Our Team

Angèlique da Silva

Angèlique da Silva

Trauma and Eating Disorder Therapist and Assessor.

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, childhood experiences and trauma, 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, the Iron Mill College, The Bridge Foundation and GASW.

You can read more about how I work here. 

Leon Frey

Office Manager and Content & Website Manager

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.

Nate Speare

Nate Speare

Integrative Counsellor

Hi, I’m Nate, and I am an experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, drawing from a range of modalities and understandings of both psychological distress and emotional well-being.  This includes humanistic and existential orientations, psychodynamic theory and 3rd wave CBT approaches. I also work as a Health Adviser at Unity Sexual Health, where I have been in post for over 12years, and have a passion for reducing health inequalities for marginalised communities. I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, and am committed to a culturally sensitive, trauma informed, inclusive and ethical practice. Both my work in therapy and in the NHS have given me extensive experience of working with a range of people from many different backgrounds, ages and places; presenting with multiple issues or concerns. I have specialism with issues regarding sexual health and HIV; gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (GSRD), drug and alcohol issues (including chemsex), mental health diagnoses/issues and existential concerns or worries. 

Abi Loveridge

Integrative and IFS Counsellor

I am an integrative counsellor and I adhere to the ethical framework laid out by the BACP. My approach is open and warm, and I firmly believe that by feeling heard, we can begin to heal. I like to work creatively, incorporating a range of approaches, but my practice is firmly client led, with the belief that relationship is key. Together we can work towards a greater understanding of self, and from a place of compassion and empathy, empower you to find your own solutions. Understanding your experiences and helping you make meaning of them is at the core of my approach. I offer sessions for a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, relationship issues, family dynamics and attachment disorder.  I also draw on my lived experience to provide a safe space for adopters and foster carers to explore the challenges they may face. I am a trained IFS therapist an evidence-based approach, it assumes that we all possess a variety of sub-personalities, which we call ‘parts’. By getting to know these parts better, with curiosity and compassion, we can achieve healing. My belief is that many of us don’t have control over these sub personalities, and we find that they are automatically reacting to situations in our external world. You will be welcomed with warmth and kindness; hopefully, together we can explore your story, where you find yourself, and discover where you want to go.

You can read more about how I work here.

Sarah Collard

Sarah Collard

Person-Centred Counsellor

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.

You can read more about how I work here.

Susannah Ross

Psychodynamic Therapist

I provide psychodynamic counselling support to adults and older teenagers (aged 18+) offering both short and long term work. I am a fully qualified counsellor (registered with BACP) and aim to provide a non-judgemental space where you can feel listened to and supported through whatever difficulties you may be experiencing. I aim to listen with compassion and genuine warmth. Perhaps it might feel daunting to take the first step into counselling but it’s ok to feel unsure. Hopefully, we can try and begin to think about what you are experiencing and delve a little deeper when you are ready. 

My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic which means we will think about how your past early experiences influence your present day relationships. The counselling sessions are an opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you, an opportunity to reflect within a safe therapeutic space by bringing whatever comes to mind and to help you on your way to feeling happier in yourself.

Helen Trinh

Helen Trinh

Integrative Trauma Practitioner

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.

Freya Lawlor

Person-Centred Counsellor 16+

I understand that starting counselling or finding a new therapist can be a daunting process. As such, my primary goal is to provide you with a warm and empathetic environment where you can feel comfortable as we embark on this journey together. I am particularly committed to creating a judgement-free space, allowing you the freedom to explore your emotions and experiences at your own pace. I am here to listen, provide support, and offer any coping strategies I think might be helpful. However, these sessions are client led. This is your journey, your life, and therefore we work together in a way that is most beneficial for you.

I am a member of the BACP and a fully qualified counsellor. I was trained in person-centred counselling, but over time, I have integrated various therapeutic approaches into my practice to meet the diverse needs of my clients. With experience in schools and universities as both a counsellor and a wellbeing workshop facilitator, I specialise in working with young people age 16+ and university students, and I have worked extensively with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm and low self-esteem.

