I’m Shelley Peterson – an experienced Bristol-based counsellor who’s passionate about using my accredited counselling skills to help tackle the “stuff” that prevents us from living life to the full.

Informed by my Christian faith, I see every person as uniquely complex and wonderful. I am equally comfortable working with clients of any faith, and those with none. I offer Person-Centred counselling that values the unique therapist-client relationship, and draws from a range of different tools and approaches that are tailored to suit you and your circumstances.

My Qualifications

  • BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Registered and Accredited Counsellor
  • Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling Skills – University of Gloucestershire
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • BA (Hons) Degree in History and Religious Studies

Counselling and relevant experience

  • Network, Bristol – voluntary and then professional counselling
  • Counselling Training Leader – ‘Being there’ and ‘A way of being’ introductory listening and foundational counselling skills courses
  • Youthwork Team Leader with a Christian Youth Organisation for 7 years
  • Secondary School Humanities Teacher for 4 years
  • Pastoral Care Worker for 3 years
  • Various Voluntary Sector Administration roles for 8 years

The bigger picture

Originally from Lancashire, I have been living in Bristol on and off since 1994, and love it here. I have two teenage sons to keep me busy, and personal experience of the impact of Asperger’s syndrome on family life.

I’ve had a far from sheltered up-bringing, and my broad life experience has included time spent working with disadvantaged people in Singapore, Uganda, and in the UK.

I work hard at keeping fit and particularly enjoy running, having successfully completed the London Marathon in addition to several half-marathons. I’m an avid reader and enjoy getting to know people.

If you’d like to meet me before going further with the counselling, why not get in touch to arrange a no-strings attached Introductory Session