People usually come to psychotherapy because they are experiencing feelings which they don’t understand and which seem unfamiliar. Sometimes the feelings come from nowhere, sometimes they’re connected to particular events, such as bereavement or job changes, but feel out of proportion or overwhelming.
Any life change which makes demands on our resources can bring up feelings of anxiety, loss, depression, etc. Often these feelings are caused by difficult or painful past experiences which we are unaware of or haven’t taken seriously.
Psychotherapy helps us to become aware, to make sense of and resolve these feelings. Given time we can use this new awareness to help us make better choices for ourselves and deal more honestly with our relationships.
It’s important that the psychotherapist you choose to work with is someone who you feel you will be able to trust. An initial session will be offered to explore your needs and to help you make the best decision.
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MSc, Dip Int Psych., UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
(Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision, Consultancy)
Why consult with me
In my practice I work with individuals and couples who refer themselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these reasons are specific such as dealing with a crisis in life – bereavement, work problems, trauma. At other times people may have a vague sense that things are not right, that they are unfulfilled or that life lacks meaning. These may be experienced in many different ways, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, sexual problems or chronic physical symptoms. Many people come into therapy with significant imbalance between the level of support and the level of strain on their systems.
Some people also come specifically for personal exploration as a means of development rather than because something is problematic.
How I work
You will be treated with warmth and respect in private comfortable surroundings. You will have a safe confidential space to explore what is bothering you and I will neither judge nor trivialise your concerns. None of us can have too much kindness.
You will have an opportunity to take time to tell your story in relationship and to be met wherever or however you are.
Different people need to explore different aspects of themselves as relationships unfold and in the therapy I will be interested in all your relationships including the one with me.
My primary training is in integrative psychotherapy which bridges psychoanalytic and humanistic theories and is rooted in existential philosophy. Integrative psychotherapists use different ways of understanding people and their psychologies so therapy is tailored to the needs of the individual. It is therefore difficult to be very specific so these are pointers – perhaps to help you ask the questions that might interest you.
I offer holistic therapy and see it important to pay attention to the physical and spiritual aspects of the person as well as emotional and thinking aspects. I practice mindfulness meditation and see enormous benefit in slowing down and being as present as is possible.
After university I carried out scientific research and taught in secondary school for more than 10 years. It was there that I became interested in the psychology of learning and specifically why some pupils couldn’t make use of the education system. This led to training as a counsellor in a course based on the work of Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud.
I worked as head of the counselling team at the Terrence Higgins Trust and helped develop their services for people affected by HIV during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I studied Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institue (www.metanoia.ac.uk) between 1990 and 1995. I qualified in 1994 and gained my MSc in 1995 from Middlesex University. Since 1992 I have worked in private practice as a psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor and trainer.
I taught on the Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology course at Metanoia Institute for 7 years and have been a visiting trainer for different organisations. I have sat on exam boards in the UK and Europe and was the moderator for the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute courses for a number of years.
I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (www,psychotherapy.org.uk) and of Metanoia Institute, and adhere to their Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Longer term psychotherapy;
One off consultations – perhaps to talk through a problem or analyse a dream;
Clinical supervision and mentoring for psychotherapists and counsellors;
Consultancy including management supervision.
I believe it is always helpful to talk. Talking helps us uncover inner resources and get in touch with our deeper feelings. I offer the space to help you explore how you are feeling and to talk about whatever you need.
Working together we will build a unique relationship. I believe the relationship between us is very important, the foundation of our work together. Often the best way to work with difficulties in our lives is to gently turn and face them rather than looking away: I can support you in this work.
Choosing a talking therapy involves work by you, the client – it is not an easy, quick fix. When it works well, psychotherapy can have transformational results. Therapy can be long term and open-ended, although sometimes shorter term is enough. We can discuss this to work out what’s best for you.
I’ve spent many years working in the creative industries surrounded by inspiring people. People, and how they work, are my passion.
