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Psychotherapist and Counsellor: David Carvalho

Saturday appointments available

I offer my service as a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist and BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor.  I also practice as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner and Couple Counsellor.David Carvalho

In addition to my private practice, I work for the NHS, treating people with psychological difficulties such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety and specific phobias.

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).


I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and an associate member of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (BEFT).

Below is a summary of the approaches which underpin my practice, you may find these present in our therapy sessions together.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

My CBT practice is based on psychological therapies that have proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive disorders.  This means that during therapy we will explore how your thinking patterns, affect how you feel emotionally and behave, whilst working towards alternative ways to enable you to enhance your mood.  The overall aim is to facilitate you in becoming your own therapist.  This is achieved in a warm and empathic manner where I provide a safe non-judgmental atmosphere.  I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, taking the time to find the most helpful and effective way of working with you.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

I have clinical experience of using EMDR with complex problems.  EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of traumatic life experiences.  EMDR works directly on the brain where traumatic experiences are frozen and often inaccessible to the conscious mind. The ultimate aim of the treatment is to work through the suppressed distressful emotions linked with the traumatic experience and to dismantle and reconstruct the negative self-beliefs developed as a result of the traumatic experience.  In the case of a single trauma sustained in adulthood, there will be 1 or 2 assessment sessions, followed by 1 or 2 sessions discussing and preparing for EMDR treatment, followed by at least 2 or 3 treatment sessions.  The number of actual treatment sessions depends on the nature and number of distressing memories or complexity of the problem.

Couples Counselling

My work with couples focus on communication difficulties and intimacy issues within the relationship.  I provide a safe space where you can focus on your relationship and work together to find a way forward for yourselves.  With professional support, you can learn to communicate more clearly with each other, explore patterns in your relationship, shift blockages and try out new ways of being together.

My approach to couple counselling is focused on adult attachment and emotionally focused couple’s therapy (EFT).  EFT is a change process that facilitates movement from distress to recovery by transforming negative cycles of interaction into safe emotional connection between intimate partners.  Based on the science of emotions and attachment theory as well as humanistic and systemic theories, EFT has a high success rate in achieving secure, resilient relationships in couples and in helping people to flexibly manage their emotional experience


Training, Qualifications & Experience

During my training I undertook varied specialist placements working with childhood trauma, counselling services within university, statutory, voluntary and community based projects.  I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP, BABCP, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, Marriage Care and undertake ongoing

Continuing Professional Development.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Richman EMDR training. (Parts 1-3: fully approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E): University of Exeter

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): BABCP accredited: University of Exeter

Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BACP accredited): University of South Wales

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling ( BACP accredited):University of South Wales

BA (Hons) Community Justice/Diploma in Probation Studies: University of South Wales

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology: University of South Wales

Postgraduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (endorsed by BACP): Marriage care

Memberships and Insurance

BACP – 717193

BABCP – 130025

EMDR Ireland & UK – C0349

Holistic Insurance Services


The fee for ongoing appointments is £50 per session for individuals and £60 per session for couples/EMDR.  I work both short term and long term with clients.  Sessions are payable at the end of each session by cash or prior to sessions via bank transfer.

I offer a limited number of low cost sessions for those who are in receipt of benefits or earn under £16,000 annually.

Sessions take place on the same day and at the same time each week.  Sessions for individuals last for 50 minutes and for couples for 60 minutes.  Longer sessions can be arranged.

Cancellation Policy: Wherever possible I will try and accommodate requests to reschedule appointments.  However, the full fee will be charged for appointments that are cancelled less than 7 days before the appointment.

Contact Information:

Mobile:  07964 381 486



Counselling psychologist registered with HCPC and accredited by BPS: Dr Roberta Principi

Since 2006 I have been studying, training, and practising in counselling psychology, through a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Master’s degree in Health Psychology and Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.Roberta Principi

During these years I also trained and practised in different settings from Charities to the NHS’s primary and secondary care mental health services, using different theoretical frameworks and techniques including relational psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT.

Using an integrative approach, I draw my intervention from relational psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT models, according to the clients’ presenting issues and goals.
You might seek help for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, low mood, bereavement, eating and body weight problems, relational issues, feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life change situations (the list is not exhaustive).

Sometimes it could be difficult to identify a specific reason for seeking support. It might be a struggle to find a sense of meaning or a way through emotional pain.

I can offer my skills and experience in a safe a confidential non-judgemental space where you can feel free to express your thoughts, and feelings.

We all experience difficulties in our life that can have a negative impact on our quality of life and our wellbeing. Recognising and talking about difficult experiences is an important step towards changes and/or recovery.

Throughout the therapeutic collaborative relationship, we can work together to explore and understand personal difficulties in relation to your unique individual experience, to alleviate distress and enable you to find the way to overcome your issues.


Age: Adult (18+)

Other languages: Italian

Professional registrations:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered, as required by law to practice as a counselling psychologist.

British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered membership.

I conform to the Code and Ethics of the same professional bodies.


Tel. 07539709283


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Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Alex Moate

Alex Moate is an experienced Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, who is accredited with the BACP.

