About us

The Service

We are located at 8 Osborne Villas, Bristol, BS2 8BP (precinct map)

This is a small terraced house, quiet and private, but on the main precinct in a central location.

Accessibility

Please let us know if you have access requirements. There is a small step on the threshold of the building and most appointments are on the first floor. If you have any problems climbing stairs, or use a wheelchair, we can make other arrangements.

Appointments

Appointments are offered at mutually convenient times, generally 09.00h-17.00h, including lunch hour and last for one hour.

If your first contact with us is by phone, you will be asked for your name and department. This information will only be passed to the Counsellor.

We aim to offer an appointment as soon as possible, but this depends on your availability and fluctuation in demand on the Service. We are not a crisis service, but will respond positively whenever possible, and if appropriate.

The University provides the Staff Counselling Service to support its staff as part of positiveworking@bristol. As the Service operates Monday to Friday between 09.00h and 17.00h it is accepted and understood that staff will attend during their working day. Managers recognise the value of their staff attending the service, and they will support their staff by releasing them to attend sessions during working hours, wherever possible.

Client Agreement

At your first appointment you will be asked to sign a copy of this agreement, and will have the opportunity to discuss it further.

Service counsellors

Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams is the Interim Director of the Staff Counselling Service.

A graduate in occupational psychology, Caroline has had a successful career in personnel management. Having obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Organisational Settings at the University of Bristol, Caroline has also undertaken further training in cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma and coaching. She has also trained as a counsellor and supervisor with Cruse bereavement care.

In her other roles Caroline is an organisational counsellor in the public sector. She also provides counselling, coaching, mediation and various other specialist support services to organisations. Caroline delivers stress management and trauma intervention programmes together with various skills training.


Kate Butler

Kate Butler

Kate is a part-time counsellor within the Staff Counselling Service. She previously worked for a GPs community practice, and private practice. Her training is as an integrative counsellor, drawing on a range of different approaches to enable her clients to tap into their strengths. Kate completed her post graduate training in counselling at the University of Bristol, and received further training in executive coaching and art therapy.

In her other role at the university as a staff development manager, Kate offers facilitation and leadership coaching. She is a Meyers Briggs Practitioner, and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has delivered programmes in career development, understanding personality difference and employability.


Amanda Haskayne

Amanda works as a part-time counsellor within the Staff Counselling Service


Vanessa Lathbury

Vanessa Lathbury is a part-time counsellor with the Staff Counselling Service. She is a Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Vanessa completed her post graduate training in Counselling - Organisational Settings at the University of Bristol. She has also trained as a Supervisor and Mindfulness practitioner.

In her other roles, Vanessa has worked in the public sector and in the field of addiction within the NHS/Criminal Justice Service, as well as having experience working as a specialist Counsellor in the field of stroke/brain injury.

Vanessa has experience in training and delivers psycho educational courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She currently facilitates the staff Breathing Space.


Sarah McCowen

Sarah is a part-time counsellor within the Staff Counselling Service.

In her other role at the university as a staff development manager, Sarah offers facilitation and leadership coaching.  She has delivered programmes in career development, understanding personality difference and employability.


Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins is a part-time counsellor within the Staff Counselling Service.

He is a Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  He has a background in the public sector, Local Government, training and education.  He is able to help with a wide range of concerns, he specialises in workplace issues, trauma and loss and working with men.

 He mainly uses cognitive psychotherapeutic methods but is also trained and experienced in EMDR and Solutions-Focused techniques.

 Peter has a wealth of experience stemming from many years of practice in a wide range of settings.


Emma Wilcox

Emma is a professionally qualified mental health nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working within the NHS.

Emma is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She is able to provide CBT for people experiencing depression and a wide range of anxiety disorders including specific phobias, PTSD, panic disorder, stress, OCD, social anxiety and health anxiety. Emma is particularly experienced in working with the psychological effects of physical illness.

In addition to her private practice work, Emma is currently employed by the NHS as a clinical nurse specialist. She is currently undergoing training in EMDR.