My own experience of therapy includes working with trauma, loss and bereavement, relationships, anxiety, depression, midlife passage, inclusion and identity issues.
I gained my first certificate in Counselling in 2005 from Thames Valley University and studied for my Masters in Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) 2009 – 2016. I am a full member of UKCP and abide by their code of ethics.
Please contact me for an appointments.
What is Core Process Psychotherapy?
Core Process is a mindfulness psychotherapy, the coming together of Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology and practice.
The work entails bringing awareness to thoughts, feelings and sensations, as they emerge in our moment by moment experience with ourselves and the world. This can support us in learning how to be in the moment, which means living fully and being who we are, as we are. It also means experiencing more depth, richness and freedom in our relationship with ourselves and others.
However, traumatic experiences that we have not been able to resolve often stand in the way of our capacity to be fully here, fully connected and fully alive. Unresolved trauma can give rise to feelings states such as: low self esteem, worthlessness, shame, isolation, depression, guilt, envy, fear, panic, depression, loss of meaning, disconnection and numbness. These feeling states can become overwhelming and overshadow the way in which we experience ourselves and others and ultimately affect our capacity to connect with life.
I offer a safe, non judgemental and confidential space were you can work through whatever it might be that stands in the way of you being free to be who you truly are.
Qualifications and experience
I completed a four and half years training with Karuna Institute and I hold a Masters in Core Process Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University. I am in the process of accreditation and I am a member of BACP and in regular supervision with an accredited supervisor. I have been running a private practice since 2011 and I have 30 years’ experience of working in the mental health arena and the drug and alcohol field.
Most of my work has involved working with trauma in areas such as sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, abortion, suicide, death, self harm, substance dependencies, relationship breakups, eating disorders and PTSD.
Free initial consultation: 50 minutes. I charge £45 per hour session, with a limited number of concessionary spaces.
People come to psychotherapy for many reasons. It may be that you are having difficulties in relationships, at work or in your family life. Others come because they find themselves repeating limiting or painful patterns of behaviour. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space in which your thoughts and feelings can be expressed and explored. In this way more of your experience is brought into conscious awareness, and this can lead to insight, integration and relief.
I undertook a Barefoot Practitioner Training in 2010. This was an integrative self-healing course working with meditations and conscious breath-work. The experience was transformative and inspired me to pursue a career as a therapist.
In 2012 I completed a certificate in counselling skills at WPF Therapy in London. Since then I have completed 5 years of an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy with Bath Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (BCPC). Next year I will qualify as a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) accredited psychotherapist. I have been working in private practice as a trainee psychotherapist since November 2013. I also work within the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist. Prior to starting in private practice I spent a year working as a counsellor with people experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use.
My background is in advice and support work in the voluntary sector, specifically in the fields of housing and homelessness. I have also worked with women who have experienced sexual exploitation.
Arranging an appointment
Please feel free to contact me on 07472661414 with any queries or to arrange an appointment. If I am not available you can leave a message and I will get back to you. Alternatively you can email me on [email protected]. Our first appointment is an opportunity for us to meet and talk about what brings you to therapy at this time. I can also answer any questions you may have about psychotherapy and how I work.
I charge £35 per session. This fee reflects my status as a trainee in my 6th and final year of training. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
I offer consultations for communication difficulties associated with relationships and life changes, when the usual ways of coping and support are insufficient or when the challenges involved are too much.
With over 30 years’ professional experience as a systemic practitioner, I have worked with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds in the independent, voluntary, private and public sectors.
Single consultations, short-term and longer work available.
My interests include Wellbeing, Parenting, Fatherhood, Work, Coping and Thriving, and Personal Development.
My range of work also includes:
– Working with young adults and their parents on communication
– One off “MOTs” for relationships and lifestyle
– Midlife and later- life transitions
– Assisting those who are using self-help/waiting for other services
– Consultations to family businesses
– Brief family work (average of 3 sessions) to support existing individual/group therapy
I am currently studying how everyday wisdom for living is acquired by men across the lifespan.
