Therapists

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

 

 

Psychotherapist: Katie Egan

Background

Katie has worked in the NHS for over 10 years in adult mental health, including in secondary Katie Egancare and for an IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) service.  She currently provides psychotherapy in a specialist pain management service and provides therapy for NHS staff.  Katie supervises other 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 Practitioner.

Therapeutic Approach

Katie provides therapy & supervision sessions face-to-face or virtually.

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 long-term health conditions, especially chronic pain, fatigue and medically unexplained symptoms.

Qualifications

  • BABCP accredited; EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
  • Psychology BSc (Hons); MSc Health Psychology; Post Graduate Diploma Psychological Therapies (CBT); EMDR (parts I, II & III).

Contact

katie3gan@gmail.com

katieegan.uk

 

 

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

Integrative Counsellor and Trauma Specialist: Sophie Bayley

Sophie BayleyPlease note that due to the pandemic I am currently only working with clients on-line.

I 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.

Clinical Hypnotherapist: Sarah Mortimer

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I studied at two prestigious hypnotherapy colleges – The Clifton Practice in Bristol and The Anglo European School of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth where I gained a Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (DHP). I have a thirst for knowledge so I enjoy attending courses to further my practice. My most recent line of interest has been in Insomnia and sleep disturbances, something we have all experienced at some point in our lives.Sarah Mortimer June 2017

I became interested in hypnotherapy while studying at university, to help with anxiety leading up to exams. I was amazed at how effective it was at reducing stress levels and helping me think clearer which is so important during examination time.

After leaving University, I decided to retrain in Complementary Therapies and then later I went on to train in Hypnotherapy. I have now been working in the area of anxiety and stress management for 9 years, one of the key areas I am very passionate about.

I really enjoy using hypnotherapy with my clients and they are often amazed at how quickly they can turn their life around with the techniques I use. Hypnotherapy is a very positive, forward-thinking therapy and looks at ways in which to overcome a problem without having to delve in to the past and all the bad things that have happened – a much more mentally healthy approach to moving forward in your life!

Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and I will teach you a number of techniques which you can use in between sessions and thereafter to help put you in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

I have successfully helped many people with a wide variety of issues including stress management; anxiety and panic attacks; phobias; depression; insomnia; pain management; smoking cessation; and more.

I am a fully insured Accredited Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), one of the main professional bodies for hypnotherapy in the UK.

I offer a 50-minute initial consultation, to give my clients the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions they might have and discuss their situation more fully. During this session, I also explain in detail how the brain works, how we create anxiety, about thought processes and patterns of behaviour and how hypnotherapy can help. I will also teach you a simple and effective way to go in to hypnosis to familiarise you with the process and that you can then use to form the basis of your own self-hypnosis practice. My clients also receive a free 30 minute guided relaxation / self-hypnosis audio track.

To book your free initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you.

call 07851 307 062 or

email: info@bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk.

More details on the issues I work with can be found on my website at www.bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Becky Watkins

Background

Please note that during this stage of the pandemic I am only working by phone or online.

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Becky WatkinsBecky qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2006. She has a number of years’ experience of working with people living with the difficulties that can arise as a result of chronic illness. For example, she has worked with people who have chronic pain, itchy skin and other forms of discomfort as well as those living with visible difference and appearance concerns. She is also experienced in using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and working with trauma and its implications for mental health, managing anxiety and other mood states. She has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults.

Therapeutic Approach

Becky uses multi-perspective psychological formulation to guide her assessment and therapy. She has an integrative approach to therapy which draws on a variety of perspectives, including EMDR, cognitive behavioral approaches and mindfulness practice. She is passionate about encouraging people to reconnect with their resources and cultivate a positive relationship with themselves.

Qualifications: EMDR levels 1-4, DClinPsych, MSc Health Psychology, BSc Psychology (hons)

Professional Registrations or Membership: BPS, HCPC, Member of EMDR Assoc