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Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Dr Rick Budd

Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Dr Rick BuddDr Budd has over 20 years experience as a clinical psychologist. He currently works in full-time private practice, providing: therapy for a broad range of mental health problems (e.g. PTSD, depression, etc.) and personality disorders; training and consultation on case formulation and risk assessment; clinical supervision; expert evidence in civil, family and criminal law cases.

During his professional practice, Dr Budd has worked in a variety of settings, including: a third sector organisation which supports homeless individuals and families; community mental health teams; low/medium secure psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric intensive care units; family intervention teams and psychiatric day hospitals. These roles have involved Dr Budd in providing assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health problems, including PTSD, anxiety, depression and phobias.

Dr Budd has prepared over five hundred medico-legal reports relating to personal injury claims, family proceedings and criminal matters and is trained in the use of the HCR-20, SVR-20, WAIS and WMS tests. He has attended training on Court Skills and report writing. As part of his ongoing CPD he has attended training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Mindfulness Based CBT, EMDR, Trauma Focussed CBT, Motivational Interviewing, etc.

Dr Budd has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and presented papers at academic conferences. He has developed a number of widely used psychometric tests (e.g. the 15FQ+, the Jung Type Indicator, etc.) and has full enhanced CRB clearance.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Assessment of adults in personal injury cases:
      • Post traumatic stress disorder
      • Phobias
      • Anxiety and depression
      • Road traffic accidents
      • Industrial accidents
      • Criminal injuries
    • Assessment and treatment of:
        • Adult mental health problems, including: Schizophrenia, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety
        • Personality Disorder
        • Drug and Alcohol Problems

Contact:

Rick Budd, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS. Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Chartered Psychologist (BPS), visiting lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Mobile 07903113163

Email: rick.budd@hotmail.co.uk

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT): Jane Gowland

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT): Jane GowlandJane is the Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Dynamic You CBT Clinics in Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol.

Clinical Experience:
Jane has over 15 years experience working within Psychology services.  She has previously worked extensively in NHS in posts at primary care and specialist levels across the UK since undertaking specialist clinical training as a CBT Therapist.

Currently she practices privately as a CBT Therapist and also supervises other clinicians across the country.  Jane’s clinical interests include working with common emotional health problems including depression, anxiety and relationship problems together with difficulties associated with Adult ADHD. She also has specialist experience in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma.

Jane is Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at our West Country clinics and is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Clinical Qualifications:
PgDip, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Accredited CBT Therapist.

Contact

Counsellor: Rachel Rodgers

Rachel RodgersI offer confidential counselling for people with a range of issues and life experiences.

Maybe it’s your current situation that is troubling you, or something that happened to you a long time ago. I believe that talking things through and being listened to non-judgmentally can bring about positive change at any age.

Counselling is normally once a week and each session lasts 50 minutes. Some people find that a few sessions are enough; others prefer to continue for longer.

About me
I am a trained and qualified counsellor and I work with people from all cultural backgrounds. I am a volunteer counsellor with Cruse (Bereavement Agency) in Bristol and provide counselling sessions for people in their own homes.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Counselling (University of the West of England) – Accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Certificate in Counselling (University of the West of England)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of London, Institute of Education)
  • BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences (University College London)

Professional Membership
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and follow their ethical framework.
I am a member of CAPPP (Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Private Practice)

Counselling Approach
I use a person-centred relational approach.
The open and trusting relationship that we form is central to this approach.

Many people have never experienced being accepted for who they really are. They find themselves fitting in around other people’s view of how they should feel, think and act. In person-centred counselling, each person is accepted non-judgementally as a unique individual with their own way of looking at and experiencing the world.

With me you can talk openly about how you really feel and know that you will be heard, valued and taken seriously. My role is to understand your experiences from your perspective without judging you or your feelings or thoughts.

Whatever your age or the stage you are at in your life, this can greatly improve feelings of self-worth and open up whole new worlds of hope and possibility.

Contact
Please phone me on 07591 911 491
or email me at rachel@oaktreebristol.co.uk to find out more or to arrange to meet me.

My website is www.oaktreebristol.co.uk

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Clinical Hypnotherapist: Sarah Mortimer

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I studied at two prestigious hypnotherapy colleges – The Clifton Practice in Bristol and The Anglo European School of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth where I gained a Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (DHP). I have a thirst for knowledge so I enjoy attending courses to further my practice. My most recent line of interest has been in Insomnia and sleep disturbances, something we have all experienced at some point in our lives.Sarah Mortimer June 2017

I became interested in hypnotherapy while studying at university, to help with anxiety leading up to exams. I was amazed at how effective it was at reducing stress levels and helping me think clearer which is so important during examination time.

