meaning out of the things that happen in our lives.

Training and qualifications

Doctor in Psychotherapy; Middlesex University/Metanoia Institute (2008) MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy; BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) (2005) Somatic Trauma Therapy Training; Babette Rothschild at Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (2002) Certificate Foundation in Dance Movement therapy; Dancevoice (2002) Certificate Foundation in Core Process (Mindfulness based) therapy; Karuna Institute (1997) Certificate in Supervision; Centre for Staff Team Development (1997) Diploma in Counselling Studies; University of Wales (1991) Postgraduate Certificate in Education; University of Wales (1989) Bereavement studies; CRUSE (1986)


50.- for 60 minutes

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Normanton Road, BS8 2TY
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