Over the years I have had experience of working with most presenting difficulties.
MSc Family Therapy
MSc Applied Social Studies- Coping with Work Stress
Member of UKCP
AFT (Association for Family Therapy)
Telephone: 07794 730 346
Email: [email protected]
Engaging in therapeutic work can be a rich and rewarding experience.
Sometimes it is driven by a desire to explore ourselves more deeply than everyday life allows us to, sometimes by an existential crisis or by a longer term sense of depression,anxiety, isolation etc.
We may want to ask for support in order to get a better understanding of and shift whatever it is that seems to be getting in the way of experiencing a greater sense of joy in life.
I provide a warm, safe and non-judgemental environment where we can be with and explore whatever thoughts,feelings and sensations may arise.
I aim to facilitate a process where each person can find their own answers and can naturally move towards a greater awareness and sense of well-being.
I am a therapist in training with Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (bcpc) and I am able to offer sessions at a reduced fee.
Please feel free to get in touch via phone or e-mail if you would like to arrange a free introductory session.
Trainee with the relevant indemnity insurance. £20 per session.
I believe that how we experience the world is organised by emotional filters. These are the result of our psychological and relationship history and the conscious and unconscious motivations underpinning them.
By mutually exploring how these factors impact our present experience, in a therapeutic context, we can work towards a richer understanding and awareness of our behaviour. This can facilitate deeper self-reflection and can alter and broaden how we perceive future experience and relationships.
I am currently a UKCP trainee psychotherapist. My training, through the BCPC in Bath, is integrative and encompasses a variety of different approaches. My background is in social research and education.
My areas of interest include trauma and unresolved childhood issues, identity, loss and bereavement, depression and anxiety, social anxiety, negative thought patterns and work and education-based stress.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. I believe that it is important for you to feel a positive connection with your therapist if you are to receive the most beneficial experience from Psychotherapy.
I believe that the healer is within you, but I also understand that it is difficult for anyone to self heal without support. My purpose is not only to assist you with the healing process, but also to facilitate your change and growth and help you to naturally awaken your own life supporting behaviours.
Personal growth and transformation
It is my belief that in order for us to truly achieve our full potential and live life in alignment with our true purpose, any healing should take into account all aspects of being, both internal and external, positive and negative. In doing so, together, we will work towards some of the following changes:
Trust and connection to self and others
Being able to express emotions freely
Freedom of spontaneity
Greater flow of energy
Being balanced, centred and grounded
I have over 5 years’ experience of working in Mental Health. I have spent the last three years supporting people through mental health crisis.
I am open to exploring Spirituality and working with issues relating to difference (including racial, cultural and class difference) and I am interested in working with developmental and relational trauma.
Code of Practice
I am a Psychotherapist in training with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. BCPC is a professional body with a code of ethics and practice to which I adhere. I am also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a trainee Psychotherapist.
I’d love to hear from you
If you feel that my approach resonates with you, then please contact me to arrange an initial meeting. This is an opportunity for us to find out more about each other and decide on the best path to take.
Training & Qualifications
I am currently studying for a MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I have also undertaken Mental Health and other related training.
Please visit my website for further information: selenareid.com
I am a compassionate and wholehearted counselling psychotherapist with accredited experience and in depth training. I provide a safe confidential space, where you can explore the way you feel about how your life is right now.
This process helps you to understand and reduce your anxiety and feelings of sadness, grief and depression. It improves your personal relationships, and will help you to feel better about yourself and your life. The patterns in which you may feel stuck may be explored and overcome here.
I work only with individual adults (16+)
The areas that I work with on a daily basis are: anxiety, feeling sad, depression, grief, family issues, relationship (or lack of) issues, abandonment, codependency, divorce/separation and self confidence. I also work regularly on the subject of binge eating.
My work at the Healing Centre is on Wednesday afternoons. I also work from my private therapy room on the edge of Knowle/ Totterdown.