Hello and welcome to my website.  I’m a BACP registered therapist, and offer counselling, psychotherapy and CBT to individuals (aged 16+) in Central Bath.

I have experience of working with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, loss/bereavement, trauma, workplace/career problems and so on.  I have particular interests in working with relationship problems, trauma and with the long-term effects of a difficult childhood (including emotional abuse and neglect).

Very often, though, people come to therapy with a general sense that life isn’t quite right, rather than a specific issue:  perhaps you might be feeling a bit empty or lost, or generally overwhelmed by the demands of your life.   I provide a warm and supportive environment in which we can explore whatever is concerning you, no matter how difficult it seems. This can help you develop new perspectives on your thoughts, feelings and experiences.  In turn, this may lead to you identifying and exploring new opportunities and possibilities in your life.

As an “integrative” therapist, I draw on a range of different ideas and theories about talking therapy, and aim to tailor my approach to meet your individual needs and preferences.

What about CBT?  That’s what my GP has suggested I try…. 

One of the approaches I can use in our sessions is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Some find the structured and collaborative approach of CBT really suits them; others are not so keen and prefer a more a free-flowing approach.  It’s a matter of personal preference and also your specific needs (for instance I would recommend including CBT-based techniques when working with problems like panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and eating disorders).  This can be discussed at our initial meeting.

Contacting me

If you are interested in exploring whether therapy can help you and whether you would like to work with me, please call or email about arranging an initial session.  My contact details are:  07801 093583 & jhpearse@gmail.com.