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Wilhelmina Van Vuuren
Psychologist in Clifton - Registered 8+ Years

Registered Psychologist Wilhelmina Van Vuuren
Full address provided upon booking, Alma Vale Road
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  • Individual £65 - 55 minutes
47% of enquirers became verified clients

Working Hours

  • Wednesdays
    9am - 5pm
  • Thursdays
    2pm - 9pm
  • Fridays
    9am - 12pm

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress


  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • PruHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA

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8+ Years Post-Registration Experience

Hello. I'm Wilhelmina Van Vuuren. I'm a registered counselling psychologist - I help individuals with their emotional health. I have private and public sector experience as a counselling psychologist. My focus includes depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the particular problems encountered by men and women.

What to Expect

A preliminary assessment meeting allows you to see if you are comfortable with me, share what worries you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and determine if therapy may help you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange an introductory assessment meeting in Clifton, Bristol.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT centres on your reactions to your feelings. It fosters your toleration of your physical sensations. Acceptance and commitment therapy aims to help you dedicate yourself to useful action.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

(7 Reviews)
CBT concentrates on how your thoughts (cognitions) affect your emotions and actions. It identifies and addresses unhelpful ideas which maintain the problems you encounter. The objective of CBT is for you to have healthier thoughts and feelings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates CBT for bipolar disorder, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


(1 Review)
Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You determine what issue regarding your early years or adulthood you explore. An aim of counselling is to enable you to talk about a difficulty and discover a solution which is appropriate for you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR guides your eye motions to stimulate how your brain processes information. The technique attempts to reprocess your locked distressing memories. The aim of EMDR is to desensitise your painful memories.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends eye movement desensitisation reprocessing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


(1 Review)
Psychology is interested in you and your mind, emotions and behaviour. It offers you psychological interventions and mental wellbeing support. The intention of psychological therapies is to help you alleviate symptoms.

Thoughts on Mental Health

CBT is a form of psychological therapy, where much focus is on your thoughts, or your 'cognitive processes', and your behaviours. The aim of CBT is to alter your emotional states by making changes to how you process events and information and how you behave, through the help of a solid therapeutic relationship. A therapist will develop a shared understanding with you about how GAD is affecting you, and help you develop strategies based on this understanding, to manage your worries and symptoms. People often have positive or negative underlying beliefs about worry, e.g. 'worry prepares me', or 'worry is uncontrollable or dangerous', which can in turn perpetuate the worry. The NICE guidelines recommend that therapy will usually last for 12-15 weekly sessions. You can expect to manage your anxiety better and hopefully to have achieved the personal goals that you will have discussed with your therapist at the start. A chartered counselling or clinical psychologist will be able to provide CBT for GAD, or an experienced therapist with training in GAD.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
A number of issues can bring on panic, such as severe stress or pressure, or feeling you are unable to cope with your circumstances. Relationship difficulties where you feel trapped or unsafe, physically or emotionally, or controlled, can bring on panic, and a feeling of not being able to get things 'right' continually, or being unable to please a partner can also contribute to panic symptoms.
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that was pioneered in the US in the 1960s and has become increasingly popular, mostly due to research evidence suggesting the efficacy of treatment. The focus of therapy will be on the here and now once therapy is under way, and sessions are fairly structured in comparison to counselling. The therapy focuses much on how you think and behave, and there is an additional focus on skills acquisition through homework. NICE recommends on average 16-20 sessions with a follow up. Following therapy, you can expect to be able to manage your mood and regulate your emotions better, and recognise important triggers that cause day-to-day difficulties and the onset of your episodes. You need to ensure that you receive therapy from an experienced and chartered psychologist or, if another type of therapist, someone who is accredited with a professional body and has had training and experience in treating bipolar disorder. You may also need medication depending on the severity of the illness and your risk level, which you can discuss with your GP or psychologist.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for bipolar disorder
Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, and ensure you get enough exercise and sleep. Make sure you don't engage in too much unhelpful behaviour, such as procrastination; seek support where necessary; use skills such as problem solving; and maintain a healthy self-esteem.
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Mental health difficulties have always been with us. Well known and gifted contributors to society have suffered with various mental health problems. From Churchill's 'black dog', to modern day examples such as Ruby Wax disclosing her difficulties, mental health has always been part of our society. There are countless examples in the research about gifted scientists, world leaders, and artists who had mental health problems. Mental health, and ill-health, exists on a continuum, on which we can all vary from day to day. We all know what a 'blue' Monday feels like. If this increases in severity and starts to stretch over a longer period, we start to move into the depression range of the continuum, for example. Feeling excitable and confident is something we may all experience from time to time and would count this as good or normal. Yet, should we then become somewhat reckless due to our confidence, spend most of our money and struggle to judge risk, we may be moving into the bipolar/mania sphere. Yet, we can all relate to what feeling confident and energised feels like. All mental health disorders relate to what we already are familiar with - our characteristics, personality and emotions, it just ends up being a matter of severity.
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Qualifications Timeline

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness Training (UK)
Bridging the Research-Practice Gap - Complex PTSD Presentations Following Adult Trauma
Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (UK)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
University of Reading (UK)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Alexandra Richman (UK)
Graduate Degree
Counselling Psychology
University of the Orange Free State (South Africa)

Wilhelmina abides by the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Verified RSCPP Client Reviews

Wilhelmina Van Vuuren has 9 Reviews (4.93 out of 5 stars)
By Rating:
5 stars: (7)
4 stars: (2)
3 star: (0)
2 star: (0)
1 star: (0)
By Issue:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): (5)
Depression: (2)
Bereavement: (1)
Relationship Problems: (1)
By Therapy Service:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): (7)
Psychology: (1)
Counselling: (1)

Abigail, 27 from Bristol, gave a review after 20 sessions

03 April 2018

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"I'd never had therapy before, so had no prior expectations. She was reassuring and listened very carefully. Over the few weeks I saw her I felt as though she understood me on a personal level, she created an atmosphere of trust and I felt as though she genuinely wanted to help and was invested in progress for my situation. She has a very kind, warm presence. I also felt completely at ease with her, perhaps partly because she's also female. I'd recommend her very highly."

