Ginny Bates Counselling



Even as a shy teenager, I knew I wanted to work with people and that is why I chose to study Psychology at University.

Upon graduating, my first job was as a residential social worker in a community home for teenage boys. It was a real baptism of fire into the grim reality for children in care in Bradford at the time. I went on to work in various residential contexts with young people; those who had offended, those with mental health and emotional problems and those who were facing homelessness.

I began studying counselling to develop the skills I needed to be of more assistance to those I was working with. I undertook my own counselling and learnt a lot about myself along the way.

I worked as a project worker in a street drugs project where I counselled clients who had suffered childhood abuse and neglect. I also worked with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems and in a project for children and young people who have been abused as children.

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I then worked for the NHS seeing clients referred by their GP usually suffering with anxiety and or depression. These clients came from all walks of life with all sorts of backgrounds and life problems.

After twelve years of counselling in primary care, I decided to go freelance as a counsellor when I was made redundant from the NHS due to service restructuring.

I enjoy working as a counsellor. I experience it as a real privilege to work with people to make the changes they desire in their lives.

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Get in touch

Feel free to contact me by email, text or call 07588584650 I offer a free twenty-minute call and then if you wish we can book an initial appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help..

I work from my comfortable therapy room in Enso, Cheltenham Road, Cotham, Bristol which is easily accessible from Bristol City Centre, a few minutes walk from Montpelier Station and Gloucester Road.

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