Counselling can provide you with much needed clarity when life seems full up, with no room leftAlex Moate to think. I provide a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to explore issues that you are facing, to look more closely at the impact that these are having in your life and to begin to gain new perspectives. As an integrative practitioner I am able to work flexibly with you, with my work being informed by different approaches including Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. This means that I am able to work in a way that will best suit your individual needs.

Issues I work with include lack of self-confidence, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, sexuality, gender and identity issues and traumatic events.

If you are having problems with low mood, social anxiety, worry, OCD or more generalised anxiety I also have specialist knowledge in working with adults and young people using low-intensity CBT. This can provide you, or your child, with the skills to challenge more negative ways of thinking and move forward with your goals.


I have worked within the NHS counselling members of staff, as a Counsellor and Low-intensity CBT therapist at Off the Record and most recently as a Counsellor at a Sixth Form College in Bristol. I have also worked in private practice for over 8 years as a Life Coach with adults and young people.

I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of South Wales and also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies Practice for Children, Young People and Families from the University of Exeter. I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of conduct.


Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £60. I also offer an initial consultation at a reduced cost of £40, which is a great time to see if counselling is for you and whether I work in a style that suits you

Please feel free to ring or email me for a chat and to ask any questions that you might have before booking an initial consultation.BACP logo


Tel: 07900998314


Therapeutic Counsellor: Paul Deaton

About me and my therapy practice

I have returned to face-to-face working; but also do work online sessions when that is more feasible.

I offer humanistic, psychodynamic based integrative therapy; informed by Gestalt practice and the relational approach, and embracing aspects of cognitive therapy working both in the short term, identifying specific problems or the longer term, which offers the chance, with support to make real changes.Paul Deaton

What does this mean practically? Principally, it means creating a safe setting where someone can begin to explore their own experiences and begin to work out what they feel and what they trust. Daily life is often a compromise that doesn’t give the space to explore our deepest feelings and therefore change for the better is more often than not, painfully, on hold.

Areas include depression, anxiety, illness, illness recovery, low self-esteem, relationship patterns, parental issues, addictions, bereavement and questions of meaning & purpose.

Practice description

Therapeutic Counselling

Sometimes we need help in our journeys to find out who we really are; we need a different perspective from friends and family, someone who is impartial, someone who can let us breath, who won’t react to what we say, won’t talk over us, and offer what ‘they think’ responses. Someone who can offer us a ‘confidential space’ that we can use with confidence; in busy daily lives this often feels lacking.

Counselling and therapy can offer this space to re-evaluate what is happening, what one wants, who one is and is a chance to talk about things that perhaps no else has properly listened to. Talking to someone in this way can make a real difference when we may have become stuck, directionless, depressed or caught in negative relationships or situations that seem beyond our control. It can help us understand where we are and what we really feel, but more importantly can help us work out where we need to go. Someone impartial can offer this exploration, change and permission.

I completed training at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, a course accredited by both BACP & UKCP qualifying in humanistic and integrative counselling (DipHIC, distinction, BCPC). This follows a life-long interest in people, their motivations and their relationships. I have a first class degree in psychology (Bath 2001), an MLiTT in creative writing (Glasgow, 2011) and two decades of experience in mental health, both the charity sector e.g. Mind, & Changes, Bristol but also in the NHS, working on acute mental health wards, and for the last four years counselling in addictions in Bristol. On top of counselling I facilitate groups, and also run creative writing workshops.

My first session

The First Step

The first session would be introductory (either online, face to face, or by phone); of 50 mins where you will be able to share what has been going on for you and maybe offer some goals you wish to achieve from the therapy. I will happily discuss the therapeutic process and try to answer any questions. This is a stand-alone meeting, where you can pause, reflect, and make the decision if you wish to start in therapy. If you decide you would wish to proceed then we would set up an on-going weekly appointment.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men’s issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person-centred, Phenomenological, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Organisations

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Fees: £50


0777 9539869

Psychotherapist (EMDR Consultant): Katie Egan

Psychology BSc (Hons); MSc Health Psychology; Post Graduate Diploma Psychological Therapies (CBT); EMDR (parts I, II & III).


Katie has worked in the NHS for over 15 years in adult mental health, including in secondary care and for an IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) service.  She currently provides psychotherapy and other psychological services e.g. consultancy & training, in a specialist mesh complications service and an acute hospital staff psychology service.

As an EMDR Consultant and accredited BABCP therapist, Katie supervises otherKatie Egan psychologists/psychotherapists.  Katie has experience in mental health research and has been involved in trials as a researcher, a co-applicant or as a principal investigator. She has also co-ordinated the  ‘Improvement & Innovation in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care’ Health Integration Team, funded by Bristol Health Partners.

Katie is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and is an EMDR Europe Accredited Clinical Supervisor/Consultant.

Therapeutic Approach

Katie draws on a range of evidence-based approaches tailored to meet the needs of the individuals she works with. She offers Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) ,  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focussed Therapy. Katie values a collaborative approach, facilitating increased self-awareness, as well as enabling clients to build on their own resources to enhance a positive sense of self.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Katie offers assessment and interventions for a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders. She has significant experience and expertise working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  As well as trauma, Katie also has a particular interest and experience in the area of clinical health psychology, including self-management and adjustment of surgery complications, long-term health conditions, especially chronic pain, fatigue and medically unexplained symptoms.

