Dawn Challoner

Dawn Challoner

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS2
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

What can I bring to counselling?

You might be feeling lost, overwhelmed, sad, fearful, anxious, angry.

You could have an idea of what you want to talk about, or simply not know where to start.

Recent bereavement, work related stress, relationship issues, low mood, worries, anxiety, a health condition or ill health of others, can all impact our ability to get on with and enjoy life.

You may have been considering issues for longer. Identity, loneliness, loss, self-esteem, ageing or changing life stages, sexuality, gender identity or unexpressed grief, can all affect us even if we’ve not yet acknowledged them.

What to expect from me

Warmly supportive, open, professional and empathic, I provide space to explore what's going on in your life, helping make sense of your thoughts, feelings and actions.

Sometimes this includes us examining your past, and how this might be impacting you now, or moving forward.

What happens?

From a private therapy room in central Bristol, I offer weekly, daytime and evening appointments and I enjoy working both short-term and long-term.

Together, in a confidential setting, we’ll explore and make sense of things you might not want or feel able to share elsewhere.

I’m able to cherry pick from different therapeutic approaches and models to suit your needs. The pace at which things unfold is up to you.

You may take away ideas to reflect on or try between sessions, or simply leave the things you talk about there, to pick up again each week.

We might use creative techniques: pens and paper, stones and other objects can help capture or represent your thoughts, or explore things in a different way.

What won’t happen?

Counselling isn’t about telling you what to do. You won’t be given answers and I won’t judge you, your thoughts, or how you live your life.

My first session

Finding a counsellor you're comfortable working with can seem overwhelming.

Book an initial session with me to explore this: ask questions, see the space we'd be meeting in, and understand more about the counselling process before committing.

Together we'll explore what you're hoping to get from counselling, and you’ll have the chance to tell me – confidentially - a little more about yourself.

We'll also discuss timings and frequency of sessions and look to come up with something that suits us both.

There is no obligation on you after this first session, and you might find it a useful ‘taster’ as to whether you feel you would like to work with me.

If I feel unable to help, or we can't make the timings work, I’ll let you know and suggest alternatives that may be more appropriate.

This initial session lasts up to fifty minutes and costs just £25.

Right now, of course, social distancing means that meeting up in person for counselling isn't possible. So we'd hold this first session - and subsequent sessions, until restrictions are lifted - by phone or video call.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Health related issues, Identity issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy


Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited