About me

My background

Peter Appleton, proprietor of Bristol Talking Therapies I am an experienced therapist and qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist (DSFH, HPD, AfSFH, MNCH reg.) and counsellor (Diploma in Counselling). I am am an accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS accred.). I worked in the NHS for 34 years as a Registered Nurse and have gained a wealth of experience and skills working with people helping them face a spectrum of challenges, including eating disorders, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, depression and anxiety management.

My qualifications

Qualifying as a professional counsellor in 1997 - integrative model - I have favoured a person centred approach to therapy. However, the diversity of challenges and needs in my client group has led me into further training in a variety of other approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy and systemic Family Therapy. I strongly believe in adapting the therapy to the person.

I worked as specialist in an NHS eating disorder service for 14 years and have an Advanced Diploma in Mental Health Studies (eating disorders) 2004. I have acted as a supervisor and advisor to mental health professionals within the NHS and GP's. I have lectured regularly at the University of the West of England, and at numerous other venues around the country.

I now offer specialist training to counsellors and psychotherapists in and around the Bristol Area.

I qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in 2014 and am now teaching with Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training - specialising on helping people with eating problems (for example binge eating). I have developed an interest in working with stress related conditions such as phobias and post traumatic stress.

I have a strong commitment to ongoing professional development, have regular supervision and hold appropriate insurance.

I am a qualified Shiatsu Practitioner (1992) but no longer practice. However, this has continued to inform my holistic approach within talking therapies.