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Counsellor: Noémia Ventura Purcell. MBACP (FdSc in Counselling)

Naemia pic August 2017My counselling approach is collaborative, which helps individuals with a range of issues such as pre- and post-natal depression, stress and anxiety, loss and grief, life transitions, trauma, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and low self-esteem. As a person-centred counsellor my role is not to direct, instruct, or give advice. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner selves and their feelings in order to help them achieve personal growth.

I offer long and short-term individual counselling in central Bristol in either English or Portuguese. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I was trained as a person-centred counsellor (FdSc in Counselling) which means that I use a humanistic approach. During my sessions I may sometimes use some elements of Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) when relevant and appropriate to an individual’s needs.

At your first session we will talk about the reasons why you are interested in therapy and what you hope to gain from it. We will also agree how we are going to work together. This agreement will be in writing and is known as a therapeutic contract, which will simply sets out the duration and the dates of the sessions as well as my fees. It will also include my guarantee of confidentiality.

At present I am available at The Harbourside Practice on Wednesdays from 14.00 until 18.00. Each counselling session will be 50 minutes long.

I completed my counselling training at The University Centre at City of Bristol College in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, and I achieved a Foundation Degree in Counselling. I am a member of BACP, and I have regular supervision as required by BACP. I am also fully insured.

I come from a background of more than twenty years in the caring professions, but I have also provided telephone counselling for women who self-harm, whilst working as a volunteer for Bristol Crisis Service for Women (BCSW), a nationwide service that provides telephone help for women in distress. I supported by listening and understanding clients’ issues and supported them in finding ways through their difficulties.

I have also worked for Changes Bristol, as a volunteer coordinator, supporting people with mental health issues by leading a weekly support group.

More recently, I worked for almost two years as a volunteer counsellor for Mothers for Mothers, a local charity in Bristol that supports women with Post-Natal Depression. I have also completed a course in Mindfulness for Stress.

You can contact me on either:

07724 152136 or by email at noemiapurcell@gmail.com

Biodynamic Therapist: Laura Irvine BA, FIOBM

Laura is a Licensed Biodynamic Psychotherapist and Biodynamic Massage Therapist.

Laura Irvine Jan 2017She is a Fellow of the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine, (IOBM), is listed on the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Therapeutic Massage): and has been practising in the biodynamic field for over 20 years. Laura’s practice at The Harbourside Practice is Registered as a Biodynamic Clinic, and she benefits from the ongoing support and supervision of the IOBM –  www.biodynamic.org
Laura trained and qualified with IOBM under the supervision and direction of Founder and Principal Mary Molloy. She has a degree in Psychology from Balliol College, Oxford University and has also worked in the media, research, community development and mental health fields.

I am privileged to work in the field of Biodynamic Psychology which is designed to bring us back to our most essential feelings, supporting us to face our difficulties and to reconnect with our selves.

I am resolute that you find what is best for you in your life, and I aim to meet you in a real place where you can be fully yourself.

The biodynamic approach supports you to remember and re-connect with your essential flow, to consciously value the self you come to know here, to rediscover or find new ways to remain true to your self and to connect back to the world from there.

Biodynamic Psychology

Biodynamic Psychology and its related therapies were established over 50 years ago by Clinical Psychologist, Gerda Boyesen (1922-2005) and have been developed since 1989 by the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine.

A distinguishing aspect of Gerda Boyesen’s work was the discovery that the brain-gut axis is the regulator of nervousness and energy in the body; and that our innate human survival responses – the ‘fight and flight’ and ‘freeze’ mechanisms – if not deactivated after an event that is perceived as dangerous – can remain permanently active (or inactive) and adversely affect our emotional and physical wellbeing.

By adding bodywork and gentle, effective and targeted biodynamic massage to the talking therapies and more traditional psychotherapy and psychology, this holistic healing approach can not only ease your mind and clear your head (via the glymphatic system) – it also works to relieve muscular and nervous tension and eliminate biochemical stress products stored in your body.

Guided by your deepest bio-feedback responses, which the therapist tunes into by awareness of your breathing and by listening to your abdominal sounds through a loudspeaker stethoscope placed on your abdomen during treatment, we work systematically to restore the workings of this innate healing mechanism in the body.

“There is an innate healing mechanism in the body which dissolves nervous tension in the muscles and resolves emotional and psychological conflict on the unconscious and organic level.” Gerda Boyesen

The range of biodynamic therapies are designed to ‘find the key’ to reset the function of our ‘innate healing mechanism’ and to restore a person to their natural, exuberant, spontaneous self.

This restoration process reconnects you to what is known in Biodynamic Psychology as the ‘Primary Personality’ – your vibrant core self, ready, willing and able to meet life’s challenges – and clears the pathways to enable you to reach your potential and live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Once our survival instincts are re-engaged, a natural progression of healing and wellbeing can unfold. An initial treatment option of 6 to 10 sessions (or hours) can support this process and determine if you would like to work in a longer term biodynamic contract.

