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Isla Macdonald

St Werburghs, Bristol, UK

  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Wholebody Focusing
  • Focusing Oriented counselling
  • Dreams
  • Inner relationship Focusing
  • Bodywork
  • NVC
  • Nature connection
  • Children Focusing


I have practiced Focusing for over 14 years and since qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with Re-vision

What services do I offer?

Counselling and psychotherapy, Focusing and parts work within this, with a whole body/process work angle. I am currently training in Wild therapy, taking the practice outdoors and stepping into a nature context. I love to work creatively with the whole being and body, mine and the client's, trusting our intuitive knowing and unfolding.

My background in Focusing

I started inadvertently 14 years ago on a silent retreat, discovering my inner critic was not so scary but a struggling 7 year old part of me who was exhausted and relieved something/someone else was prepared to take the lead. I have continued to practice, on courses, retreats and with weekly partners pretty regularly ever since. I completed initial weekends training with Fiona Parr, Practitioner with Peter Gill, Children Focusing with Rene, Treasure Maps with Anne and Barbara and Whole body Focusing with Kay Hoffman. It has changed my life and my relationship to myself and so enabled me to help others very effectively within therapy work. Drawing on Diamond Approach inner work I did with Catherine McGee for many years and blending it with what I learnt through Kay's and Rene's work in particular, I now like to practice and work physically and relationally, preferable outdoors! Helen Bower, Pernille Finnegan and I have also explored/created a form of Relational Focusing which is probably the most challenging practice I have yet found, I do it when and if I can.


Focusing Practitioner, Peter Gill
Children Focusing 9 day training, Rene Veugelers
Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling, Re-Vision
Treasure Maps, Anne and Barbara
Buddhist chaplaincy, Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Trust
Mindfulness training, Breathworks
Delivering teaching and training, City and Guilds
Diploma in palliative care, UWE
Registered general nurse, Westminster Hospital

How do I practice?

  • In person
  • Phone
  • Online

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