After leaving University, I decided to retrain in Complementary Therapies and then later I went on to train in Hypnotherapy. I have now been working in the area of anxiety and stress management for 9 years, one of the key areas I am very passionate about.

I really enjoy using hypnotherapy with my clients and they are often amazed at how quickly they can turn their life around with the techniques I use. Hypnotherapy is a very positive, forward-thinking therapy and looks at ways in which to overcome a problem without having to delve in to the past and all the bad things that have happened – a much more mentally healthy approach to moving forward in your life!

Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and I will teach you a number of techniques which you can use in between sessions and thereafter to help put you in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

I have successfully helped many people with a wide variety of issues including stress management; anxiety and panic attacks; phobias; depression; insomnia; pain management; smoking cessation; and more.

I am a fully insured Accredited Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), one of the main professional bodies for hypnotherapy in the UK.

I offer a 50-minute initial consultation, to give my clients the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions they might have and discuss their situation more fully. During this session, I also explain in detail how the brain works, how we create anxiety, about thought processes and patterns of behaviour and how hypnotherapy can help. I will also teach you a simple and effective way to go in to hypnosis to familiarise you with the process and that you can then use to form the basis of your own self-hypnosis practice. My clients also receive a free 30 minute guided relaxation / self-hypnosis audio track.

To book your free initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you.

call 07851 307 062 or

email enquiries@sarahmortimerhypnotherapy.co.uk.

More details on the issues I work with can be found on my website at www.bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Becky Watkins

Background

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Becky WatkinsBecky qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2006. She has a number of years’ experience of working with people living with the difficulties that can arise as a result of chronic illness. For example, she has worked with people who have chronic pain, itchy skin and other forms of discomfort as well as those living with visible difference and appearance concerns. She is also experienced in using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and working with trauma and its implications for mental health, managing anxiety and other mood states. She has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults.

Therapeutic Approach

Becky uses multi-perspective psychological formulation to guide her assessment and therapy. She has an integrative approach to therapy which draws on a variety of perspectives, including EMDR, cognitive behavioral approaches and mindfulness practice. She is passionate about encouraging people to reconnect with their resources and cultivate a positive relationship with themselves.

Qualifications: EMDR levels 1-4, DClinPsych, MSc Health Psychology, BSc Psychology (hons)

Professional Registrations or Membership: BPS, HCPC, Member of EMDR Assoc

Psychologist/CBT therapist – Renata Königsman

Renata KonigsmanPsychologist (MSc.), Counsellor (PgDipCouns), Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist (PgDipCBT)

I have been working as a psychologist/psychotherapist in private practice, delivering psychological help to the Polish people in Bristol since June 2005.

I graduated from the Institute of Psychology of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland (MSc. Health Psychology).

As a bilingual therapist I work with both Polish and English speaking clients. Apart from private practice I also work as a psychotherapist in the NHS.

I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CBT Pathway) at the University of Wales in Newport and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy at the University in Exeter.

I have been working therapeutically using an Integrative approach but mainly using Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I offer a professional therapeutic relationship, where clients can explore issues and difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Areas of psychological help include:

  • Adult Mental Health Care
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Physical Health Problems
  • PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep Problems
  • Trauma

I’m a member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and I’m currently working towards accreditation from BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).

Contact

Tel: 079 6262 0011
E-mail: renata.konigsman@gmail.com
www.polski-psycholog-bristol.co.uk

Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Peter Walker

Peter WalkerDr Walker provides therapeutic interventions for adults and children with a range of mental health difficulties, including Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr Walker became an Associate Member of the British Psychological Society in 2012 and he is registered with the Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.

Individualised treatments

A key aspect of Clinical Psychology is the training across a range of psychological theories and their research bases. Clinical Psychologists are trained in the principles and applications of clinical approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Family Systemic approaches as well as Developmental and Social Psychology and Neuropsychology. As such, Clinical Psychologists are able to assess a wide range of distressing difficulties and importantly, they are able to consider the key factors that underpin the difficulties.

Picking the right treatment

Such factors might range from the subtle effects of a brain injury to the beliefs held by a family, or from the active imagination typical of middle childhood to issues that are currently outside the client’s awareness. With this range of knowledge to draw from, Clinical Psychologists are well suited to provide treatments that address the most relevant factors for the client and that meet their needs as an individual. All interventions are delivered with clear and realistic goals, a shared formulation and regular reviews to ensure a collaborative approach to treatment.