Services at The Harbourside Practice

  • Consultation and first treatment – allow 2 hours (1.5 hours fee)
  • On-going Regular Sessions – 2 hours, scheduled fortnightly.

Other Services – available by arrangement

  • Day Programme – 5 hours (2 x 2.5 hours am and pm plus lunch 1 hour) in one day
  • Biodynamic Residential Retreat Programme – A series of 6, 10 or 20 hour sessions over a concentrated period of 2-5 days, in a specially chosen residential venue – a substantial programme with space and time to really benefit.

Fees: £60 per hour and pro rata

  • Fees at alternative venues may differ
  • Residential Programmes priced individually to suit your needs
  • Concessions and Gift Vouchers are available

Contact: For further information or to book a session with Laura:

Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 169237

Email: laurairvine100@gmail.com

Web: www.bristolbiodynamic.co.uk

 

 

 

Integrative Counsellor and Trauma Specialist: Sophie Bayley

Sophie BayleyI am a registered and professional counsellor with many years’ experience supporting people with a variety of different issues through training, workshops, consultancy and counselling.

I provide a warm, welcoming and confidential space. My hope is to create a space of trust and safety for you to look at the issues you need to bring. We start where you want to start.

My aim is to work alongside you and to be someone to listen to what is going on for you; I am non-judgemental and accepting of any issue you bring.

As a counsellor my role is not to find the answers for you as I fully believe we have the answers within ourselves but may need support to find them.

I have a Counselling Diploma in Professional Studies from the University of the West of England and have trained with trauma specialist Babette Rothschild.

​I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework and am fully insured.

As well as my private practice I work at the Southmead Project and at www.pennybrohn.org.uk

My being there with you can help to support you on your journey of self-discovery and awareness. Sometimes this can be challenging and you may need direction with this.

I am happy to work with the many different parts of each of our selves, the shadow and the light, and welcome them into the therapy room!

I charge £45 for a 50 minute session and am open to discussing discounts.

To find out more visit my website or call me on 07342 288 183.

Person-centred Counsellor: Emma Duncan

Emma DuncanI’ve always been one of those people that others just talk to. I have heard the life story of people at bus stops and on planes, in the line at the bank – all sorts. Maybe I just have one of those faces, or maybe people need someone to talk to who they are never going to see again, or who isn’t part of their life. That’s the beauty of counselling. It is a safe and non-judgmental space where you can share your story, make sense of the pain, say things you might not feel able to say elsewhere.

I work from a person-centred perspective – believing that each of us know ourselves better than anyone else and can find the resources in ourselves to shape our lives for the better. I also use psychodynamic principles, looking to the past for patterns and truths that we may have absorbed, to try and help clients make sense of their story in a new light.

About me

I am originally from Northern Ireland, but have lived in Bristol since I was 19, moving over as a student. I fell in love with the vibrant community feel of the city, and the eclectic population! I consider myself to be a spiritual being as well as physical and emotional and count all of these aspects as important parts of my self.

I have an MSc in Counselling from the University of Bristol. I am also a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their ethical standards and practices.

Contact

If you would like to enquire about sessions please contact me at:

emmaduncan25@gmail.com

Relational Psychodynamic Counsellor: Sophie Pickering

Relational psychodynamic counselling for individuals

Counselling, for me, is the creation of a trusting and authentic relationship where comfort and ease can be experienced, fears can be explored and brought into awareness safely, and clarity Sophie Pickering August 2016can be sought through confusion and pain. There are many reasons why people seek counselling and your reasons will be unique. Perhaps you have experienced a distressing event or perhaps you feel you cannot manage your emotions or feel your life is out of control. Counselling offers the opportunity to find clarity, acceptance and experience change and transformation.

Counselling sessions can be both reassuring and challenging. I can offer comfort and support whilst also helping you to gently face difficult feelings and realities. This process requires work and investment on both sides. I have years of experience working short term (6 to 24 sessions) with specific goals and long-term with those who want to explore things in more depth.

I trained at UWE, the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Karuna Institute in Devon and have been working therapeutically with individuals and families for over 10 years. I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of conduct. I charge £45 for a 50 minute session. Please check my website or contact me for further information.

Sophie Pickering
07929 571979

pickersop@gmail.com
sophiepickering.com

Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist: Dr Camilla Stack

Camilla StackTherapy is about building an understanding of your unique experience of being human in a developing dialogue with a professional. It happens in a safe and confidential space which is available at the same time and place, usually weekly.

My approach to therapy is relational and integrative. ‘Integrative’ broadly refers to an approach to psychotherapy that incorporates ideas from several of the different traditional approaches to psychological therapy that have grown up over the past century or so, rather than adhering to one ‘school’ of thought. I draw on ideas from the three main branches of psychological thinking, namely psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioural, to inform the way I work.

Training and experience

I trained at Metanoia Institute in London on their Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, which is accredited by Middlesex University.

I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various short and long term therapeutic settings over the years, including a student counselling service, a women’s counselling centre and a drug and alcohol addiction recovery service. I have been working in private practice for the past few years and specialize in long term psychotherapy.

