Talking Therapies

Clinical Psychologist: Dr Becky Watkins

Background

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

Psychologist/CBT therapist – Renata Königsman

Renata KonigsmanPsychologist (MSc.), Counsellor (PgDipCouns), Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist (PgDipCBT)

I have been working as a psychologist/psychotherapist in private practice, delivering psychological help to the Polish people in Bristol since June 2005.

I graduated from the Institute of Psychology of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland (MSc. Health Psychology).

As a bilingual therapist I work with both Polish and English speaking clients. Apart from private practice I also work as a psychotherapist in the NHS.

I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CBT Pathway) at the University of Wales in Newport and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy at the University in Exeter.

I have been working therapeutically using an Integrative approach but mainly using Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I offer a professional therapeutic relationship, where clients can explore issues and difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Areas of psychological help include:

  • Adult Mental Health Care
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Physical Health Problems
  • PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep Problems
  • Trauma

I’m a member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and I’m currently working towards accreditation from BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).

Contact

Tel: 079 6262 0011
E-mail: renata.konigsman@gmail.com
www.polski-psycholog-bristol.co.uk

Counsellor and Psychotherapist- Julia Gresty

Julia is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist accredited and registered with UKCP.

Counselling and Psychotherapy - Julia GrestyI am grateful and honoured to have been able to support and guide many people’s therapeutic journeys over a twenty five year period. The way I work has grown and evolved over the years. What I have found to be essentially important is to be warm- hearted and have a deep respect for the humanity, culture and individual health and suffering of each client.

I now practice a gentle yet powerful mindfulness based therapy (Core-Process) which brings awareness to thoughts feelings and sensations in the mind/body allowing change to happen in the present.

I am happy to work both, short term and long term with people in crisis or seeking personal/creative development.

I particularly enjoy working with both people who are considering entering their first counselling or therapy experience and are particularly nervous or ambivalent and with people, counsellors or therapists who may have experienced and valued many years of counselling/ therapy and want to re-enter and deepen their journey.

I have a special interest in developing Integral Psychotherapy and a Postmodern daily spiritual practice called ‘Integral Life Practice’ based on Ken Wilber’s work at the Integral Institute.

I also offer supervision of counsellors, psychotherapists, complementary therapists, and non- managerial supervision for people working in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

For an initial free introductory session, contact Julia on 0117 9637285 or email her at

grestyjulia@gmail.com.

Clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist: Dr Joanne Weston

Clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist: Dr Joanne WestonDr Joanne Weston is a clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and holds chartered status and Associate Fellowship with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She offers psychological therapy, clinical supervision and also provides medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases.

I offer evidence-based assessment and psychological therapy to adults with a wide range of issues. I am trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and person-centred approaches. I have also done additional training in areas such as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy. Having this range of models to draw on, as well as a wealth of psychological knowledge, enables me to adapt my interventions to meet people’s varying needs. I would describe myself as an integrative practitioner.

I offer therapeutic work for emotional and mental health difficulties experienced during adulthood and into older age. These can include:

  • Anxiety and panic
  • Stress (including work-related stress)
  • Depression and low mood
  • Low self-confidence and low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Adjustment issues (e.g. due to illness, life changes, relationship break-ups)
  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)

Working with people who are experiencing problems that many of us face during our lives, whether that is anxiety, low mood, bereavement, specific phobias (such as flying) or generally struggling to cope with life’s demands and questions such as “Who am I? Who do I want to be?” is something that I find fulfilling. To help someone to understand and find ways to take control of their past, present and future is a rewarding aspect of my work.

Work philosophy:

I believe that every person is unique and needs an individual therapy plan which is tailored to fit with their specific situation – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. An essential first step of any therapy is for the client and therapist to work together to get a good understanding of the problem and then explore how the person can reach their goals using therapeutic approaches that resonate with their values, beliefs and ways of thinking. I see my job as helping to empower and provide people with the support, tools and framework that they need to address their difficulties. I offer short-term and longer-term therapy.

Therapy offers many opportunities for personal growth but it also requires hard work and the courage to talk about things that you might never have told anyone before. I believe that all therapy needs to take place within a respectful, trusting, safe, confidential and containing therapeutic relationship. It is only when we feel unconditionally supported that we can allow ourselves to take risks and move forward with our lives.

Other services:

I also offer clinical supervision and provide medico-legal reports for solicitors working on Personal Injury cases (I have undertaken Bond Solon Expert Witness training).

Contact me:

If you would like to discuss any of my services or whether therapy could be suitable for you, please get in touch. I offer a free mini-consultation of up to 15 minutes over the telephone.