Our Counsellors

Zoe McDonald profile

Zoe McDonald

I am a psychodynamic counsellor offering short term counselling and longer-term therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and over, and I’m currently training to work with children and young people in educational settings.
I work with all kinds of psychological and relationship difficulties, from depression and anxiety to low self-esteem and adverse childhood experience. You might be feeling trapped in a pattern of relating to other people that feels hard to shift, or in need of an impartial space to process feelings that feel impossible to share with those you are close to. Whether you’re struggling with grief, anger, worry, or sadness, we can work together to make sense of your thoughts and explore how you might move beyond unhelpful habits and past pain.

I am a member of the BPC, and I am also BAPC registered. I work as a Sessional Counsellor at WCPS (Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy Service), an Associate Counsellor at Bristol Counselling and Psychotherapy and an Honorary Therapist at The Bridge in Bristol. My ongoing professional development includes courses and seminars with WCPS, The Bridge, The Tavistock, Confer and more.

I am currently offering sessions in person and on Zoom.

Vicky Lennane

Vicky Lennane

I am a psychodynamic counsellor, offering a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space allowing you to discuss various and sensitive topics. I place emphasis on our relationship, building trust and security, enabling us to think and explore present problems and understand the influence of our past to work towards improving perspective, awareness, and the future.

My approach is to work with you to consider and explore your present, your past and earliest relationships, and experiences. By doing this we open a window to our current patterns of behaving and relating to others. We can begin to understand the repetitions and patterns that have developed unconsciously.
I believe when we can identify and understand our patterns of behaviour we can then begin to change, thereby contributing to a greater sense of self, to mental and physical health and sense of well-being, which enables more informed choices giving greater sense of control.

I work with a range of issues: life changes, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationships, illness, self harm, sexuality, trauma, abuse, post-natal depression, work related issues, eating disorder and fears.

I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

Sarah Collard

Sarah Collard

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor offering long-term counselling. I believe there are times in our life when we all need some additional support, to help work through issues within ourselves or our relationships.

I understand that it can take a lot of courage to ask for support when you’re feeling low, anxious, or when life is throwing challenges your way.

I specialise in working with people who have depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or relationship problems. I have years of experience working with addiction and it’s effects. I have also worked with those experiencing past traumas or abuse.

Through the counselling relationship we develop together, you will increase your understanding and self awareness, and as a result, realise your own ability to change. Together we will identify the root causes of the issues that you present, and I will support you in changing your self perception for the better.

An important aspect of our work together, is that there is time and space for you to ‘off-load’ and work through the various issues that may arise within the session.

I look forward to working with you.

Shireen Pervaiz

Shireen Pervaiz

My counselling approach is integrative, mainly drawing on Person-Centred and Psychodynamic concepts. This means that the sessions will start from your ‘here and now’ feelings, experiences and relationships, and if it feels right, explore connections to the past and consider how those experiences might be affecting the present. I offer a confidential, safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore these current difficulties and issues.

Adverse life events can affect self-esteem, the quality of our relationships and resilience. Many of us experience times when we feel stuck or overwhelmed. Hopefully new insights and a better understanding of your self will be gained. The outcome is to help my clients feel more empowered or less ‘stuck’, feel better able to move forward more positively and make lasting changes in their life.

My speciality is working with people from different cultural backgrounds, taking into account how this influences their worldview and therefore to accommodate these perspectives. Many factors can affect someone’s personal experience and thus the therapeutic experience.

Helen Trinh

Helen Trinh

As both a Counsellor and Mental Health Practitioner, I have extensive experience creating safe and therapeutic holding environments for people experiencing emotional distress.

Drawing from a pluralistic approach to counselling, I will carefully tailor the therapeutic process, integrating a range of methods to work with the individual needs and interests of the person.

My priority is to facilitate a collaborative and supportive relationship, one that is compassionate and at times challenging, promotes shared decision making and explores problems through valuing the diversity and uniqueness that each individual brings.