Katie offers private supervision including for therapists wanting to become EMDR / CBT accredited.


Drama and Internal Family Systems Psychotherapist: Rose Sadowski

At some point in life we all need some extra support. A non-judgemental space to feel seen and heard in our experience. Someone to walk alongside us on our journey who is separate from our everyday lives, offering professional guidance & reflection.

As a therapist, I aim to offer this in a way that feels congruent and helpful for you. I offer a space for you to process and understand your experience safely. When the world around us can often feel confusing and turbulent, the combination of psychotherapy and creativity can offer containment, insight and the potential for positive change.

Sometimes words are not enough. Drama Psychotherapy offers a chance to explore and express what words cannot, using all modes of creativity, and psychodynamic processes.

Internal Family Systems explores our inner world, and compassionately welcomes all parts of our experience.

It is a form of psychotherapy that supports exploration of our internal worlds, and focuses on a client’s internal “parts” and “Self.” The IFS model considers that we are all naturally made up of many ‘parts’ or sub-personalities, which have developed for us over time to serve us in different ways. These sub-personalities take on different roles, such as an inner critic or inner child, and consist of wounded parts and painful feelings. It is a deeply compassionate model of therapy, with the philosophy that there are no bad parts: All parts are welcome. In IFS my aim is to help clients access and strengthen their sense of Self, so that they can heal wounded parts and bring their emotional systems into balance and harmony.

I am also trained in MANTRA, a NICE guideline treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in adults.

I have extensive experience working with eating disorders, trauma, mental illness & life challenges.

It can feel daunting making initial contact with a potential therapist. But it is a vital first step to receiving help. I am warm & empathic, so please do not hesitate to get in touch when you feel ready. I also offer a free consultation session, for us to meet and for you to consider if I am the right therapist for you.



Mobile: 07968958928


Relationship Counsellor: Hannah Russell MNCPS (Acc.)

About Me

I am a Relate-trained counsellor with many years’ experience of offering relationship counselling to both individuals and couples. I have a private practice in Bristol seeing clients, both in person and online, during daytime office hours.Hannah Russell pic 21 September 2023 IMG_2673

My interest in counselling began many years ago when studying psychology as an undergraduate in Bradford. In 1994 I moved to Bristol where I trained and worked as a helpline volunteer for Womankind until 1996. In 2008/9, inspired by further study in psychology, I trained and worked with Relate as an adult relationship counsellor until 2013. During this time I also worked for a charity called School-Home Support where, in 2011, I qualified and worked as a casework supervisor across a number of primary and secondary schools in Bristol.

Over the course of the last 29 years I have held numerous roles across schools, the voluntary sector, local authorities and NHS and am passionate about improving outcomes for children and families. Having returned to Relate during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am now working solely in private practice.

About Relationship Counselling

There are many and varied reasons which lead people to seek relationship counselling and I have worked with individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds on a broad range of issues such as communication, bereavement, fertility, trust, intimacy, family issues – including parenting, step-families and extended families – infidelity, work, financial worries and separation and divorce.

Are you struggling to discuss important issues with your partner without an argument or do you disagree on how to parent your children? Are you finding it difficult to be intimate together or is work stress impacting upon your family life? Have you recently separated from your partner and would like to explore what went wrong or do you have difficulty in developing and sustaining intimate relationships?

I aim to provide a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential environment in which we can work together on the issues that are important to you, meeting your unique, individual needs.

I can offer short or longer-term counselling. In short term counselling we can focus on the more immediate issues you are experiencing in your day-to-day life whereas longer term work might allow a wider perspective on how your past experiences may be affecting your current difficulties. Length of counselling varies but six sessions is a helpful minimum.

Taking the first step in seeking support can feel daunting and I will do everything I can to help you to feel at ease.


Initial Consultation sessions are 50 minutes in length and charged at £65 for individuals and £85 for couples.

Should we agree to work together following the Initial Consultation, ongoing counselling appointments are also 50 minutes in length and charged at £65 per session for individual work and £85 for couple work.

Website and Contact Details



p: 07883 082046

Please note: I offer appointments from Monday through to Thursday during office hours. Unfortunately I am unable to offer appointments on Fridays, in the evenings or at weekends.

Hannah's NCPS logo May 2023Hanna's new Accredited logo May 2023



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.


Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £60.



I can also be found on Instagram under: markchildscounselling

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist: Hannah Lehrain


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.



Telephone: 07725 357 730


Intersectional Psychotherapist and Chartered Psychologist: 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 my evidence-based academic training an ongoing work 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

My intersectional approach means that I apply a holistic lens in my work. You can read more about it here. 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 training is Integrative, which allows me to be more flexible in how I work with you. There is not one particular discipline I follow at the exclusion of others, but I am guided by you and use my expertise and knowledge to find the best way for us to work together. 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; the complex ways in which they frame experiences and interactions, and the conflicts that can arise navigating spaces of belonging.

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

Find out more about my work by visiting my page