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Dr John Ashworth Psychotherapy & Counselling
Bristol & South Gloucestershire


Many people benefit from psychotherapy and counselling. To give you an idea, I regularly work with clients experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression. Some are working through life crises, coming to terms with loss, have suffered abuse, or are going through relationship problems. Others have felt stuck in old patterns they would like to change or are simply keen to understand themselves better and fulfil their potential.

Psychotherapy and counselling provides the backdrop to my practice, which at its core is about helping you to understand and make sense of your life. It’s about better understanding what is taking place, and making sense of experience. It involves a sometimes painful process of facing-up to those things that are ordinarily avoided and evaded. It’s also about realising the choices you have and how you would like your life to be.

I am an experienced practitioner registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health professions council (HCPC). Due to being trained in several different psychological models I am able to offer psychotherapy and counselling that is of an integrative/pluralistic nature. In practise this means that my clients are not moulded to any particular counselling approach, but instead receive support that is tailored to meet their individual needs. I utilise learning from each of the main schools of psychotherapy and counselling; Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Behavioural. Please see my 'Training and Qualifications' page to find out more about the psychotherapy and counselling approaches that I offer.

Having worked with a variety of client groups in several organisations, I have broad expertise. Examples of specific client groups I have worked with include: cancer patients (NHS, Mayday Hospital), men wishing to change abusive behaviour via anger management techniques (Everyman Project), young children/families (NHS, Child & Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHs)), and clients with neurological long-term health conditions (NHS, North Bristol Trust (NBT) as well as Bristol and South Gloucestershire specialist community neurology service (SCNS).

I currently run a private practise in north Bristol as well as work part-time for the NHS as a Psychotherapist & Counselling Psychologist. My Bristol counselling practise is available on weekday evenings and all day Friday.

I use the terms Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Counsellor interchangeably as I am qualified in all three disciplines, and there is more that unites than separates the areas of practise. Training and experience aside, key to the success of counselling is the quality of relationship that can be established between therapist and client. To this end I endeavour to offer a warm, nurturing, and non-judgemental environment that can help the people I work with to feel safe and supported. Practising this way reflects my natural character. I am an empathic, caring person, appreciative of the struggles of life.

As you can see from my areas of interest listed below, I am able to provide psychotherapy and counselling to people exhibiting a range of concerns. You may identify with one or more of these, or perhaps feel unable to make sense of what it is that’s troubling you. Either way, I welcome hearing from you.

Areas of interest include:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Couples counselling
  • Disability
  • Depression
  • Health anxiety
  • Identity issues
  • Loss
  • Low self confidence
  • Phobias
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma

If you are interested in receiving psychotherapy and counselling support in relation to managing anger, then please see my other website; www.angertherapy.co.uk for more detailed information about the counselling service I offer to people experiencing this particular concern.

As well as face-to-face appointments, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic I also provide counselling sessions via online platforms such as Zoom, as well as over the telephone.

"…the purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.” Rollo May, 1981.

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