Our Team

Angèlique da Silva

Angèlique da Silva

I am a professionally trained and qualified psychodynamic therapist and eating disorder counsellor 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.

Leon Frey

Leon Frey

I run the day-to-day tasks that ensure Bristol Counselling and Psychotherapy runs as smoothly as possible. I am a wild food educator and writer with a keen interest in supporting both the ecological and mental benefits that occur when communities more closely integrate with the natural world. Alongside foraging classes that explore the British countryside and a TikTok channel dedicated to wild foods, I create works of fiction that explore human relationships with urban and rural environments. With a professional background in the charity sector, I continue to support businesses that improve the well-being of individuals and communities, seeking to contribute my operational and professional skills to good causes.

I also have a passion for music, reviewing albums and interviewing artists for various publications, and can often be found in the evenings, tucked behind the turntables of his local bar, enthusiastically sharing his collection of records with patrons.

Leila Hearn

Hello, I’m Leila and I’m an Integrative counsellor. Through a strong therapeutic relationship, I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore what’s going on for you, build self-awareness and understand yourself better. We may make links to the past, looking at how this affects patterns and behaviour today, as it is the here and now that I find beneficial to create real, lasting change.  I support individuals to be autonomous and lead fulfilling lives. Working in an integrative way means I work in a holistic manner, using the modalities that fit with your needs. These theories may include techniques such as CBT, Person-centred therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I have lived experience and work with clients exploring mixed race racial identity and LGBTQIA+ / GSRD topics. I have worked in the NHS with individuals to provide relief from many life challenges such as anxiety and panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, low mood, relational issues, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, work-based stress and social withdrawal. I am a member of the BACP, working in accordance with their ethical framework.

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.

Katie Despres

Hello, I am a Family Constellations Facilitator, Transpersonal Coach & Yoga teacher. I offer a combination of  121 “Wellbeing Sessions” online or in person. I also run courses, workshops and retreats in both the UK and abroad. After studying psychology, I embarked on a corporate career in recruitment, working for the famed entrepreneur James Caan, CBE in London. Later moving to Bristol and setting up my own international recruitment company and property business, while training as Transpersonal Coach & Yoga teacher.  It was through my Yoga training that I was introduced to Family Constellations also known as Systemic Constellations. I fell in love with the power of this methodology, used to identify and resolve difficult life issues – in our family, health, work, business or creativity.
A whole-system approach  exploring each person’s place in the wider and interconnected groups or systems to which they belong. Katie is trained to advanced level with the Centre for Systemic Constellations. My approach is practical and realistic, offering a safe space to explore and the resources to support you to stand in the ground of reality, as you navigate the often complicated path of your life and the many systems that impact this. I will help you expand, embrace and reconnect with more possibility and a greater perspective. I offer workplace wellbeing sessions to both your management team and staff.

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 couples, 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.

Samuel Robinson

As a Qualified Addictions Counsellor and Treatment Consultant, I specialise in working with individuals and families experiencing the direct impact of Addiction and Mental Health conditions, both in the UK and Internationally. This is done by working with you to tailor a unique therapeutic approach centred around your personal goals for recovery. I combine cognitive therapy, motivational enhancement, interpersonal and systemic techniques to support clients in finding their internal strength to change and rebuild their lives. I firmly believe that everyone can achieve monumental things if only offered the right conditions. While it is a nerve-racking thing taking the step to explore your relationship with drink or drugs, I will guide you through any obstacles you may face. Therapy will focus on helping you understand the thought processes and belief systems that influence the use of substances, while supporting you to find your own internal motivation to change for the better. We will work together to foster an environment where you can live free from the chaos, shame and guilt that so often coincides with the uncontrollable use of alcohol and drugs.

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.

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.

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

Caroline Griffiths
Zoe

Zoe Carter-Beedie

I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor and my core aim is to provide a warm and consistent space for you to feel heard and understood. We have many parts within us that need a listening ear, and open heart. When we find acceptance and compassion for ourselves, things can start to change in our lives.

I offer kindness, non-judgement, and curiosity so that you can begin to feel resilient and self-loving. Each of us is born with inherent wisdom and we are our own best expert. But you may have lost trust along the way. I strive to offer you a nurturing, therapeutic relationship that encourages a sense of safety to trust, at a pace that is right for you.

