Verna Milligan

Bristol City BS82UN English
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Verna Milligan

Bristol City BS82UN English
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My Approach

My approach is humanistic and integrative. The humanistic element means that I hold the belief that my clients are the experts in their own lives and my role is to understand the world in the ways they experience it. Therefore, I am accepting and supportive of them while staying true to my own thoughts and feelings. My approach is also integrative, in that I draw on a range of theories within the field of psychotherapy to see if they have any relevance to my client’s narrative. These things said, I work alongside my clients, supporting them to understand the meaning of their experiences and feelings, to regain perspective as well as to reconnect to a sense of their own agency, and being alive to the world.

Whether it is an individual's experience of relationships, anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, parenting, or loss in its varying forms, that prompts them to explore therapy, I can provide therapeutic support. Sometimes it might be hard to find a name or the words to describe what it is that we are feeling – and that is fine, my approach can work with that too. I start wherever you are, with whatever you bring.

Developing a collaborative relationship with my clients is central to the way I work, and this is especially important as research has shown that a good therapist-client relationship is more effective than the method or technique used by the therapist.

I am committed to maintaining high professional standards. I adhere to both UKCP and BCPC's established standards of professional practice, codes of ethics, continuing professional development, and complaints and conduct processes.

About Me

I am a qualified psychotherapist, registered with UKCP, based in Bristol, working in person and online. Before training as a Psychotherapist, I worked for over thirty years in the field of social care, both within the voluntary and statutory sectors. My work experience spans working within Community Mental Health Teams, managing residential and day care settings, Mental Health Advocacy and Advice, and commissioning services for older people, disabled people, and people with mental health support needs. I have also worked within universities as a Research Associate on projects looking at the development of adoption support services and respite care services for disabled people. I am therefore able to bring a wealth of wider life and work experience to the therapeutic setting.

Currently, I run my own private practice, working with people who have a range of issues and problems.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Bristol City Office

Bristol City BS82UN
United Kingdom (UK)

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£45 (I offer concessions to those on low income - don't be afraid to ask)

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

Verna Milligan

Bristol City BS82UN

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