Other strands of professional work

Alongside my clinical work I am also involved in teaching, training, and supervision in the Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy research field. I am a Module Leader and tutor at Metanoia Institute in London and teach practitioner research on their Counselling Psychology doctoral training programme. I also supervise doctoral students’ research projects and sit on various assessment and examining boards for the programme.

I have also run workshops and discussion groups at Oxford University on the management of vicarious trauma for researchers in the social sciences.

Research and areas of specialisation

My doctoral research focused on the narratives of ex-military members of their experiences of psychological therapy. I have a broad interest in working with people who have spent long stretches of their lives in institutional settings such as boarding school, the armed forces, and religious communities.

I also have an interest in major life transitions, which encompass both life stages like having a baby, children leaving home, bereavement or retirement, and major psychological transitions such as the desire to separate from a particular community, culture, religion or world view, and the transgender experience.

Finally I have an interest in the area of vicarious trauma that can be suffered by social science researchers, humanitarian aid workers, (para)medics and police.

Practical details

Sessions are weekly and last for one hour. I currently have availability on weekdays. My session fee is £65.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an initial session, or if you have any other queries. My contact details are below.

Email: camillastack@gmail.com

Tel: 07816 683 479

Speaking in tongues…

Languages picWith Pablo Reina soon to be joining the Practice we now have five languages other than English that are available for those people who feel more comfortable conversing in their native language.

Working in the native tongue is obviously an advantage because a second language (pretty much no matter how fluent) represents an obstruction that has to be overcome and when it comes to communicating, especially in a therapeutic setting, the easier, the more fluent and therefore more direct the process is, the better the understanding. And it’s not just the language that facilitates the exchange; native language sits within a shared cultural background which includes much more than a common and familiar knowledge of a country and background. Gesture and all the other subtle non-verbal aspects of communication flourish between native speakers so the process is simply that much more fluent.

So who speaks what at the Practice?

Bulgarian: Milena Nikolova, mainly working with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and of course counselling.

Czech: Pavla Radostova, mainly working in an integrative way which means that she offers a range of styles and techniques.

French: Jessica Wallace, a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Transpersonal approach

German (and Spanish): Claudia Schmidt, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working with individuals and couples

Polish: Renata Königsman, using an Integrative approach but mainly using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Spanish: Pablo Reina: counselling with a humanistic approach; about to complete a diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Integrative Counsellor: Martin Head

Martin Head May 2016Acknowledging that we are in need of counsellor can be quite a step, particularly as many of us value our ability to work things out for ourselves. Close friends, partners and family can be so helpful but sometimes even they cannot give us what we really need.

It may be separation or loss that has brought us to this point. Perhaps you are suffering from depression, anxiety or some kind of addictive behaviour or it could be more a vague sense of dissatisfaction and a desire for a greater sense of meaning that is the source of your discomfort. Whatever the issue, counselling with a skilled therapist can guide you through periods of difficulty and change towards a deeper understanding of yourself.

My style is Integrative, drawing on most traditions and focussing particularly on modern Jungian approaches and Psychosynthesis (which attempts to reconcile different aspects of our personalities). It’s also soulful which means seeing painful experiences, difficulties and suffering not just as things to get over but also as significant in forming character, wisdom and self-acceptance. It’s paradoxical but in order to really change we need to fully accept ourselves as we are.

My approach is also informed by mindfulness meditation which I have been practising for nearly 20 years and I have led retreats and workshops since 2006. I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds and value and respect difference and diversity.

Contact:

  • 07896 123473
  • southwestcounselling@icloud.com
  • http://devonandexetercounselling.co.uk/

 

Counsellor – Lisa Drake, Dip Couns, BA (Hons)

Lisa Drake December 2015Change is part of life.  But at times it can feel like it takes over the whole of life.

Just as a train passing through a junction can shake and wobble until it gets back on track, so it can be with us when we reach challenging points in our life.  ‘Marker’ events such as ill health, redundancy, a relationship ending or a bereavement, and life stages such as reaching adulthood or the menopause may trigger painful or confusing feelings we can find it hard to cope with on our own.

If you’re reading this, then you are probably feeling the need to talk to someone outside of your day-to-day life.  You may want to find clarity amongst an overwhelming mix of emotions. Or you may be finding it hard to function and want to work out ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, grief or troubling thoughts which are dominating your life.

About Me

I am a fully qualified counsellor, holding a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, working in the field of change and loss.  As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I abide by their code of ethics.

I have worked for over five years with Cruse Bereavement Care supporting bereaved clients and I provide counselling for people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at Weston General Hospital.

I also currently teach counselling skills at a further education level.

How I Work

I work in a person-centred way, which means that counselling goes at your pace, whether that’s a one-off or having a number of sessions .

I integrate a number of different approaches, including mindfulness and cognitive techniques, to provide you with a safe and confidential space to explore your individual route through your transitions to a happier and healthier time.

Each session lasts 50 minutes and costs £40, although I have some concessionary spaces available so please feel free to ask about those.

How to contact me

Please phone me on 07901 986628 or email transitioncounselling@mail.com to have an initial chat.

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