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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.

 

 

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.

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.