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Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor: Pavla Radostova

Pavla Radostova - Counselling and TherapyIf you are reading this you are most likely in a difficult life situation, feeling in pain or distressed. Or maybe there are issues and areas in your life that you would wish to change and develop. You have just made your first step towards that change now.

Reaching out for help can be difficult and daunting, as can be coming for counselling. I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you can explore what the next steps in your journey will be and how we can undertake them together.

I work in an integrative way which means that I can offer a range of styles and techniques. Some clients I see enjoy finding out about how our psyche works and applying that to their experiences, some clients just prefer to talk. Some of my clients find it difficult to talk about feelings and their experiences, and then we can use creative and imaginative techniques.

I have experience supporting my clients through short-term, goal-oriented work; and through long term work reaching more in-depth, and looking at psyche as a whole.

I would invite you to get in touch to arrange an initial meeting where we can discuss all your questions and concerns.

I look forward to meeting you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Qualified Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor, BACP Accredited Course.
  • Registered Member of BACP.
  • Master’s degree in psychology from Masaryk University.
  • Continuous professional training in psychotherapy.

Fees

£40 per session. Each session is 50 minutes long.

I have a limited number of discount rate spaces available for those on low incomes, students and counselling students in training.

Further information

I currently have some available spaces in daytime and evenings.

Contact

radostovapavla@gmail.com
http://www.pavlaradostovatherapy.co.uk
Tel. 07492 749399

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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Solution-Focused Hypnotherapist: Sarah Mortimer

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapist: Sarah MortimerI am a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist. I studied at the prestigious Clifton Practice in Bristol 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.

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. Solution Focused 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!

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 Licentiate Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), one of the main professional bodies for hypnotherapy in the UK.

I offer a free initial consultation which lasts 50 minutes, 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. 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

Integrative Counsellor: Olivia Needham

Integrative Counsellor: Olivia NeedhamI am a BACP accredited counsellor with twelve years experience.

I have practised as a counsellor in a GP practice, Employee Assistance Programs and private practice. I have also recently started as a volunteer counsellor for Place2be counselling children in a school setting. I am also working towards a qualification in counselling children and young people.

i have worked with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship problems, work related problems, sexuality and low self esteem and confidence.

I work in a person centred way – believing that the individual has the resources to help themselves with some guidance. I also use some elements of Mindfulness, CBT and Solution focused methods when relevant and appropriate to the individuals needs.

I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for clients to explore and gain perspective on their issues. This enables them to find ways of making positive changes so they can move forward and lead more fulfilling lives.

I provide short and long term counselling.

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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

Addiction Counsellor, Sober Coach & Companion: Sarah Walsh

Addiction counsellor, sober coach & companion: Sarah WalshI specialise in counselling people who have concerns around their own or another’s alcohol consumption, drug use or other compulsive behaviours such as obsessive internet use and gambling.

I have over 15 years of sustained sobriety from alcohol and abstinence from drugs, having overcome 20 years of alcohol and drug misuse. Prior to working in addiction and mental health, I was involved in theatre, music and film in both New York City and England. I now live in the UK with my husband and Bob the dog.

I hold a BSc Honours Degree in Addiction Counselling and am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am an accredited drug and alcohol practitioner and member of The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP). I also work for The Care Quality Commission as a specialist mental health and addiction advisor. I am fully insured, enhanced DBS checked and happy to provide proof of qualifications and documents upon request. Please see my website for more details: www.bristoladdictioncounselling.co.uk

Some people come to me wanting to control their behavior, while others may want to achieve or maintain abstinence.

I have a particular interest in working with individuals who feel alcohol or drug use is now their main ‘hobby’ or ‘activity’ outside working hours, and are concerned about the effect this may be having on their life.

I also provide a bespoke discreet international sober coach and sober companion service.
Whatever your personal situation, I can support you in making practical changes straight away.

Please feel free to email me on: bristolac@outlook.com and I will get in touch shortly.

You can also ring or text me on the mobile number below but if you prefer not to text or leave a message, please try ringing between 9-10.30 am UK time, as I aim to reserve this time for enquiries, otherwise ring and leave a message on 07854752749 and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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