You can read more about how I work here.

Alicia Howes

Children and Young People Counsellor

Hi, my name is Alicia. 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.

Hannah Parsons

Integrative Therapist

I am an Integrative Therapist and work from a person-centred foundation. This empowers you as the client to take responsibility for your own healing. I am not the expert on your life. This can feel daunting and frustrating when we want a quick fix.

Sometimes it can be helpful to look to the past to understand the blue prints that were laid down in our childhood and how this affects our current way of experiencing the world and our relationships. Defensive strategies learnt in childhood can easily be played out in present situations. Creating your own timeline can help you understand your story. Other elements I like to work with are the drama triangle, developing self compassion and body awareness, as well as the occasional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique! I am also trained in Rewind, a technique which helps to file away traumatic memories.

You can read more about how I work here. 

Siobhan Brereton

Person Centred Therapist for ages 11+

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

Person Centred Counsellor

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.

You can read more about how I work here.

Jo Connell
Nicola Clark

Nicola Clark

Integrative Therapist

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

Integrative Therapist

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

Psychodynamic Therapist

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.

Read more about how I work here.

Rebecca Burton

Integrative/Psychodynamic Therapist

I am a fully qualified, insured and experienced counsellor and have been working with people to improve their mental health for over 20 years.
The way I work is called Integrative which means I take the best of contemporary and also tried and tested, theories and models of what makes us tick, and apply these ideas to working with each individual. I usually work with people for as long as they want to come rather than a set number of sessions. We would typically look at experiences in early life alongside whatever is going on for you now, and over time look to liberate you from patterns of stuckness that have been holding you back.

As well as my independent practice I have worked in NHS primary care services and national charities over the course of my career. I am a Registered Member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics and professional conduct.

Counsellor Pablo Reina

Pablo Reina

Person Centred Counsellor

We all face times when our issues seem to surpass our coping capacity , when we struggle with intense difficult emotions or thoughts. Times when we might feel confused about our identity, relationships or our direction in life. Current times come with a new complexity, with more tools and resources but also unprecedented challenges.

One of the most important things we can do is to find a space where we can relate safely and reflect upon our life’s circumstances.

My aim is to help you identify what interferes with your psychological well being, to implement the tools that best help you transcend those issues.

I have been practicing as an integrative counselor for the last 6 years, in private practice and for different organizations. I also have wide experience supporting people with learning difficulties and a diverse range of mental health issues. I draw from different therapeutic models that have proven beneficial in fostering mental health: person-centred therapy, trauma-informed modalities, somatic experiencing and CBT.

I offer sessions in English or Spanish, in person and online.

You can read more about how I work here.

Adetoun Grant

Integrative Counsellor

Hello, I’m Adetoun and I’m an integrative therapist. This means that I can use a range of modalities to meet my client’s individual, personal and unique needs. However, my professional practice is rooted in person-centred and psychodynamic approaches, as I believe that these 2 modalities combined can be both empowering and enlightening.
Having worked several years within the NHS and then transitioning into a role as an operational lead for a mental health charity, I better understand a wide range of mental health issues and the internal and external factors which may impact upon these. This has helped to inform my work as a counsellor, as I have a deeper understanding of the often difficult challenges that we are presented with in life. Whether traumatic events, work, financial pressures, family conflicts, health concerns, or cultural and identity struggles to name just a few. I work with my clients to look deeply into these concerns, in a safe and manageable way and work towards resolution.

You can read more about how I work here.

Chris Foster

Chris Foster

Humanistic Counsellor

Hello, and welcome. I’m Chris and I’m a qualified humanistic psychotherapeutic counsellor with specialist training in bereavement, identity and working within the ASD & LGBTQ+ community. (I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative counsellor) Whatever life’s throwing your way, be it anxiety or an overwhelming feeling, I believe in treating the individual, and my approach focuses on exploring concepts such as growth, choice, understanding and meaning making.

