Talking Therapies

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.

 

 

Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Dr Janet Brandling MBACP

Sometimes life can be tough or messy and it helps to talk.

I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy to individuals who want to explore the way they are feeling and want to feel better. Examples of issues I can work with are relationships, with yourself and others, about work, current crises, health problems, pregnancy, parenting and caring, repetitive behaviour, bereavement and loss, stress, anxiety and depression.Janet Brandling website pic received August 2020

My approach is to work in partnership with you, to reflect on the past and how it is affecting the present. To think about what might of happened rather than what is wrong.

I work relationally, meaning we will have discussions and collaborate together.

If you would like to find out whether working with me feels right, get in touch for a discussion and an initial appointment. Together we can work out how to proceed.

My website is www.huttherapy.net

My email address is janet@huttherapy.net

Telephone 07517 4298852

 

 

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

Psychotherapist: Katie EganKatie has worked in the NHS for over 10 years in adult mental health, including in secondary care 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 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 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.

Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist: Dr Camilla Stack

Camilla Stack

Therapy is about building an understanding of your unique experience of being human in a developing dialogue with someone who not only has the appropriate training, but perhaps as importantly, who is not a friend or family member. Often the responses we get from those around us to the things that trouble us are either to try to ‘fix’ things, or to tell us about their own experience. In therapy there is space for more focused attention on your experiences, and the possibility of deeper exploration and understanding of familiar patterns of thinking and feeling. This process can often lead us into new and more fulfilling ways of living, with more autonomy and more satisfying relationships.

I offer therapy in a safe and confidential space which is available weekly at the same time and in the same room. My approach to therapy is relational and my training is what is called ‘integrative’. This broadly refers to an approach to psychotherapy that incorporates ideas from several of the different traditional approaches to psychological thinking that have grown up over the past century or so. Rather than adhering to one ‘school’ of thought, I draw on ideas from several branches of psychology, principally from the psychodynamic, humanistic and developmental neuroscience fields, to inform the way I work with people.

Training and experience

I decided to train as a therapist having been really helped in my own therapy. I trained at Metanoia Institute in London on their Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, which is accredited by Middlesex University.

I am a registered Integrative Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various short and long term therapeutic settings over the years, including a student counselling service, a women’s counselling centre and a drug and alcohol addiction recovery service. I have been working in private practice for eight years, and mostly offer medium to long term psychotherapy.

Other strands of professional work

Alongside my clinical work I have in the past been involved in teaching, training, and supervision in the Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy research field. I continue to supervise doctoral students’ research projects and sit on various assessment and examining boards for the DCPsych programme at Metanoia Institute in London.

As a result of experiences during my own research, I became interested in vicarious trauma in social science research, and I set up and ran workshops and discussion groups at Oxford University for a number of years for researchers to support them in recognizing and managing the impact of vicarious trauma.

Research and areas of specialisation

My doctoral research focused on the narratives of ex-military members of their experiences of psychological therapy. I have a broad interest in working with people who have spent long stretches of their lives in institutional settings such as boarding school, the armed forces, and religious communities. I also have an interest in working with people living vicariously with traumatic experience through their work, for example those in the medical, social work and care professions, and the police.

I also have an interest in major life transitions, which encompass life stages like having a baby, children leaving home, bereavement or retirement, and major psychological transitions such as the desire to separate from a particular community, culture, religion or world view, and sexuality and transgender issues.

Practical details

Sessions are weekly and last for one hour. My session fee is £65 for daytime sessions and £75 for evening sessions after 6pm.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an initial meeting, or if you have any other queries. My contact details are below.

Email: camillastack@gmail.com

Tel: 07816 683 479

Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Dr Rick Budd

Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Dr Rick BuddDr Budd has over 20 years experience as a clinical psychologist. He currently works in full-time private practice, providing: therapy for a broad range of mental health problems (e.g. PTSD, depression, etc.) and personality disorders; training and consultation on case formulation and risk assessment; clinical supervision; expert evidence in civil, family and criminal law cases.

During his professional practice, Dr Budd has worked in a variety of settings, including: a third sector organisation which supports homeless individuals and families; community mental health teams; low/medium secure psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric intensive care units; family intervention teams and psychiatric day hospitals. These roles have involved Dr Budd in providing assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health problems, including PTSD, anxiety, depression and phobias.

Dr Budd has prepared over five hundred medico-legal reports relating to personal injury claims, family proceedings and criminal matters and is trained in the use of the HCR-20, SVR-20, WAIS and WMS tests. He has attended training on Court Skills and report writing. As part of his ongoing CPD he has attended training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Mindfulness Based CBT, EMDR, Trauma Focussed CBT, Motivational Interviewing, etc.

Dr Budd has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and presented papers at academic conferences. He has developed a number of widely used psychometric tests (e.g. the 15FQ+, the Jung Type Indicator, etc.) and has full enhanced CRB clearance.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Assessment of adults in personal injury cases:
      • Post traumatic stress disorder
      • Phobias
      • Anxiety and depression
      • Road traffic accidents
      • Industrial accidents
      • Criminal injuries
    • Assessment and treatment of:
        • Adult mental health problems, including: Schizophrenia, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety
        • Personality Disorder
        • Drug and Alcohol Problems

Contact:

Rick Budd, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS. Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Chartered Psychologist (BPS), visiting lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Mobile 07903113163

Email: rick.budd@hotmail.co.uk

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT): Jane Gowland

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT): Jane GowlandJane is the Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Dynamic You CBT Clinics in Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol.

Clinical Experience:
Jane has over 15 years experience working within Psychology services.  She has previously worked extensively in NHS in posts at primary care and specialist levels across the UK since undertaking specialist clinical training as a CBT Therapist.

Currently she practices privately as a CBT Therapist and also supervises other clinicians across the country.  Jane’s clinical interests include working with common emotional health problems including depression, anxiety and relationship problems together with difficulties associated with Adult ADHD. She also has specialist experience in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma.

Jane is Lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at our West Country clinics and is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Clinical Qualifications:
PgDip, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Accredited CBT Therapist.

Contact

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