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Psychotherapist in Training: Gary Morter

Gary is a senior student of Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute. As a senior student of psychotherapy he is able to offer weekly sessions at reduced rates.

What is Core Process Psychotherapy?

Core Process Psychotherapy is a mindfulness based therapy that combines the wisdom of

Gary Morter

Buddhist and Western psychology. Buddhist psychology offers insight into how and and why we suffer and how we might reduce suffering. Core Process Psychotherapy integrates this ancient Buddhist wisdom into a human-centred therapeutic practice. The therapist and client share a joint enquiry into what might be obstructing the innate wisdom that we all share.

What does a session look like?

Sessions last one hour and we meet on a weekly basis.The therapeutic process is shared in an environment of safe, attentive and respectful listening. Here we can start paying attention to the patterns of thought, stories and imprints that exist below our everyday awareness.

Through a shared therapeutic enquiry we experience how these qualities keep us trapped and limit our possibilities. The conditioning from early life and from traumatic adult experiences lives in us in our everyday lives. We may experience this through a range of symptoms such as: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, life-changes, lack of meaning, low-self esteem, grief and feelings of intense loneliness. All of you is welcome in the therapeutic space. The sessions are an opportunity for you to be seen, heard and deeply supported.

Mindful awareness can gently build the capacity to allow kind attention into the areas of our being that we might habitually turn away from or even treat unkindly. We share a journey of changing the relationship to early life conditioning within our present, moment-to-moment, experience. The inherent health that exists at the core of our being can then be reclaimed and qualities like joy, ease and freedom become more available to us.


The material shared in therapeutic sessions is done so in the strictest confidence. More details of the ethical code by which Core Process Psychotherapists work can be found here: Karuna ethical code

The first and follow-up sessions

The initial meeting is offered free of charge. This allows you to meet with me and find out if Core Process Psychotherapy is the right therapy for you. After the initial meeting I offer six sessions followed by a review.

Depending on what you are bringing and how you wish to work we may then continue with the process and review after a 6 month period. All my work is supported through regular supervision with an accredited and experienced supervisor.

Contact me: 07835 055 922

If you would like to see if I am the right therapist for you, please contact me for more information and a free initial meeting.

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.


Mobile: 07786254389 or


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

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.


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.