Counselling Psychologist: Dr Jess Haskins (Walker)

Background

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with HCPC (PYL36844) as a Practitioner Psychologist. I have worked therapeutically for over 15 years with all kinds of client groups. I work from an integrative, relational perspective.Jess Walker

This means I am trained in a number of different modalities, and will develop a therapeutic approach that meets your individual needs, with an underlying ethos of developing a positive relationship with you through which to effect change. Modalities I have experience in include:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Relational therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion focused therapy
  • Brief solution-focused therapy
  • Addictions therapy
  • Mindfulness

As well as working as a counselling psychologist, I am a freelance research consultant, a lecturer in Psychology for the Open University, and I provide training and clinical supervision to workplaces and individuals. Over the last 15 years I have worked in varied psychology and therapy roles including forensic psychology services, homelessness and complex needs (Second Step), addictions (with adults and young people, both residential and community based), NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, SANEline (a mental health telephone support service), psychotherapy services with children in Mexico, and mentor services for early career researchers.

I am very interested in how the attachments we have formed in our early life may shape our future relationships, and how later positive attachments can help us find the strength to overcome problems.

This understanding informs the work I do with many clients. I also use many positive psychology strategies that can help us overcame shame, despair and difficulty. I see learning to be kind to the self as an important part of empowering change from within, and use many techniques that can help you with this.

Getting started

Healthy relationships can have a big impact on emotional wellbeing. I  therefore offer respect, warmth and empathy to help you build a trusting relationship with me, providing a safe space for you to work through your issues. I will work with you to decide on a course of action that we both feel will best help you make positive changes in whatever areas are most concerning you.

One of the most important factors in successful therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist, no matter which type of therapy they offer. Therefore it might help you to try out a few therapists first to see what suits you. I offer an initial session at a reduced rate of £35 for us to see
how we feel about working together, with no obligation to continue. Ongoing sessions are charged at £85.

The sessions

Sessions will differ depending on the mode of therapy we decide to use. We may work more in the here and now, or we may look at where issues have stemmed from in the past. I will be led by you and your needs.

As I am trained in a variety of modes, I am able to use a range of techniques tailored to your specific needs. Whatever we do together, we will go at your pace. It can take time to feel safe enough to let someone in, so I don’t expect you to tell me everything straight away! We will work together – you are the expert in your experience, and I will be there to facilitate you in understanding yourself better so that you can live a more fulfilling, less stressful life. I understand that talking about your issues can feel quite challenging at times.

Sometimes you will feel enlightened after sessions. Other times you may feel a little exhausted. This is completely normal and all part of the process of change.

Contact and further information

www.jesswalkercounsellingpsychology.com

southbristolcp@gmail.com

07444 686246

Counselling and Focusing: Isla Macdonald

When life is hard it can often help to talk to someone outside of the situation.  I offer a safe space to slow down, pay attention and explore what is happening.  Much of what causes difficulty for us now has its roots in early life and relationships, yet shifts happen in the present. Paying attention to what is happening now and working through things in a therapeutic relationship can enable us to uncover new easier ways of being in ourselves and the world.Isla Macdonald July 2019

I specialise in attachment and developmental trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement, existential and spiritual crisis, the inner relationship with ourselves, chronic and acute human difficulties and anxieties.  Other issues I address include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, dissociative disorder, non-sexual abuse, physical and mental health, self esteem, spirituality, relationships, anger, stress, work issues, grief and climate related anxiety.

I qualified with Re-Vision, an established yet innovative centre for counselling and psychotherapy, in transpersonal, integrative, psychotherapeutic counselling. I am also trained in Focusing which is a gentle, profound and natural way of paying attention to oneself and others that is based upon compassion and direct experience.

These trainings enable me employ Behavioural, Relational, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Transpersonal, Mindfulness, Existential and creative approaches in the work.  I keep up to date with the latest techniques with on-going training and supervision.

My own journey really began with an unravelling and uncovering of my inner self following the collapse of my faith in my early 20s.  This led me to find a Jungian therapist who helped me put myself back together, enabled some healing and development of parts of myself. I have since explored and found many ways of working with my own history, including practising Buddhism and Focusing which further inform my approach to counselling. I was a palliative care nurse in Bristol and South Africa for many years, then volunteered as a hospital Chaplain to the dying at Southmead and as a counsellor with Cruse bereavement care. I now work and volunteer part time at Kinergy, a sexual abuse charity, working one to one and holding group work.

I love being in nature with all the benefits this brings.  As the climate crisis unfolds, I am even more aware of the interconnectedness of our lives with nature and the need to find collective and individual responses.  I support various climate campaigning groups and am interested in working with people in this area.

I’m registered with the BACP and my course is accredited with the UKCP

I am member of the British Focusing Association and the Climate Psychology Alliance.

I work with adults and small groups delivering long and short-term therapy face-to-face, taking appointments at therapy rooms in Redcliffe and Kingswood or at my home in St Werburghs.

My rates are £50 for a 1 hour session, daytimes and some evenings.

Please feel free to contact me by phone for an informal preliminary discussion.

My contact details are:

Telephone: 07876 645566

Email: islawhiz@hotmail.com

Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy: Doug Teeling

About me

I believe firmly that in offering a compassionate, non-judgmental and safe environment each client can learn to trust their own experience and feelings. Beginning to talk about yourself and what you are dealing with may feel new or even unnerving, so I am always mindful to work with you at your own pace.

In the process of therapy many different issues may come up for you. There is no pressure to work to a schedule or through any set list. In talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully how and why you feel the way you do.

Whether you have been through something traumatic in the past or recently experienced some crisis in your life, or perhaps are dealing with a more prolonged sense of disillusionment with life, the space provided by therapy allows us to work through these issues together.

I have a particular interest in how early relationships shape our experiences later in life. Whilst I work in an integrative way and draw upon many theories, I find psychodynamic and relational approaches in particular offer great insight into how our past can live on in the present. I also pursue research exploring how the changing environment affects our psychological well-being.

In a time of accelerating climate change I believe it is essential to keep in mind the impact of the wider social, political and environmental challenges we are all necessarily affected by. Whilst we may not discuss this explicitly in sessions, I believe these issues will always be a part of how we find ourselves situated in life at any given time.

If you would like to meet for an initial session then please do get in touch.

For more details about my approach and experience please visit my website: https://www.bathspapsychotherapy.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited psychotherapist with UKCP having completed an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). This course involves an intensive and in-depth approach to study over many years.

Alongside my private practice which has been running since 2013, I have also worked for the SWAN project in Bristol, one of the few places in the Bath and Bristol area which offers the opportunity for longer term low cost therapy.

My professional background is in mental health, having worked for nearly a decade supporting individuals dealing with enduring mental health issues. My previous training includes a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at BCPC, a Certificate in Counselling Skills at Bath College, as well as a degree in Psychology and Study of Religions at Bath Spa University.

I am also an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (http://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/)

Fees

  • £47 per week.
  • £10 for initial 40 minute session.

First steps

If you would like to find out more about coming to psychotherapy then I welcome you to get in touch.

We can arrange an initial session which is an opportunity to get a feel for how we would work together and to ask any questions you may have.

This session will last 40 minutes, and payment of £10 will need to be made by bank transfer prior to us meeting.

After this meeting you may decide if you would like to book further sessions, which would usually be on a weekly basis.

Contact details: