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Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist: Dr Nilu Ahmed

Hello, my name is Nilufar or Nilu (pr. Nee-loo) for short.

With over 20 years of experience working in mental health, I bring skills from a very evidence-based academic training as a psychologist, as well a real grounded approach from my work in the community engaging with people from all walks of life.Nilu Ahmed received August 2020

As well as my counselling and psychotherapy qualifications, I am an academic with a background and training in Psychology and Geography. It might seem like an odd mix, but essentially I am fascinated by the dynamic relationship between people and place – how does where we live (the place, the space, the people) make us who we are; and how do we, as individuals and communities (with our individual traits, our cultural frameworks, beliefs) transform spaces? I bring all this to my therapy work which is characterised by a passionate curiosity about people.

My approach is Integrative which means that there is not one particular discipline I follow at the exclusion of others, but rather it allows me to use my expertise and knowledge to be able to find the right way of working with you. What remains constant, regardless of style of counselling, is my absolute commitment to helping us create a space where you can feel comfortable and safe.

I work across many areas but have specific expertise in working with racial, cultural, and religious diversities and the complex ways in which that frames experiences and interactions. As a child of immigrants and the only person of colour on my training course, the sense of being out of place and experiences of racism are very familiar to me.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. Drop me an email at nilu@nilufarahmed.com and we can arrange to have an informal chat. If after that you feel you would like to meet, I offer a 25 minute session free of charge, which can become a full session if you choose.

This full first session is charged at £50, with subsequent sessions charged at the usual rate of £70 an hour.

 

 

Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Dr Janet Brandling MBACP

Sometimes life can be tough or messy and it helps to talk.

I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals who want to explore the way they are feeling and want to feel better. Examples of issues I can work with are relationships, with yourself and others, about work, current crises, health problems, pregnancy, parenting and caring, repetitive behaviour, bereavement and loss, stress, anxiety and depression.Janet Brandling website pic received August 2020

My approach is to work in partnership with you, to reflect on the past and how it is affecting the present. To think about what might of happened rather than what is wrong.

I work relationally, meaning we will have discussions and collaborate together.

If you would like to find out whether working with me feels right, get in touch for a discussion and an initial appointment. Together we can work out how to proceed.

My website is www.huttherapy.net

My email address is janet@huttherapy.net

Telephone 07517 4298852

 

 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapist – Ruth Pooley MA, MBAPC, BPC.

How can therapy help?

Therapy is a time and space in your week where you can talk to a professional about what is concerning you. If you are feeling low, anxious, or at a loss; if you are struggling with relationships and moods and would like to understand more about what is affecting you; if you feel like you don’t know what is wrong and you would like someone to talk to, I provide a kind, non-judgmental and confidential space for you to be able to voice and work through your thoughts, feelings and experiences.Ruth Pooley

About me

I am a qualified, experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist working with adults in open-ended talking therapy. My clinical experience covers working in particular with issues around anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationships, family, sexuality, and later life.

I understand it can be hard to make the first step: if you are thinking about having therapy or counselling and would like to know more about how I work and how therapy could work for you, you are welcome to contact me, in total confidence. We would usually have two initial meetings together, to explore whether the therapy will feel right for you, before beginning ongoing sessions.

I speak Spanish and French.

Contact:

07423 630886

ruthpooleypsychotherapy@gmail.com

Fees: £50 per initial consultation and per therapy session

 

 

The Harbour room refreshed!

We’ve recently finished updating the Harbour room. The sink and the tired tub chairs have gone and new chairs, pictures, and paint have given the room a clean and contemporary look but retained its confidential and comfortable character.Example of Emy Lou Holmes work

The new pictures – all of Bristol or its surrounds – are by local artist Emy Lou Holmes.Emily lives and works in Bristol. She creates illustrations of local towns and cities and retro-inspired images. The pictures reflect her interest in 60s & 70s aesthetics and she collects vintage fabrics and wallpapers to collage into her work.
We like the ‘local-ness’ of the pictures and the fact that they are somehow contemporary despite the retro inspiration.

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.

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 Stack

Therapy is about building an understanding of your unique experience of being human in a developing dialogue with someone who not only has the appropriate training, but perhaps as importantly, who is not a friend or family member. Often the responses we get from those around us to the things that trouble us are either to try to ‘fix’ things, or to tell us about their own experience. In therapy there is space for more focused attention on your experiences, and the possibility of deeper exploration and understanding of familiar patterns of thinking and feeling. This process can often lead us into new and more fulfilling ways of living, with more autonomy and more satisfying relationships.

I offer therapy in a safe and confidential space which is available weekly at the same time and in the same room. My approach to therapy is relational and my training is what is called ‘integrative’. This broadly refers to an approach to psychotherapy that incorporates ideas from several of the different traditional approaches to psychological thinking that have grown up over the past century or so. Rather than adhering to one ‘school’ of thought, I draw on ideas from several branches of psychology, principally from the psychodynamic, humanistic and developmental neuroscience fields, to inform the way I work with people.

Training and experience

I decided to train as a therapist having been really helped in my own therapy. 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 a registered Integrative Psychotherapist 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 eight years, and mostly offer medium to long term psychotherapy.

Other strands of professional work

Alongside my clinical work I have in the past been involved in teaching, training, and supervision in the Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy research field. I continue to supervise doctoral students’ research projects and sit on various assessment and examining boards for the DCPsych programme at Metanoia Institute in London.

As a result of experiences during my own research, I became interested in vicarious trauma in social science research, and I set up and ran workshops and discussion groups at Oxford University for a number of years for researchers to support them in recognizing and managing the impact of vicarious trauma.

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 working with people living vicariously with traumatic experience through their work, for example those in the medical, social work and care professions, and the police.

I also have an interest in major life transitions, which encompass 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 sexuality and transgender issues.

Practical details

Sessions are weekly and last for one hour. My session fee is £65 for daytime sessions and £75 for evening sessions after 6pm.

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

Email: camillastack@gmail.com

Tel: 07816 683 479