Our Services

We provide individual, couple & group counselling services at our premises in central Bristol.

Our premises are currently closed in line with COVID-19 government guidance. 

Our priority is to keep providing our service for current and prospective clients. We are now offering all sessions over the telephone or online via Zoom.

If you live in Bristol or surrounding areas and any of the following statements apply to you, please contact us for more information about how to access our service:

  • I am an adult facing death or dying (defined as having a serious or life threatening illness).
  • I am an adult who is close to someone who is facing death or dying (includes family members, friends, and loved ones).
  • I am an adult who has been bereaved following illness (within the past two years)

Your counselling sessions provide a time and a place where you can explore how you are feeling about what is happening and speak about things that maybe difficult to share with others. You will also be supported to consider the impact of previous experiences, which may help you to make more sense of what is happening now.

If we can’t offer counselling ourselves, we will do our best to direct you to other agencies who may be able to help.

Our premises are currently closed in line with COVID-19 government guidance. 

Our priority is to keep providing our service for current and prospective clients. We are now offering all sessions over the telephone or online via Zoom.

If you live in Bristol or surrounding areas and any of the following statements apply to you, please contact us for more information about how to access our service:

  • I am an adult facing death or dying (defined as having a serious or life threatening illness).
  • I am an adult who is close to someone who is facing death or dying (includes family members, friends, and loved ones).
  • I am an adult who has been bereaved following illness (within the past two years)

Your counselling sessions provide a time and a place where you can explore how you are feeling about what is happening and speak about things that maybe difficult to share with others. You will also be supported to consider the impact of previous experiences, which may help you to make more sense of what is happening now.

If we can’t offer counselling ourselves, we will do our best to direct you to other agencies who may be able to help.

Individual Counselling 
This therapy is on a 1-1 basis and is weekly. Clients can use counselling sessions to discuss whatever they wish. Regular themes include:
  • Exploring the impact of death, dying and bereavement.
  • Talking about fears and concerns about loss.
  • Discussing relationships with family and friends.
  • Paying attention to how clients think and feel about their medical treatment.
Couple Counselling 
When one or both members of a couple is facing death, dying or bereavement, it can create all sorts of changes to the relationship. 

Coming for counselling together can help to make sense of these, and to find ways to cope and to strengthen your relationship. 

We know that couples can draw enormous support from one another at difficult times, but it can be a huge challenge to know how to do this.  Illness may require different ways of being with one another, and the roles you have become accustomed to taking in the relationship can change. 

Regular weekly therapy helps to understand what is happening, and to make changes that can help.
Group Therapy 

The Harbour runs regular therapy groups in Bristol. These groups are for people who are struggling to cope with life-threatening illness, and feel very isolated or alone with their feelings.

Joining a therapy group can help people to recognise that they are not alone. Our groups offer an opportunity to explore and understand feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The groups draw on individuals’ life experiences as a way of helping make sense of what is being faced. As trust is built in the group, members can find it possible to share some of their most difficult thoughts and feelings.

There is an opportunity to learn new ways of relating to others, and to change old unhelpful patterns of communicating. This learning can be taken into relationships in everyday life with family, friends and colleagues, and can enrich relationships which may have altered since being diagnosed.

Group members can come to feel understood and supported by others in the group and this can reduce stress and help develop inner resources which make their experience more bearable.

1-1 meetings with the group therapist prior to joining the group allow for any questions you may have to be explored, so that you and the therapist can work out together whether this is likely to be a helpful direction for you to take.

 

There is no charge for your sessions at The Harbour. However, we encourage people to make a donation towards the cost of sessions and this will be talked about with your counsellor at your first session

Interested in our services?

If you are interested in individual, couple or group therapy please contact us.