Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Bristol

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Charlene Thomson
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS2  (Online Only)
I work with people experiencing difficulties relating to anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship difficulties, domestic and sexual violence and long-term health conditions.
We can all find life overwhelming at times - whether we're struggling with life circumstances or events, experiencing relationship problems, emotional difficulties or just feeling stuck. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to share and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. The therapy I offer is tailored to the specific areas you are seeking support with and I focus on developing our therapeutic relationship to support you to gain the most from therapy.
I work with people experiencing difficulties relating to anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship difficulties, domestic and sexual violence and long-term health conditions.
We can all find life overwhelming at times - whether we're struggling with life circumstances or events, experiencing relationship problems, emotional difficulties or just feeling stuck. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to share and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. The therapy I offer is tailored to the specific areas you are seeking support with and I focus on developing our therapeutic relationship to support you to gain the most from therapy.
029 2271 2587 View 029 2271 2587
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Dr Jonathan Kenyon
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
I specialise in EMDR therapy for PTSD/trauma work (see New You EMDR on Facebook).
You may have feelings of dissatisfaction and a sense that you are not getting all that you want from life. You may be finding that every day is a struggle with strong, even overwhelming, feelings of depression, anxiety, stress or anger. I believe we all strive to feel happier and more fulfilled than we currently are. We want to feel a connection with other people and to have a sense that we are leading meaningful, enjoyable lives - even when we feel at a loss as to how to achieve this. I help people overcome their difficulties to become happier, more psychologically healthy and experience an improved quality of life.
I specialise in EMDR therapy for PTSD/trauma work (see New You EMDR on Facebook).
You may have feelings of dissatisfaction and a sense that you are not getting all that you want from life. You may be finding that every day is a struggle with strong, even overwhelming, feelings of depression, anxiety, stress or anger. I believe we all strive to feel happier and more fulfilled than we currently are. We want to feel a connection with other people and to have a sense that we are leading meaningful, enjoyable lives - even when we feel at a loss as to how to achieve this. I help people overcome their difficulties to become happier, more psychologically healthy and experience an improved quality of life.
0117 463 0480 View 0117 463 0480
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Dr Priya Palmer
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Reaching out for help can be the hardest first step. You may be feeling stuck or struggling to get through the day. I work with a range of difficulties: PTSD, low mood, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem, self-criticism, birth trauma and difficult life experiences.
Reaching out for help can be the hardest first step. You may be feeling stuck or struggling to get through the day. I work with a range of difficulties: PTSD, low mood, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem, self-criticism, birth trauma and difficult life experiences.
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Samantha Lloyd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I have experience of working with clients experiencing a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, low mood, PTSD, stress and burnout, low self-esteem and shame. I am experienced in working with trauma, adjustment to major life events, loss and bereavement. I also have a special interest in clinical health psychology and in supporting individuals who are experiencing health related emotional difficulties, such as adjusting to living with a diagnosis or physical symptoms, anxiety, low mood or treatment related trauma. I draw flexibly upon a range of evidence based approaches tailored to the individual and their needs.
I have experience of working with clients experiencing a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, low mood, PTSD, stress and burnout, low self-esteem and shame. I am experienced in working with trauma, adjustment to major life events, loss and bereavement. I also have a special interest in clinical health psychology and in supporting individuals who are experiencing health related emotional difficulties, such as adjusting to living with a diagnosis or physical symptoms, anxiety, low mood or treatment related trauma. I draw flexibly upon a range of evidence based approaches tailored to the individual and their needs.
0117 463 0041 View 0117 463 0041
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Andrea Herbert
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
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Meera Phull
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16
We all have emotions and sometimes they don't match up to the way we want to be feeling. I believe that is as good a reason as any to invest the time to learn skills to help improve the way you feel. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, lacking confidence or simply not feeling yourself, my role is to help you learn how to feel better.
We all have emotions and sometimes they don't match up to the way we want to be feeling. I believe that is as good a reason as any to invest the time to learn skills to help improve the way you feel. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, lacking confidence or simply not feeling yourself, my role is to help you learn how to feel better.
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Hannah Raine-Smith
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
This includes post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but I see many mental health issues as the result of this traumatic stress.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
This includes post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but I see many mental health issues as the result of this traumatic stress.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
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Ashleigh Hennessy
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS6
I offer a safe, non judgemental space for you to air your thoughts and work through any struggles you may be facing at your own pace. Areas I have the most experience with include anxiety, PTSD, bereavement, anger management, family and relationship issues, disability and chronic illness. Although counselling can't change the past, it can help change your perspective, giving you the strength and resilience to be able to thrive despite the challenges you are facing!