I see both adults and young people and have experience working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Areas of work; identity issues, anxiety, cultural issues, stress, self-esteem, family, relationships, depression, generational trauma, work stress, sexuality, domestic violence, autism, loneliness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts.

Chris Soloman

Chris Soloman

I have been working as a counsellor since 2014. I trained at Dartington Hall in Totnes, Devon as an integrative counsellor after 30 years of working as a chef in Spain and various areas of England. I work holistically, working with emotions, thoughts, spirituality and how psychological problems manifest as physical sensations. I am trained in Gestalt therapy and mindfulness-based CBT and also in motivational interviewing, which is used in treating addictions. I am a keen musician and classical pianist and enjoy using music and art as therapeutic tools.

Previously I worked for the gambling charity GamCare, the Priory Hospital, Broadreach rehab centre in Plymouth and for a charity supporting disabled clients and their carers I work with a wide range of mental health issues but specialise in addictions, anxiety, anger and male issues. I welcome LBGT clients and have experience in working with multicultural clients.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework.

Caroline Griffiths

Caroline Griffiths

I am a fully qualified counsellor, member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a Mental Health First Aider.

I am an integrative therapist which means I adapt my skills and knowledge to suit your needs. I offer a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental space where we can work together to help you move past the issues that stand in the way of your true potential.

I am also a mum of twins and have worked in both private and public sectors for large and small organisations in various industries including media, education, police, tech and legal professions. I find drawing upon these experiences particularly beneficial in client work.

I believe that human connection and a deep working relationship with my clients leads to positive outcomes. Working within an ethical framework of good practice, you are the focus, sessions are led by you, and you set the pace.

I will sit with you, guide and empower you by providing the essential tools throughout your counselling journey

Angèlique da Silva

Angèlique da Silva

I am a professionally trained and qualified psychodynamic therapist offering long term counselling to adults both in-person and online. I work with anxiety, depression, loss, cultural and sexual issues, self-harm, PTSD and professional and workplace issues. I specialise in trauma, sexual and domestic violence and eating disorders.
My way of working supports an in-depth exploration of childhood experiences and how they may affect your life today.
I seek to enable a collaborative counselling relationship, one free from judgement, that examines your life, past and present, so as to encourage understanding and change. A safe and private space is created, one that allows for the discussion of various topics, from relationships and career to more sensitive conversations, such as your dreams and fears. Each session works toward improving perspective and awareness, allowing you to approach your life in a healthier way.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am in ongoing supervision and adhere to the Code of Ethics of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

I am committed to continuous learning and have undertaken additional professional development courses with The Tavistock Clinic, Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Analytic Network and the Iron Mill College.

Siobhan Brereton

Siobhan Brereton

As an accredited member of the BACP and having worked as a counsellor for over eleven years I can support you in a safe, contained space to face your difficulties. I often use a variety of psychological theories including person-centred and compassion-focused therapy and my main areas of speciality include grief, anxiety and addiction.

Vjosa Rizaj

Vjosa Rizaj

I am a qualified, integrative Psychotherapist & Consultant in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Alongside my private practice, I offer independent services on domestic violence and sexual abuse to individuals, organisations and communities.

Andrea Mira

Andrea Mira

I am a qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor working short and long-term individual therapy with adults in English and Spanish.   I offer a non-judgmental and supportive approach and work with each client’s individual needs. I have a particular interest in working with trauma, anxiety, cultural and social identity, loss, bereavement, depression, abuse, ageing, end of life and other areas.  I am also interested in psychoanalytic approaches to working therapeutically in school settings with young children and young adults.  I am a registered member of the BCP and BACP and I am an honorary school therapist working with The Bridge in schools around Bristol. 

Alicia Howes

Alicia Howes

I am a fully qualified counsellor who specialises in working with Children and Young People.

As a Relational Integrative counsellor, I care deeply about the relationship I establish with the people who come to see me for therapy. I see each client as an individual and sensitively tailor different approaches to each person’s specific needs. I feel extremely passionate about creating a confidential, safe space for children and young people to feel comfortable enough to open up and to share their problems. To help them explore their own story to make sense of it and for them to feel recognised and valued.