I am art-trained with a foundation Diploma in art therapy so I can work with you in a creative way. I am also passionate about tuning into the body as a way to facilitate healing especially from trauma. With this in mind, I gently encourage body awareness in an integrative way.

I am experienced working with adults, teenagers, and young people from aged 11 both from my private work and time working with Off the Record Bristol. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Siobhan Brereton

Facing problems alone can be so daunting, confusing and exhausting. 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 appreciate it can take time to build a strong, trusting rapport with someone unfamiliar therefore I always prioritise this. I believe with empathy and understanding, people feel able to express their concerns and allow for opportunities within their lives for positive growth and fulfilment.

I often use a variety of psychological theories including person-centred and compassion-focused therapy which allows the process to move at a pace comfortable for yourself and one that allows you to learn how to stimulate positive emotions where there is perhaps guilt, shame, low self-worth and depression.

My main areas of speciality include grief, anxiety (including health anxiety, social anxiety and generalised worry), depression and addiction.

Siobhan Brereton

Jo Connell

Hi,

I am a MBACP qualified person-centred counsellor, also able to work in a more integrative/holistic way. Sessions are client led whereby I offer a confidential, safe, empathic, non-judgemental space where, together, we will work towards a trusting relationship where a client will feel comfortable enough to explore what is going on for them emotionally, physically and mentally and given time, take steps to grow and develop into whatever they feel is right for them. Therapy can be short or long-term via phone, zoom or mix of both.

I am a qualified BACP Children and Young People’s counsellor aged 8-18, NCS Eating Disorders, Complex and Extreme Grief and Trauma. I also work with anxiety, depression, relationships/friendships, bullying, racism, self-harm and autism.

Jo Connell
Nicola Clark

Nicola Clark

I am a qualified Counsellor and as an Integrative therapist, I can work with you in the short or long term for your specific needs. I provide a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings and support with overwhelming emotions to take the next step forward. Nobody is ever alone.

I work in a Person-Centred way, so a priority for me is building our relationship to help you to feel safe and heard in our confidential counselling space, along with an understanding of how difficult it can be to seek help at challenging times in our lives.

I have worked for Help! Counselling (11-25 year old clients) and Bath Mind (adult clients). I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS) and I adhere to their Code of Ethics in my client and private practice work.

I look forward to working with you.

Lee Ann Matthews

Hello and welcome. I am a warm and friendly integrative counsellor offering support to adults. I offer a safe, comfortable space where you can explore your struggles. It gives you “time out” from everyday life, enabling you to focus on your thoughts and feelings. I will not tell you what to do but we will go on a journey together to help resolve the issues you bring. I will provide a supportive, and non-judgmental space enabling us to build a therapeutic relationship out of trust and honesty.

My practice is as an integrative counsellor, though the bedrock of my practice is person centred, which means that you are at the heart of our work together, however, I may use different theories and creative approaches to fit your needs.

I have completed an FdA Integrative Counselling course with the University of Worcester, and I am a MBACP registered member. I have attended a post-graduation course in Eating Disorders which is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS). This course gives me a greater understanding of eating disorders and the impact it can have on a person’s life and the ability to support you through your recovery.

I am also a trauma informed therapist having undertaken many CPD courses around trauma and the impact this can have on one’s life. I have also volunteered on a rape and sexual abuse support line for a number of years, giving me first-hand experience in supporting people with trauma.

Erin Karafyllidou

Erin Karafyllidou

I am a UK trained, experienced psychodynamic therapist. As well as having a private practice, I have worked in charity organisations, and with people struggling with a variety of emotional and mental difficulties. I work with adults on a weekly basis, for either short or long term periods of time. At present, I offer only remote counselling sessions via video or telephone calls. I am a fluent Greek speaker.

I had 6 years of core professional counselling training (4 in individual therapy at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, in Somerset and 2 in couples counselling at Tavistock Relations, in London).

I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I also hold the graduate level of registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS) for I also studied Psychology.

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. Every client is unique and I incorporate a range of theories and approaches to suit each individual. 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. I am passionate about equality and have worked with a diverse range of clients from different cultural and racial backgrounds. I am also an LGBTQIA+ ally. Counselling can involve looking within and digging deep, and that takes courage. If we end up working together, you will be met with warmth and friendliness from the outset.

Sarah Guthrie