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Dawn McHale
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Dawn McHale

Dawn McHale is an Integrative Therapist who has been working at Priory since November 2019. She has provided therapeutic sessions at Priory Hospital Bristol and is currently based at Priory Wellbeing Centre Bristol, working with adults, children, and young people.

She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


  • Cruse Bereavement Care Counselling Training 1996, Cruse Bristol
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Supervision Training 2005, Cruse Bristol
  • Motivational Interviewing Training 2015, Wales       
  • Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training 2015, Mind Bristol
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People 2017, Place2Be Wales
  • Self-Compassion Counselling Skills with Children and Young People 2018, Relate Wiltshire and Somerset
  • LGBTQ Children and Young People 2018, Relate Wiltshire and Somerset

Research interests

  • Dawn McHale is particularly interested in creative arts in approaches to therapy


  • English
  • Welsh (not fluent)
  • British Sign Language (Level 1)


I provide a creative and integrated approach tailoring the service to meet the unique needs of clients of all ages. With a wealth of experience and training in offering up-to-date, evidence-based care, I also regularly seek feedback from clients throughout therapy to ensure good practice and that I am seeking to achieve the best possible outcome for every individual.

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  • Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy 2006
  • Diploma in Couple Counselling 2013
  • Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (Distinction) 2008
  • Diploma in Play Therapy 2019
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic) 2001
  • MA in Counselling (consultative supervision) 2012
  • MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes 2017
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People 2011
  • Practitioner Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2014
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