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Layla, 36 from Bristol, gave a review after 15 sessions

11 February 2018

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"These sessions were my first experience of any kind of counselling or therapy, and I found Wilhelmina (Marga) to be very warm, understanding and supportive from the start. My main issues were around anxiety, depression and low self-esteem (which had been an issue throughout my life) but the breakdown of a long term relationship had made these issues significantly worse and in need to find some form of help. Marga was fantastic, and through a mix of CBT, a focus on compassion and counselling (and also an adoption of mindfulness) the 8 months of sessions helped me establish coping mechanisms, and ultimately start to understand myself and my issues - resulting in feeling that I am in more control of my issues (and better equipped to identify when my anxiety levels are rising, and therefore do something about it). She very much made me feel at ease throughout those 8 months, and as a result I am happy to say I feel in a much better place. I would highly recommend Marga."

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Justin, 36 from Bristol, gave a review after 16 sessions

02 September 2017

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"I have just finished seeing Marga for an anxiety condition that had been dogging me for a few years. I saw two CBT therapists before Marga, before making my mind up that she was the one I felt most at ease with. From my first session she was lovely, very easy for me to unload what was on my mind, she never judged me and gave me some really good advice going forward. They say time is a healer and I spent a year and a half in CBT and genuinely feel with time and a good counsellor I have come out the other end. I feel happy with little to no anxiety and I certainly don't need medication any longer. Marga I would like to say thank you for your time and for your advice and for your shoulder, you have been wonderful for me. Many thanks again JC :)"

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Anonymous, 27, gave a review after 6 sessions

03 August 2017

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"Marga was welcoming and made me feel very comfortable talking about difficult subjects. She made an effort to understand how I felt and then tailored the sessions for my specific needs. I found the sessions very helpful and would have continued going if I had not moved away."

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Anonymous, 38 from Bristol, gave a review after 8 sessions

04 April 2017

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"I was quite dubious about therapy, but Marga easily put me at ease. She is incredibly thoughtful and supportive and guided my thoughts sensitively yet authoritatively. I cannot recommend her more highly."

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Anonymous, 30 from Bristol, gave a review after 15 sessions

07 February 2017

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"Marga is very mellow, warm and makes you feel completely at ease. At times it felt like a conversation with a friend who genuinely cares about your wellbeing. She'll lead the conversation where necessary, but allows you the space to come to your own realisations. Marga helped me address many of the issues I was facing, and I'm very glad to have spent some time with her."

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Simon, 71 from Bristol, gave a review after 14 sessions

26 January 2017

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"Mature, experienced, understanding and helpfully analytical of the circumstances and causes of my worrying and anxiety. Practical and helpful in terms of advice and in offering techniques and strategies for managing my anxiety. She has been very helpful to me in introducing me to the concepts of mindfulness and to the practice of this and particularly helpful in giving me details of mindfulness practitioners. She was very helpful in advising me as to the choice of options in this respect and in making a plan involving mindfulness training and other occupations to help address my anxiety. In short a good and wise counsellor."

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Piera, 30 from Bristol, gave a review after 11 sessions

18 May 2016

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"Marga has been my therapist for almost a year now. She has managed to help me in a way that no other professional has helped me in the past. She is very honest from the beginning of therapy about what you are dealing with. She was open to not using medication when we first met and reassessing the situation as the therapy progressed. She is very trustworthy and has made me open up about my personal life from the first session. She patiently waits for you to understand what are the main issues in your life are and how you wish to face them. She is not judgmental and supports all your thoughts and feelings. She has helped me overcome bereavement and depression that I was dealing with on and off for over a decade. She has supported me with my move to a new country, being in full time employment and dealing with a toddler. She has also helped me deal with issues I had in my marriage and also letting go of a past relationship. She has been my rock in Bristol and I'm forever grateful!"

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Rachel, 53 from Bristol, gave a review after 10 sessions

16 April 2015

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"Marga is a warm and empathic therapist who gently encourages you to realise where your problems lie and then helps you to find ways to cope with or resolve your problems. You always feel supported and valued and you feel you can be yourself, totally honest and open about any of your issues without being judged. Marga has helped me to look at myself and my life in a different and better light. I miss our sessions."

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Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Clifton, Tyndalls Park, Redland, Durdham Park, St. Augustines, Hotwells, Stoke Bishop, Kingsdown, Cotham, Sneyd Park, Bristol, Broadmead, Leigh Woods, Montpelier, Westbury Park, Southville, St. Andrews, Bishopston, Ashton Gate, Redcliffe

Nearest Train Stations

  • Clifton Down (0.2 miles)
  • Redland (0.8 miles)
  • Bristol Temple Meads (0.8 miles)
  • Montpelier (1.2 miles)
  • Bedminster (1.8 miles)
  • Sea Mills (1.9 miles)
  • Stapleton Road (2.1 miles)
  • Parson Street (2.1 miles)
  • Lawrence Hill (2.2 miles)
  • Shirehampton (3.2 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

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Consulting Room of Bristol Registered Psychologist Wilhelmina Van Vuuren

Updated 13 May 2018

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