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New rooms above the old

The new rooms in our sister practice in the top half of the house are now complete and, just like  the rooms downstairs, are already providing a credible, professional and attractive place for our practitioners and their clients to engage.

There are three new talking rooms and another room set aside for therapists to use as a common room.

The new skylight, specially commissioned to provide a colourful and varied light, sheds a warm glow over the top landing.

Soundproofing has been a big investment but is working well; even the new fire doors have a special sound proofing bar that descends below the door and into the threshold as the door shuts. Silent sweep clocks and a double door finish off our attempts to make the rooms as conducive as we can…

 

The Bridge Room

The Sitting Room

The Ash Tree Room

Our newest neighbours

Julie Gresty used her photography skills to capture this charming picture of a male blue tit feeding a female in the garden as she (hopefully) incubates a clutch of eggs. Blue tits apparently lay a large number of eggs, possibly as many as eleven or twelve so we’re looking forward to seeing the young birds soon.

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Katherine Peckitt

Katherine PeckittI use a wide range of psychological therapies to help people make sense of and find a way through emotional and physical distress. I believe that helpful therapy reconnects people with their own strengths and resources. The approaches that I might include in my work are:

  • Psychodynamic therapy, an approach which considers early childhood and care giving experiences and how these influence current relationships with self and others
  • Narrative therapy, as a way to think about which stories have become a way of expressing someone’s identity and how these have become obstacles in their life
  • Systemic therapy, as an approach to think about family relationships and the roles of each family member in this system
  • Social inequalities, as a way of thinking about socio-economic factors, like money, education, ethnicity and how these impact on people’s health and well-being
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy, to identify the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Consequently I am an integrative practitioner which means that after the initial consultation, I tailor psychological interventions to people’s personal circumstances.

I have a special interest in offering psychological interventions for physical health conditions, such as living with a cancer diagnosis, chronic pain conditions, medically unexplained symptoms, weight management, readjustments following surgery or physical trauma. There are a wide range of therapy approaches that can improve the quality of people’s life and well-being. These can be structured approaches, primarily based on cognitive behavioural approaches, like Acceptance Commitment Therapy or Compassionate Mind Therapy.

I have focused my research on young people’s experiences of stress and mental health in both secondary schools and at University. I have also published my research on the application of psychological formulations in teams working for the National Health Services.

As part of my training, I have completed a degree in Psychology (BSc(Hons)) and doctorate training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych). I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and my registration number is PYL35259.

Contact

Mobile: 07786254389 or

Email: Katherine.peckitt@gmail.com

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.

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

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 £50 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.

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.