Private Counselling & Psychotherapy Services in Clifton, Bristol

Create a Space in Your Life for You

Maria Brooks

MNCS Prof Accred.

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If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. If you are reading this there is a good chance that you are close to making the decision to seek therapy. Entering into counselling can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. 

People decide to enter into therapy for a multitude of reasons. You may feel stuck with thoughts and feelings you no longer feel able to deal with without help. It could be an issue that has escalated over time, or frustrating feelings and behaviour patterns that keep repeating. You may be struggling to cope on a day to day basis, or is a long term issue getting on top of you? You may feel overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, loneliness or anxiety or a lack of purpose and meaning in your life. Whatever is currently concerning or distressing in your life you are one step closer to change. 


My practice offers you a confidential, therapeutic relationship in a safe environment where we meet regularly. The trust and the empathy of the relationship is as important as the theoretical approach. Please take a look around my website to find out more. If you are seeking counselling/psychotherapy feel free to contact me, in confidence, to discuss your needs or to ask any questions. I will look forward to hearing from you.

What to Expect 


The first step would be to contact me to arrange an initial consultation; this exploratory session usually takes about an hour. I will be evaluating if my therapeutic approach is a good fit to your current needs and you will be able to decide if you feel comfortable talking to me. If we decide to work together and go ahead with a course of therapy, we would agree how many times a week and at what times it would be convenient for you to attend. I would explain my terms to you and answer any questions you may have. Subsequent to the initial consultation your therapy sessions will be for 50mins at the same time each week. My practice is conveniently located in Clifton Village, Bristol and ‘pay and display parking is close by. 

During the sessions, you may talk as much or as little as you like. I may ask questions about what you are communicating and may comment on what I think is going on. What you talk about is up to you and the aims or any goals of therapy are entirely in your own control.

Considering Therapy?


If you are thinking about counselling/psychotherapy and are not sure about whether it is right for you this article may be useful for addressing some of the questions that people often ask me either in the initial exploratory session or early in their therapy.



Create a space in your life for you



Psychotherapy enables you to:

  • Become aware of habitual patterns of thinking and acting which can result in unsatisfying relationships.

  • Bring clarity and understanding to your history and the impact this has had, and may still be having on you.   As awareness grows you  can get to know yourself in a deeper way.

  • Become acquainted with all parts of yourself, including emotions some of which may seem messy and unclear.  When feelings are disowned and pushed away they can still have an effect.  By recognising and integrating disowned parts of the self into conscious awareness you can develop an easier more connected relationship with yourself.


Therapy is a collaborative relationship aimed at helping you understand how you exist in your world.  This awareness can help in bringing about change.

Allowing and accepting feelings can be transformative – it is the process of acceptance and letting go which brings about growth and change.


Therapy offers greater self awareness, self expression, self acceptance and an enhanced relational life so that you may meet the ups and downs of life in a more resourced fulfilling way that supports well-being.

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