Therapists

Relational Holistic Counsellor: Sarah Guthrie

I provide a compassionate, self-reflective, and safe space where I am guided by you and the pace that you set. My approach is relational, which means our relationship is central to our work together. My practice is grounded in person-centred theory by Carl Rogers. He believed that in order for clients to thrive, therapists need to be genuine and provide an empathic space where a person is accepted regardless of their actions. This is your space to come as you are and bring what you wish, however difficult that may be. Every client is unique and I incorporate a range of theories and approaches to suit each individual.Sarah Guthrie

My counselling is holistic. I believe in working with every aspect of a person from their mind, body, and spirit to the conscious and unconscious parts waiting to be explored. There are many coexisting aspects of ourselves. I will work with all your unique parts, through explorative dialogue, story, and metaphor, listening to them so they feel understood and heard. I also use mindfulness and embodiment-based practices that help you connect with your bodily felt sense.

Counselling is a collaborative and sacred space that empowers you to heal, look at thoughts, feelings, habits, and patterns of behaviour. If you wish, sessions could involve exploring your inner and outer world creatively, and/or through transpersonal ways of working to look deeper into your psyche.

My work recognises the importance of early life experiences and how they impact a person’s self-esteem, sense of self, and relationships. However, I also understand that stress, anxiety, trauma, bereavement and loss can occur at any stage in life, and you may wish to look solely at issues you are facing in the here-and-now. Part of our work may also involve safety and stabilisation to keep you safe and grounded in sessions and tools to access in moments of stress and anxiety. However you choose to work, and wherever the therapy takes us, counselling can help you work towards what you desire and experience transformation.

My more information visit my website guidedbysarah.co.uk or to book a free initial consultation email hello@guidedbysarah.co.uk.

Sessions cost £50 for 50 minutes.

Psychotherapist (EMDR Consultant): Katie Egan

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

Background

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.

Contact

katie3gan@gmail.com

Katieegan.uk

Addiction Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Samuel Robinson

About Sam

Sam is a Cognitive Psychotherapist, Trauma-informed Counsellor, Specialist Addictions Therapist, Group Psychotherapist and specialist in Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction disorders. Over the past 4 years Sam has worked in several therapeutic residential treatment centres and clinical settings including The Küsnacht Practice, the world’s most exclusive treatment clinic for addiction and mental health presentations in Zurich. He has formed a specialism of intensive therapeutic work treating emotional, mental and addiction presentations. Alongside Sam’s private therapy practice here in Bristol, he works as a Consultant Addiction Psychotherapist advising clinics worldwide in the development and implementation of individualised evidence-based treatment for addictions and co-occurring mental health presentations.Sam Robinson Feb 2022

Sam is trained and experienced in delivering 1:1 and group psychotherapy, as well as therapeutic and educational support for families dealing with addictions and mental health presentations.

Registration with Professional Bodies

Sam is an Advanced Practitioner Member with Addiction Professionals (AP) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

How can Sam help you?

Sam has experience of working with adults with a wide range of challenging life situations. Such as difficulties relating to low mood, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, self-critical thinking, substance and alcohol addictions, psychotic disorders (referral from a psychiatrist is needed), addiction recovery development, difficulties in the family and life altering career issues. He has extensive experience of working with individuals who have experienced psychological trauma and how this impacts life in the form of long-standing behavioural and relational difficulties.

Therapeutic Approach

Sam focuses on helping clients find solutions to life’s problems they experience in the here and now. You will work to initially focus on helping you find actionable solutions that can positively impact current difficulties. The focus is on how to get you feeling better. Then when you are ready move onto exploring more challenging life experiences that created deeper belief systems and negative thought processes leading to you needing therapy.

Sam’s therapy style is goal focused, imaginative and solution orientated. Sam looks at therapy like teamwork. You’ll work together to create a plan that offers direction and guidance through your difficulties and create a safe place for you to explore and understand how upsetting and challenging past experience present themselves and influence the here and now.

If you want to a more intensive, change focused approach, Sam has designed a structured a change driven intensive therapy programme focused on getting you feeling better, while empowering you to understand and regain control over what has been negatively impacting your life. Please get in touch to find out more.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Trauma-informed Practice.
  • Specialist therapies in the treatment of addictions.
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Systemic theory and practice in families with addictions
  • Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress reactions in Psychosis.

Fees

Initial call – Free of charge

This is an opportunity to discuss your needs and ascertain if Sam is the right therapist for you.

Therapeutic Consultation – chance to discuss your goals and understand if working with Sam is right for you.

£50 | 45 minutes.

Individual Therapy Sessions

£90   | 50 minutes

£125 | 1.5 hours

Family Session – context of addiction

£175 | 1.5 hours.

Please get in touch about fees for group work

Contact details

To find out more, or to book an initial consultation, please contact Sam via email or phone who would be happy to any questions or discuss what you need.

e: samuel.robinson.therapist@gmail.com

m: 07407 324916

w: www.samuelrobinsoncounselling.com

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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.

Contact:

Email: sadowskirose@hotmail.com

Mobile: 07968958928

 

Relationship Counsellor: Hannah Russell MNCS (Accred).

About Me

I am a Relate-trained counsellor with many years’ experience offering relationship counselling to individuals and couples. I have a private practice in Bristol seeing clients both in person and online, both during the day and in the evening.Hannah Russell photo 30 Dec 2021

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 began working with Relate as an adult relationship counsellor. 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 27 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.

About Relationship Counselling

There are many and varied reasons which lead people to seek relationship
counselling. These may include issues such as communication, bereavement,
fertility, trust, intimacy, family issues – including parenting, step-families and
extended families – infidelity, work, financial worries and separation or divorce.
As an experienced counsellor I have worked with individuals and couples from
diverse backgrounds and I welcome same-sex and heterosexual couples.

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 relationship? 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.

Please feel free to contact me via the details below so that we can arrange a time to talk on the phone about your needs and how we might work together. Taking the first step in seeking support can feel daunting and I will do everything I can to help you to feel at ease. mncs-accreditation-logo 30 Dec 2021

Fees

All sessions are 50 minutes in length and cost £60 for individual counselling and £75 for couple counselling.

The initial consultation is charged at £40 for individuals and £50 for couples.

Website and Contact Details

 w: hannahrussellcounselling.co.uk

e: hannah@hannahrussellcounselling.co.uk

p: 07883 082046

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

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.

 

 

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 £55 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.