Typically, you can expect a gentle beginning as we start to find your therapeutic needs via a person-centred approach which can then be built upon depending on those needs. I also draw from other schools within the humanistic tradition such as Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, and Existential therapies to aid and support you in the here-and-now.

Together, we can help you on a journey to find meaning behind what life is like for you with empathy, non-judgement, and warmth to find your true potential.

Read more about how I work here.

Akin Omobitan

Integrative Counsellor

Hello, my name is Akin. I am a counsellor trained in psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I help people who are dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression and stress, and who wish to experience change, healing and self-discovery.

I offer the therapeutic time and space needed for you to freely process issues affecting you, with help and without judgement. My counselling style involves me bringing myself, connecting with you and the two of us forming a sincere, therapeutic relationship. I am an integrative counsellor, meaning I use a range of counselling approaches based on your needs, your story, and the depth of our work.

My aim is to help you gain insights about yourself and your issues, to help you connect with your emotions and express yourself authentically. Together we will work towards growth, change, and healing. This can result in trusting yourself more, a reduction of internal conflict and you using your agency to make healthier decisions.

I understand counselling can be challenging, scary, frustrating, and unusual. It can, however, also be transformative.

Martin Conway

Martin Conway

Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor

I am an experienced Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor. I work with a range of clients with a variety of needs but have a great deal of experience in particular working with addiction, stress, anxiety, depression and long-term illnesses, particularly inflammatory bowel conditions.
I myself was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 9 years ago and found counselling to have been tremendously important in my recovery. I draw on my lived experience and have gone on to specialise in providing a program of sessions that are specifically designed to address the common issues linked with IBD and I would love to share them with you. I also have a great deal of experience working with addiction and trauma having worked for 2 years at an addiction clinic.
I provide a genuine, empathic and confidential space without judgement. I am a direct and holding therapist and care deeply about getting to the heart of your challenges and helping you to process, understand and grow as a result of this work.

Saski Gallagher

Integrative Counsellor

My name is Saski.  My aim is to create a warm and empathetic environment and to build a trusting relationship where you can share what matters to you, your worries, your struggles and your hopes. 

While it can feel daunting, therapy can provide a place where you can explore the challenges you face, increase your own self-awareness, and gain your own insights and understanding of changes you might want to make. 

I have experience of working with people experiencing both active addiction, and addiction at some previous point in their lives.  I also have experience of working with those facing anxiety and depression, people who have experienced trauma, ADHD, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, and how sexuality and gender identity might impact your life experience. 

I am an integrative counsellor and work in a client led way.  The foundation of my practice uses Person Centred Theory and my integrative approach allows me to use concepts from other theories that may be relevant to our work together. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. 

 

Saski Gallagher
Adriana Dorsett

Adriana Dorsett

Individual and Couples Therapist

Hello, my name is Adriana, I work as a Relationship Counsellor, which includes seeing individuals in relationships and individuals outside of relationships. So, all kinds of people come to me with something affecting their ‘love life’ that they want to talk about in a safe and confidential space. It means I work with a wide range of people that come with a wide range of tricky situations and experiences.

Regarding my approach, this varies. I trained and continue to work for Relate Relationship Counselling which is based on Psychodynamic and Systemic modalities; exploring the multitude of internal perspectives; and the ways our environment impacts us through culture, gender, class and education etc. I have Level 1 and 2 (IFIO) in Internal Family Systems (IFS), which is a modality that embraces our different contradictions.  I have qualified as a Focusing Practitioner, delving into our Felt Senses; a Writing for Wellbeing facilitator; and a Mediator. I also spent 3 years on helplines and facilitating crisis mental health groups speaking with women and men affected by Self-harm and sexual assault. And this is because I’m committed to working with people in an empathetic and supportive way to promote self-compassion and wellbeing.

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