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Our sister practice upstairs

From the roof to Millenium Square

From the roof of the new rooms looking towards Millenium Square

In August 2018 Bristol’s planning department gave permission to use the top two floors in our building for counselling and psycho-therapeutic work. No. 3 Redcliffe Parade East is physically divided into two self-contained units and we have the downstairs two floors. The two upstairs floors will be a separate suite of 3 new counselling rooms and a waiting room and will bring a much needed resource to Redcliffe, the city centre, and southern Bristol.

The planning process has delayed commissioning the new rooms which has had a knock-on effect, but they should be operational in the New Year, providing counselling rooms and a space for small groups (CPD  etc).  We look forward to it.

Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist: Abigail Rogers

Hi, I’m Abi and I can help you achieve whatever you want or need in life, through Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy. I specialise in reducing anxiety, inspiring confidence and helping you unlock your inner resources to improve your mental & physical wellbeing.

Your Initial Consultation is free when you commit to a course of therapy, or I’m always happy to have an initial chat over the phone if you’d like more information about how hypnotherapy could help you.

Abigail RogersAbout Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a powerful, well researched combination of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy which works to overcome barriers in the subconscious mind, permanently and effectively.  It enables you to find new ways to move forward from even deeply rooted problems and worries, unlocking your own inner resources to provide solutions and reduce stress.

Within a few sessions clients find they feel calmer, more confident and more in control, and often notice unexpected benefits such as better sleep and wellbeing. We don’t dwell on the past – it’s all about moving forward at your own pace, to create the exciting new future you deserve! A course of therapy typically takes just 8-12 sessions, but can be more or less depending on your needs and circumstances.

I work with a huge range of mental & physical conditions: IBS, public speaking, anxiety, depression, motivation, OCD, insomnia, food issues, weight, pain management, fertility, smoking, addictions… the list goes on. I also have a special interest in Hypnobirthing and maternal mental wellbeing.

Training & Experience

I trained with renowned Clifton Practice in Bristol, and was awarded the DSFH and HPD diplomas. I am experienced in seeing clients with a wide range of aims and concerns, both mental & physical. I am fully insured, DBS checked and registered with the CNHC – the government’s voluntary register for complementary health professionals.

I am now studying for the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma and have recently completed the Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy to advance my skills, so I can also help people undergoing chemotherapy, clients with needle phobias, advanced pain management and palliative care.

Contact:

Abigail Rogers DSFH HPD AfSFH(reg) MNCH(reg) CNHC

07980 744 497

abigailrogerssfh@gmail.com

https://www.bristol-hypnotherapy.com/

Pablo Reina: Integrative Counsellor

Pablo Reina My aim is to help you explore any issues that interfere with your mental and emotional wellbeing, and to help you find your own resources to live the life you prefer.

I have always been very interested in understanding what makes people cope, heal and thrive. I know an essential part of the answer comes down to having an environment that supports self-reflection, self-regard and growth. I believe counselling can be that time and space we need to make sense of our experiences, to express ourselves, to explore what configures our identity, to clarify stressors and to update our goals and coping strategies.

I was born and raised in Spain, así que también ofrezco psicoterapia en Español; there I received my bachelor´s degree in Psychology. I continued Psychology studies in New York, USA where I was awarded an MA degree and worked providing counselling to individuals with all kinds of issues.

I have completed a level 5 Diploma in Integrative Counselling which has allowed me to learn and practise counselling with an emphasis on the humanistic approach. I also value and use other approaches (REBT, TA and solution-focused mainly), depending on the circumstances and on what my clients seem to respond to best.

I see counselling as the accompanied process of growth towards reaching one´s potential. It is my aim to make this process as safe and rewarding for you as possible.

Phone: 07960 093332

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); 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: Hourly and pro rata, based on IOBM guidelines, agreed between us.

  • Fees at different locations can vary
  • 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.

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.

We welcome Kaire Davidson to the Practice

Kaire DavidsonStarting in December, Kaire  will be building a solid foundation of experience as she complements her academic work and develops her client base as a student (thereby offering reduced rates).

Kaire’s early background is in media. A long time ago she was a fashion writer and later on she started using her skills in the charity sector. She’s deeply curious about what makes us who we are, and how we evolve and grow. As well as psychotherapy, Kaire’s involved in both teaching and practising yoga (see http://yogawithkaire.com/) and will, one day, work with people in different ways on a full-time basis. She loves the outdoors – walking, running, snowboarding and cycling. She believes that there is a better, fuller way of living for all of us, which is healthier, more mindful and more environmentally aware. This way of living involves fewer material wants and emphasizes more time for valuable relationships and the community.