About Me

Dorothy Neal

Background and Experience

I am a qualified counsellor, specialising in women’s mental health and working from a broadly psychodynamic perspective.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their code of ethics. I receive regular supervision and undertake continuing professional development.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in various public and charity sector support roles. I began in the field of criminal justice, helping victims and witnesses of crime through the court process, before specialising in women’s wellbeing and safety. I worked for Women’s Aid for over 4 years, responding to calls on the National Domestic Violence Helpline, and was involved in the charity Self Injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women), on both their helpline and text and email service.

I have been a counsellor at Womankind - Bristol Women’s Therapy Centre for 6 years and have delivered time limited counselling for the NHS. I have worked with a diversity of women and a broad range of issues during this time.

Qualifications and Training

  • Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling, UWE (2014)
  • Transactional Analysis 101 (2013)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, UWE (2012)
  • Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts, Severnside Institute (2015)

I have also participated in regular professional development sessions on, for example, domestic violence, self-injury, dissociation, trauma and attachment.