I offer a safe, non judgemental space for you to air your thoughts and work through any struggles you may be facing at your own pace. Areas I have the most experience with include anxiety, PTSD, bereavement, anger management, family and relationship issues, disability and chronic illness. Although counselling can't change the past, it can help change your perspective, giving you the strength and resilience to be able to thrive despite the challenges you are facing!
01633 603769 View 01633 603769
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Soul Connection Counselling
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS34
Hello and welcome, I'm Remona. It can be really hard choosing a Therapist when life feels so very difficult already, hopefully I can help you make up your mind. Are you feeling helpless, hopeless and disconnected from life?  Lonely, depressed or struggling with your relationships? Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, stress or PTSD symptoms that impact you on a daily basis. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck in a rut and not sure where to go. Life can often feel messy, but no matter how big or how small your problem feels, we can work together to help you reach a more stable place.
Hello and welcome, I'm Remona. It can be really hard choosing a Therapist when life feels so very difficult already, hopefully I can help you make up your mind. Are you feeling helpless, hopeless and disconnected from life?  Lonely, depressed or struggling with your relationships? Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, stress or PTSD symptoms that impact you on a daily basis. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck in a rut and not sure where to go. Life can often feel messy, but no matter how big or how small your problem feels, we can work together to help you reach a more stable place.
0117 325 2866 View 0117 325 2866
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Renata Konigsman
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Waitlist for new clients
Hello & welcome to my psychotherapy practice. I mainly work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety issues and trauma/ PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I have been working in private practice since 2009 but also have experience of working as a psychotherapist for the NHS for 10 years. I’m here to help you work through things. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, worry, depression, past trauma and want to have a better quality of life, there are ways to achieve that. My aim is to help you with the symptoms you are experiencing, so you can function better, and feel calmer and happier.
Hello & welcome to my psychotherapy practice. I mainly work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety issues and trauma/ PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I have been working in private practice since 2009 but also have experience of working as a psychotherapist for the NHS for 10 years. I’m here to help you work through things. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, worry, depression, past trauma and want to have a better quality of life, there are ways to achieve that. My aim is to help you with the symptoms you are experiencing, so you can function better, and feel calmer and happier.
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Jessica Turner
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS15
I specialise in working with trauma and the impacts of trauma. Whether you have a diagnosis of (c)PTSD or you're working through traumatic memories, I can help you rebuild your life and reclaim your identity. The impacts of trauma can vary widely and you may experience difficulties with anxiety/depression, relationships, at work, in friendships, in your health, your quality of sleep, and general day-to-day life. You're not alone and we can work through this together. Visit my website to find out more: www.therapy-with-jessica.com. I offer sessions online or from the idyllic Sycamore House in Kingswood, Bristol.
I specialise in working with trauma and the impacts of trauma. Whether you have a diagnosis of (c)PTSD or you're working through traumatic memories, I can help you rebuild your life and reclaim your identity. The impacts of trauma can vary widely and you may experience difficulties with anxiety/depression, relationships, at work, in friendships, in your health, your quality of sleep, and general day-to-day life. You're not alone and we can work through this together. Visit my website to find out more: www.therapy-with-jessica.com. I offer sessions online or from the idyllic Sycamore House in Kingswood, Bristol.
0117 463 3830 View 0117 463 3830
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Mindscape Therapies Ltd
MA
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Hello, I'm Kate, a skilled, inclusive, LGBTQ+ friendly, creative, warm, empathic and well qualified HCPC registered therapist. I was an NHS practitioner for 22 years (til 2022) in CAMHS and adult mental health services, and have also practised privately for 17 years! I offer clinical hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to children, adolescents and adults. I specialise in working with people with complex trauma (C-PTSD), and with other mental health needs, such as anxiety, phobias and depression. I also support people to develop a healthy relationship with their body and with food.
Hello, I'm Kate, a skilled, inclusive, LGBTQ+ friendly, creative, warm, empathic and well qualified HCPC registered therapist. I was an NHS practitioner for 22 years (til 2022) in CAMHS and adult mental health services, and have also practised privately for 17 years! I offer clinical hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to children, adolescents and adults. I specialise in working with people with complex trauma (C-PTSD), and with other mental health needs, such as anxiety, phobias and depression. I also support people to develop a healthy relationship with their body and with food.
0117 463 7184 View 0117 463 7184
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Shaun Featherstone
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Areas we can work with - anxiety, depression, trauma, sadness, stress, PTSD, addiction recovery, abuse.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a psychotherapist in training, studying at the Karuna Institute. I offer Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy; this approach is holistic and an embodied psycho-spiritual psychotherapy that is underpinned by Mindfulness. Together we explore the parts of your life you wish to bring in a warm, confidential, safe and supportive space. As we progress deeper, awareness and understanding of how things are for you will be revealed as we move towards building a more accepting and loving relationship with yourself.
