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Integrative Counsellor: Mark Childs

Life rarely follows the straightforward path we had hoped it would, and we can find ourselves in places we don’t recognise or discover that the path ahead delivers unexpected changes or challenges. These changes can often result in mixed feelings, some welcome and some hard to accept. Counselling can offer a space to come to terms with these changes and cope with the transitional stage we find ourselves in.Mark Childs pic

I am able to work through your existential or spiritual concerns, help you to understand previous events and difficulties from your life, or work towards a future goal. In order to do this, I draw from a variety of approaches and creative techniques to work as an integrative counsellor and this helps me to best meet the specific needs of the person I am working with. However, I believe that the therapeutic journey is a collaborative one. Therefore, in order to honour the uniqueness and autonomy of the client, I would aim to approach any difficulties and obstacles in a mutual, collaborative and interpersonal way. Using this approach allows me to respond to the person I am sitting with rather than applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to suit everyone. Nonetheless, although I believe that creating a relationship this way between counsellor and client is central to creating a safe, trusting and supportive space for personal exploration, please rest assured that you will always be placed at the centre of the work.

The therapeutic work can be open-ended or run through a fixed number of sessions, depending on your preference. Initially, the first session will be about exploring what has brought you to counselling and your current situation. Following this, sessions act as a way for me to get to know you and your story more deeply, creating the base from which the therapeutic journey progresses. Should this strike a chord with you, I would be happy to meet with you to review your individual needs about what you would like to gain from coming to therapy.

Contact:

markchildscounselling@gmail.com

07927276315

I can also be found on Instagram under: markchildscounselling

Integrative Counsellor: Miriam Beck

Miriam Beck March 2021Qualified as an integrative counsellor (Greenwich University, 2016), my training enables me to incorporate a number of approaches in to my practice. Sometimes, initially, it can help to simply talk to someone about what you are going through. I provide a safe environment for you to acknowledge how you really feel and be supported in it.

I have particular experience in helping clients understand their depression, anxiety and relationship problems enabling you to find meaning amidst the melancholy and re-frame your experience as a powerful catalyst for healing, growth and personal development. My approach allows for an earnest exploration of existential questions about life and relationships. I do not advise clients as to the best way forward; instead providing a safe space for personal reflection enabling you to find your own best way forward.

I have worked for a broad range of counselling organisations, counselling clients of all ages with a range of presenting issues. I have also worked as a support group facilitator and a specialist mentor.

Therapy is an unfolding process of exploring oneself in the context of a strong working relationship. An initial phone call (07977248409) or e-mail exchange (hello@eggtherapy.com) will allow you to tell me why you are considering counselling and ask me questions.

Should we then meet for an assessment the session will include the following:

  • Explanation of confidentiality and fees.
  • I will ask about any previous counselling you may have had and whether you found it helpful or not and why.
  • I will share some information about the way that I work and the counselling process.
  • Opportunity for you to ask further questions.
  • Conversation about what you are going through and what you would like to change.
  • At the end of the session we can reflect on how you found it and whether you think future sessions might be useful for you.
  • I charge for the first session – there is absolutely no obligation to continue therapy with me and you do not have to decide there and then.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to their ethical framework. I completed my training at Greenwich University.

Contact:

Mobile: 07977248409

Email: hello@eggtherapy.com

Website: www.eggtherapy.com

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist: Hannah Lehrain

Background

Hannah LehrainHannah is Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience working in both secondary and primary care mental health services. Hannah has been working with clients using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach since 2011. Alongside her private practice Hannah also works for a primary care NHS service offering CBT for adults with anxiety and depression.

Hannah is fully accredited with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP) demonstrating that she has met the minimum training standards required to provide a high standard of CBT under regular supervision. This also reflects her commitment to abide by the standards of conduct, performance and ethics as set by the BABCP and to access regular continued professional development.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Hannah works with adults suffering with a range of problems including:

  • Body Dysmorphia Disorder
  • Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (excessive worry), Health Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Anxiety, Stress

Hannah has a particular interest in working with both perinatal women and survivors of trauma. She has worked with single incident traumas such as sexual assault, traumatic births and road traffic accidents. She also has experience of working with multiple/complex trauma in refugee and asylum seeker populations and victims of childhood abuse.

Therapeutic Approach

Hannah primarily uses her expertise in CBT but also draws on elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy to help clients to draw on knowledge of themselves so that together they can develop a shared understanding of what is keeping the problem going.

Hannah is currently completing training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an evidenced based treatment for moderate-severe depression. IPT focuses on the interaction between depression symptoms and our relationships. IPT is particularly useful when depression is related to conflict with another person. When there is a life change that results in loss or change in how you see yourself and others. When you are finding it difficult to adjust to life after the death or loss of a significant person in your life. When there is a difficulty in starting and keeping relationships going.

Hannah’s approach is empathic and warmth whilst incorporating a sense of realism and professionalism that supports clients to explore new ways of thinking and behaving that will reduce distress and get the most from their therapy goals.

Contact:

 Email: CBTWestUK@gmail.com

Telephone: 07725 357 730

Website: www.hannahlehrain.com

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 Please note I am currently working both face-to-face and on line.

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