UK Counselling Services Shelley Treacher in the UK


Counselling and psychotherapy for prevalent areas of concern


Counselling psychotherapy for anxiety

Many people experience anxiety on a daily basis. Left unattended it can lead to fatigue, depression or health problems. Counselling for anxiety is about exploring what lies beneath the anxiety, and learning techniques to cope with this experience. My training in body centred psychotherapy is particularly useful here, for learning self soothing and ways to manage and understand anxiety.


Counselling psychotherapy for depression

What depression means to me is literally a depression of one's feelings. This may mean that you have experienced many different overwhelming emotions that have been squashed, and so you have given up. Or it may mean feeling very down. Either way, therapy would involve exploring and understanding the depression and its causes. Here we work to discover what it is you really want and what is blocking you from having this, with a view to change and finding a way to feel happier.


Counselling psychotherapy for self esteem issues

This is probably the most common reason why people come to see me. Lack of self confidence is something that a lot of people will experience regularly.

Self esteem is all about how much we actually like ourselves. Low self confidence manifests in self doubt, criticism, loneliness, shame and suppressed feelings. The template for this is often laid out by the way our parents related (which would also have been learnt from their primary care givers.) So psychotherapy is about understanding this effect on you, and learning a new way of thinking about yourself, to the point of being able to embrace your life and succeed in the things that you want.

It is important that you know that this is not about blaming your parents, but more about you, which may be the very thing that you need in order to move on (paying attention to, valuing and caring for you. I have a lot of empathy for how uncomfortable this may be for you.)


Relationship counselling psychotherapy for single people

I also work alot with people who are not currently in relationship, and who feel hopeless about finding a mate. A huge number of people in our society are single and wish that they weren't. Lots of people feel they only meet the 'wrong' type of potential partner, and feel stuck and hopeless about this pattern ever changing. Many people feel used, rejected, and hurt.  Therapy is about understanding this pattern, caring for you, and learning a new way of approaching relationship realistically, and with exactly what you really want in mind. Self confidence will also be explored here (see above section).


Counselling psychotherapy for relationship issues

Wanting to improve a primary relationship is also a popular reason people come to see me. Often clients come to therapy when they are at crisis point in their current relationship. Betrayal, affairs and separation are common issues for us to talk about. Relationship building is fundamental to our lives yet it is something we are not taught well about. Understanding the patterns, roles and dynamics that exist between you and your partner can help. These are often repeated for generations and can be changed. Mindfulness and presence are the key to a successful relationship and sex life. Backed up emotions that have been squashed or unexpressed can lead to difficulties in being mindful, self aware, present or able to love. In Therapy all of this will be navigated to help you feel more empowered, open and ready for intimacy, leading to a more satisfying connection and life.

Counselling Psychotherapy for family issues

Do you dread Christmas or occasions with your family or inlaws?

You are not alone!

Christmas is often an extremely stressful time for people who feel restricted in their families. Many clients come to therapy to talk about this. Often we work on understanding family relationships, having the confidence to set boundaries for yourself, and ultimately finding a way to be happier within yourself, amongst your family and in any social setting or gathering of people.

Counselling psychotherapy for creative expression issues

“I had the feeling that therapy was good for my writing very early on."                                           - Filmmaker Agnes Jaoui

Therapy for creative people begins with self awareness.  This can help any of us be more authentic, aware or alive.  It can also help us to understand other people.  All of this can be valuable for anyone, and particularly for enhancing creative expression.

“Acting is telling a story, and you're part of telling that story... in some ways therapy helps more than acting class.  You realize why you operate in certain ways."                                          - Heather Graham, 'Psych Central.'

Therapy helps you to be clear about what it is that's holding you back from creative expression, and what you might need to explore in yourself, in order to move on.  Fear and self sabottage may be what is keeping you stuck, for example.  We will gently face this together.

You will also have access to creative media therapies and movement therapy, in our work. If this is a priority for you, let me know. It may be better for us to work from my private location (which is larger and quieter), than a clinic space.


For Students of Counselling or Psychotherapy

I have been fortunate enough to work with several students of Counselling courses and Counsellors at the beginning of a career.  I am happy to offer a sliding scale concessionary rate to you, if you fit into this category (£37 to £47.)  Please note that this would need to be a daytime appointment and is subject to availability.


For School Staff/Teachers

I have had the privilege of working with many school teachers and school staff over the years. Currently I receive referrals for the staff of St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol. It is very easy for a teacher to feel stressed and overworked, which can give rise to very little time to deal with feelings or a personal life. All of which can mean that feelings build up and tension is felt both at work and away. Talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist can help you to feel supported, to understand yourself, and to make powerful changes.


Shelley Treacher.

Helping you to live life fully and vibrantly.

Contact me to discuss how I may be able to help you.


Counselling & body centred psychotherapy practice based in Upper Knowle/ Totterdown, near to the Wells Road/ A37, and close to Templemeads Station. BS4 2DS.

Also in Bishopston, 162, Gloucester Road, BS7 8NT.

T: 0117 9830484 or
M: 07702 188676

For professional counselling services or psychotherapy in Bristol call, email or text: Shelley 0117 9830484 or 07702 188676. Or use the contact form at the end of this website.