Areas we can work with - anxiety, depression, trauma, sadness, stress, PTSD, addiction recovery, abuse.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a psychotherapist in training, studying at the Karuna Institute. I offer Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy; this approach is holistic and an embodied psycho-spiritual psychotherapy that is underpinned by Mindfulness. Together we explore the parts of your life you wish to bring in a warm, confidential, safe and supportive space. As we progress deeper, awareness and understanding of how things are for you will be revealed as we move towards building a more accepting and loving relationship with yourself.
0117 463 4602 View 0117 463 4602
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Jessica Hunter
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS32
Waitlist for new clients
I am a clinical psychologist with substantial experience of working with individuals with personality difficulties (with or without a formal diagnosis of personality disorder), PTSD, and complex trauma. Other areas of clinical expertise include anxiety, burnout, low self-esteem, dissociation and low mood. In therapy I aim to bring compassion to the ways people have learned to cope with adversity and emotional pain. I welcome anyone who is looking to understand themselves and their coping styles better, and/or is seeking ways to break cycles and gain new skills to help them move forwards in their lives.
I am a clinical psychologist with substantial experience of working with individuals with personality difficulties (with or without a formal diagnosis of personality disorder), PTSD, and complex trauma. Other areas of clinical expertise include anxiety, burnout, low self-esteem, dissociation and low mood. In therapy I aim to bring compassion to the ways people have learned to cope with adversity and emotional pain. I welcome anyone who is looking to understand themselves and their coping styles better, and/or is seeking ways to break cycles and gain new skills to help them move forwards in their lives.
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Anna Browne
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
Waitlist for new clients
I offer therapy and supervision and have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: CPTSD, PTSD, and DID; dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and links to childhood trauma. 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I'm a member of UKCP, BCPC, and ISST-D and have specialist trauma training.
I offer therapy and supervision and have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: CPTSD, PTSD, and DID; dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and links to childhood trauma. 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I'm a member of UKCP, BCPC, and ISST-D and have specialist trauma training.
0117 456 5291 View 0117 456 5291
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Nick Morecroft Trauma Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
Trauma focussed therapy for those with PTSD or life affecting issues. Delivered within a caring and warm professional relationship, supporting you to explore and resolve past events and situations in order to move forwards with your life. Suitable for anyone looking to engage and work on their issues, benefitting from the combined effort and professional guidance.
Trauma focussed therapy for those with PTSD or life affecting issues. Delivered within a caring and warm professional relationship, supporting you to explore and resolve past events and situations in order to move forwards with your life. Suitable for anyone looking to engage and work on their issues, benefitting from the combined effort and professional guidance.
07463 189639 View 07463 189639
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Christina Elizabeth Lee
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
01276 543408 View 01276 543408
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The Child Psychiatric & Psychological Consultants
Psychotherapist, PsychD, ACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
We provide medical psychiatric & psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment for Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, gender dysmorphia, eating disorders, tic disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, self-harm, psychotic disorders and emotional dysregulation and more. We have over 20 years’ experience working in various CAMHS mental health settings with extensive experience and knowledge. The service is clinically led by a consultant child psychiatrist and a consultant child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist who both trained in the NHS who have provided clinical leadership for services.
We provide medical psychiatric & psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment for Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, gender dysmorphia, eating disorders, tic disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, self-harm, psychotic disorders and emotional dysregulation and more. We have over 20 years’ experience working in various CAMHS mental health settings with extensive experience and knowledge. The service is clinically led by a consultant child psychiatrist and a consultant child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist who both trained in the NHS who have provided clinical leadership for services.
01452 687104 View 01452 687104
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Melissa McCallum
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS10  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Melissa. If you experience PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Anxiety, Depression or Low self esteem, I hope to help you to process the trauma, learn to build and maintain relationships with yourself and others, revive a positive view of yourself and to provide a space for you to talk and feel heard.
Hi I'm Melissa. If you experience PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Anxiety, Depression or Low self esteem, I hope to help you to process the trauma, learn to build and maintain relationships with yourself and others, revive a positive view of yourself and to provide a space for you to talk and feel heard.
01793 540461 View 01793 540461
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Michael Cousin
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
My experience is broad, I am happy to work with clients at any stage of life. An art psychotherapists’ training is extensive and intensive over a three-year period, and it provides us with a framework that can be used to support a client with any mental health struggle up to the most complex issues. I have significant experience with clients who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I also have wide ranging experience of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
My experience is broad, I am happy to work with clients at any stage of life. An art psychotherapists’ training is extensive and intensive over a three-year period, and it provides us with a framework that can be used to support a client with any mental health struggle up to the most complex issues. I have significant experience with clients who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I also have wide ranging experience of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
029 2271 2637 View 029 2271 2637

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Trauma and PTSD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.