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Dr John Ashworth Psychotherapist & Psychologist
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.

Having 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 therapeutic approach, but instead receive support that is tailored to meet their individual needs. I utilise learning from each of the main schools of psychotherapy; Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Behavioural. Please see my 'Training and Qualifications' page to find out more about the therapeutic approach 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 (Everyman Project), young children/families (NHS, Child & Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHs)), and clients with neurological conditions (NHS, Bristol (Southmead) and Gloucestershire Hospitals). I currently work part-time for the NHS as a Psychotherapist & Counselling Psychologist, and also see a number of clients in my north Bristol private practice.

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 work with 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
  • Low self confidence
  • Phobias
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma

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