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Jane McDonald, Counsellor in Bristol , Bristol ,

Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald MSc, BSc 

Integrative Counsellor in Bristol

Short-term and long-term therapy for adults aged over 18. 

Through being in conversation, counselling can support, witness, and integrate our story by providing a safe and unconditional relational space. Sometimes we connect our past experiences with our present, shining a light into our unconscious, developing insight into repeating patterns of behaviour. We may start or continue our journey to resolve and repair relational wounds, difficulties, and challenges that repeat in the here and now. 

I am a humanistic and integrative counsellor with a psychodynamic focus, which means that we will explore and address your present difficulties with reference to your past experiences and childhood. When we find ourselves feeling stuck or at a point of crisis in our emotional lives, unsure where to turn counselling provides an opportunity to understand ourselves, to untangle inner conflicts and areas of distress in a way which can bring both solace and change.

My uniqueness as a warm and open counsellor originates in my life experiences, alongside my CranioSacral Therapy and Somatic Pilates practice. The values and qualities I embody in the therapeutic relationship are authenticity, empathy, and compassion. I am confident with complex presentations; with the intention of providing safe therapy that does not retraumatise. Being body orientated is an integral part of my practice, the body is a resource to stabilise, build awareness, resilience and recover. Somatic experience can be resource for holding boundaries, as well as exploring sensations to access thoughts and emotions in a safe and supportive way.  

I believe the therapeutic relationship to be at the centre of therapy, like the thread that holds us together through difficult times. At the beginning and with no obligation to continue, I offer a single session in person or on zoom to explore the parameters of counselling and agree whether we are suited to working together. If we feel I am not the right therapist for you I can help you find a “good fit” with someone else. We will agree a number of sessions to work together and review as we go on; should you want to end therapy earlier than planned we will have a final session to therapeutically end. Sessions take place on the same day at the same time each week with a 48-hour cancellation notice.

As an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy I abide by both of their code of ethics. I receive regular supervision and undertake continuing professional development. 

Location I work from the Practice Rooms in Southville (BS3) and Cotham (BS8, wheelchair accessible), further details can be provided as and when a session is arranged by email of by phone. 

Active Travel, Transport Links and Parking Both locations are accessible by walking and cycling, if this is not possible for you, where you can please use public transport. Alternatively, paid short-term street parking is also available. 


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Sessions & Fees

Individual: In person £40+
Individual: online £40+


Bath Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy: 

- Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling 2020 – 2024

Upledger Institute: 

- CranioSacral Therapy 2018 – 2024

Australian Pilates & Physiotherapy Institute: 

- Clinical Matwork Pilates 2014

Jing Institute: 

BTEC L6 Clinical and Sports Massage Therapy 2012 – 2016

Oxford Family Therapy Service: 

- Introductory Certificate in Applying Systemic Practice 2001 – 2002 

- Intermediate Certificate in Applying Systemic Practice 2002 – 2003

Reading University:

- MSc Research Methods in Psychology 1998 - 1999 

University of Central Lancashire: 

- PGD in Health Promotion 1993 – 1994 

- BSc Psychology with Law 1989 – 1999 

I have also participated in regular professional development sessions on, for example, Mental Health First Aid at Work, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Smoking Cessation, Brief Interventions – Alcohol.