While many people with psychological difficulties recover spontaneously with time, relying on their own coping strategies and the support of those around them, for many there is a need for professional therapeutic intervention. There is a full range of approaches and theoretical backgrounds behind psychological therapies and some of these are explained below. However, at the core of all psychological therapies, and indeed to all services I provide, are the core principles of respect, compassion, clear shared goals, and collaboration.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) involves the collaborative and systematic evaluation and modification of the unhelpful thinking styles that can underpin many distressing emotional conditions. While one’s emotional responses are often viewed as an inevitable reaction to the current set of circumstances, the appraisal of the situation (i.e. the thinking) is often the bridge between situation and emotion. Thus identification and adaptation of the thought content (e.g. a belief that one is a selfish person) and the thought processes (e.g. a tendency to dismiss evidence to suggest that one is actually a caring person) can be effective in altering the thinking that triggers low mood and other emotionally distressing states.

At the heart of CBT is the premise that therapist and client are working as a team to objectively investigate the thinking and behaviour patterns underlying distress and to arrive at a joint understanding of the types of previous experiences that led to the development of these patterns. From these efforts, a working formulation is achieved from which treatment goals are negotiated. CBT comprises several techniques to address unhelpful beliefs such as recording of thoughts, evaluating the evidence for and against the beliefs and imagery exercises. In addition, there is a strong emphasis upon the client and therapist team setting behavioural experiments in order to test the accuracy of previously held beliefs and expectations.

Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychological intervention for trauma and other psychological conditions, including anxieties and complex grief. The intervention works on the premise that traumatic incidents are thought to be stored in the brain in isolated networks. Through the process of intrusive activations of these disturbing memories and then the subsequent avoidance of them, the traumatic memory networks are believed to remain isolated. In this way, people are typically left with a sense that the traumatic event is ever present and not in the past and that the traumatic event has usually left an altered and negative belief that they hold about themselves (e.g. “I am vulnerable”).

EMDR helps the individual to process the traumatic memories within a safe context. Eye movements are typically created by asking the client to follow the therapist’s hand, which moves from one side of their visual field to the other. Alternatively, bilateral movements (i.e. left to right to left etc.) are employed through hand tapping or other forms of stimulation that the client prefers. These movements are believed to work by keeping the client’s attention with both the traumatic memories and the safety of the present. In addition, the bilateral stimulation is believed to speed up the effective processing of traumatic memories.

Through this process, the client engages in a natural healing process in which the isolated memory becomes integrated with healthy aspects of the client. New perspectives and meanings often occur such as the spontaneous recollection of positive memories of the trauma (e.g. when help arrived or recalling a brave action) and shifts in the negative beliefs that have developed (e.g. from ‘I am vulnerable’ to ‘I am strong’). Often, EMDR helps people to fully feel that the trauma was something that, while very unpleasant, is in the past and is no longer part of their life.

Contact:

Peter Walker

www.compass-psychological.co.uk

pwalker@com-psy.co.uk

Tel. 0117 344 5101

Counsellor and Psychotherapist- Julia Gresty

Julia is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist accredited and registered with UKCP.

Counselling and Psychotherapy - Julia GrestyI am grateful and honoured to have been able to support and guide many people’s therapeutic journeys over a twenty five year period. The way I work has grown and evolved over the years. What I have found to be essentially important is to be warm- hearted and have a deep respect for the humanity, culture and individual health and suffering of each client.

I now practice a gentle yet powerful mindfulness based therapy (Core-Process) which brings awareness to thoughts feelings and sensations in the mind/body allowing change to happen in the present.

I am happy to work both, short term and long term with people in crisis or seeking personal/creative development.

I particularly enjoy working with both people who are considering entering their first counselling or therapy experience and are particularly nervous or ambivalent and with people, counsellors or therapists who may have experienced and valued many years of counselling/ therapy and want to re-enter and deepen their journey.

I have a special interest in developing Integral Psychotherapy and a Postmodern daily spiritual practice called ‘Integral Life Practice’ based on Ken Wilber’s work at the Integral Institute.

I also offer supervision of counsellors, psychotherapists, complementary therapists, and non- managerial supervision for people working in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

For an initial free introductory session, contact Julia on 0117 9637285 or email her at

grestyjulia@gmail.com.

Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Jeanette Howlett

Jeanette Howlett, BA (Hons), Post Grad Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred) UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.
Counsellor and Psychotherapist Working with Individuals, Couples and Groups

What is Counselling and how can it help?

There are times when we can feel overwhelmed with life’s difficulties. Counselling can offer us a place to talk with someone who is outside our circle of family, friends and colleagues, in a private and confidential setting. When it seems like life is a maze, counselling offers the opportunity to reflect on, and explore our problems; it finds a pathway through the maze, achieving clarify and leading to a better life satisfaction.

Counsellors are trained to listen to you, to empathise and understand your life experiences as you see them. A counsellor will respond honestly to the issues you bring, without judging you. The relationship with your counsellor is based on a development of mutual trust, which enables you to feel safe enough to explore what can often be difficult issues.

Your counsellor will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you. Instead they will act as a ‘sounding board’, helping you to gain a clearer picture of your situation. They will offer you support so that you can decide on the changes you want to make.

About Myself

Jeanette Howlett, BA (Hons), Post Grad Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred) UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.I trained as a Person Centred/Humanistic Counsellor at the University of Brighton and qualified in 2000.

I am a Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I became an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2006 and have also trained as a Group facilitator and Couples/Relationship Counsellor.

My practice is integrative having its foundation in my Person Centred/Humanistic training and I offer a warm, empathic and safe space for you to explore the issues you bring to counselling. I offer both long term and short term Counselling.

Since 2007 I have worked extensively with Employee Assistance Programmes providing short term counselling and using Solution Focused Brief Therapy and CBT techniques. I also trained and worked at Cruse as a Bereavement Counsellor and in an Alcohol and Substance Use Service in Sussex and have many years experience of working with people with long-term illness and disability and their family carers.

Prior to becoming a full time counsellor I worked for 30 years in Third Sector Legal and Welfare Advice Agencies and Social Care Organisations supporting a wide range of people facing life changing events and circumstances. I fully am committed to valuing and respecting difference and diversity and respect the variety of human experience and culture.

Areas of work I have experience in include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Illness and Disability
  • Family Carers
  • Family and Relationships
  • Couples and Relationship Counselling
  • Personal Development
  • Domestic Violence
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Loss of direction and purpose or dissatisfaction with life
  • Sexuality and Sexual Identify
  • Problems at work
  • Work stress
  • Redundancy
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Sexual assault and abuse

The first Step

Jeanette Howlett's logoJeanettehowlett@aol.com
If you think counselling is for you contact me on 07789 773995 or email me at
We can then arrange an appointment time to meet. At this appointment we will talk about what brings you to counselling and whether counselling would be helpful to you. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask me questions.

We would usually meet weekly. Counselling can be short term, for a few weeks, or longer. If we decide to work together we will agree an initial number of sessions. Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes.

Code of Ethics

I am an Accredited Member of BACP and abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework and a Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

Accredited Member of BACP

Clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist: Dr Joanne Weston

Clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist: Dr Joanne WestonDr Joanne Weston is a clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and holds chartered status and Associate Fellowship with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She offers psychological therapy, clinical supervision and also provides medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases.

I offer evidence-based assessment and psychological therapy to adults with a wide range of issues. I am trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and person-centred approaches. I have also done additional training in areas such as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy. Having this range of models to draw on, as well as a wealth of psychological knowledge, enables me to adapt my interventions to meet people’s varying needs. I would describe myself as an integrative practitioner.

I offer therapeutic work for emotional and mental health difficulties experienced during adulthood and into older age. These can include:

  • Anxiety and panic
  • Stress (including work-related stress)
  • Depression and low mood
  • Low self-confidence and low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Adjustment issues (e.g. due to illness, life changes, relationship break-ups)
  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)

Working with people who are experiencing problems that many of us face during our lives, whether that is anxiety, low mood, bereavement, specific phobias (such as flying) or generally struggling to cope with life’s demands and questions such as “Who am I? Who do I want to be?” is something that I find fulfilling. To help someone to understand and find ways to take control of their past, present and future is a rewarding aspect of my work.

Work philosophy:

I believe that every person is unique and needs an individual therapy plan which is tailored to fit with their specific situation – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. An essential first step of any therapy is for the client and therapist to work together to get a good understanding of the problem and then explore how the person can reach their goals using therapeutic approaches that resonate with their values, beliefs and ways of thinking. I see my job as helping to empower and provide people with the support, tools and framework that they need to address their difficulties. I offer short-term and longer-term therapy.

Therapy offers many opportunities for personal growth but it also requires hard work and the courage to talk about things that you might never have told anyone before. I believe that all therapy needs to take place within a respectful, trusting, safe, confidential and containing therapeutic relationship. It is only when we feel unconditionally supported that we can allow ourselves to take risks and move forward with our lives.

Other services:

I also offer clinical supervision and provide medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases (I have undertaken Bond Solon Expert Witness training).

Contact me:

If you would like to discuss any of my services or whether therapy could be suitable for you, please get in touch. I offer a free mini-consultation of up to 15 minutes over the telephone.