About Us

About Us

Our therapists come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines: all have undergone either psychodynamic, psychoanalytic or integrative training. In addition to open-ended therapy, we offer short-term focused work and Art therapy.

All our counsellors and psychotherapists are registered and accredited by national certifying bodies: the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the UK Council for Psychotherapy or the British Psychoanalytic Council. We follow the Codes of Ethics and Practice of our accrediting bodies.  All our members and associates have professional indemnity insurance and are subject to regular DBS checks.

ACPS Members

The therapists below are the full members of the ACPS. As well as therapeutic work they are involved in the day-to-day running of the service

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Julian Cook

Julian is a counsellor and psychotherapist with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and an MA in Linguistics. He has been an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2007, and a member of ACPS since 2017. He has also completed a Graduate Development Programme at Gloucester Counselling Service and the Classical Theory module at Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. Julian has a particular interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis and is a member of a Bristol-based Lacan reading group. He is also a teacher and supervisor on the Diploma Programme at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Frome. Website: http://counselling-in-bristol.com/

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Sarah Dewsbery

Sarah is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and trained with the Arbours Association in London. On completion she gained a post in the NHS working in a hospital outpatients department in Surrey, where she worked for 15 years. Alongside this she maintained a private practice which she continues today, but now working from a consulting room in central Bristol. She has been registered with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) since 2001.

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Justine McCarthy

Justine is a psychotherapist with an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (Minster Centre) and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Minster Centre); she is accredited with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). She has nearly twenty years experience of working with adults in private practice, and of short-term work in several different agency settings. Her experience includes working with children and young people (Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in Schools, Wessex) and with couples (Advanced Certificate in Working with Couples, Tavistock Relationships). With an academic background in English Literature (PhD, Queen Mary University of London), she is a senior tutor at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling.

Paul North

Paul is a psychodynamic psychotherapist having completed his training at the Severnside Institute For Psychotherapy.
He has 19 years NHS experience and he is the Clinical Manager for The Harbour, a local counselling charity.
He is an accredited member of BACP (British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a registered member of BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and SIP (Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy). Paul is also a trained supervisor (Certificate in psychodynamic supervision from WPF)

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Jess Orlik

Jess is an integrative psychotherapist having completed a Masters in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). She works privately with individuals and couples in Bristol, and also works for BCPC as co-ordinator of their low cost counselling service.

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Adam Henry

Adam is a psychotherapist, having completed a Masters in integrative psychotherapy and a Diploma in counselling at the Minster Centre. He is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). Before joining the ACPS, he has been with Raphael—The Jewish Counselling Service. Adam has an interest and experience working with immigration and its impact on identity and belonging. He works in private practice with individuals in Bristol and online in both English and Hebrew. Website: http://www.adamhenrytherapy.com/

Livy Powell

Livy is an Art Therapist registered with HCPC and Baat, who is currently developing a private practice with ACPS. Since qualifying in 2007 she has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors with young and older people; specialising in adult mental health which includes learning difficulties, older age and mothers with PND. She has worked individually and in group work, with and without art materials. She is particularly interested in the nature of preverbal communication and sense of place. She has an active art practice.

Our Client Liaison Officer

Our Client Liaison Officer – Kate Hayler –  is the first person most people speak to when they contact us.  Kate answers enquiries, can advise about whether our service is suitable, or suggest other services where this is more appropriate.  She makes appointments for initial assessment sessions.

Network Associates

Where appropriate we sometimes refer clients to one of our Network Associates, who have to meet the same eligibility criteria as the full members, and are equally qualified and experienced therapists.

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Diana Chia

Diana is a psychodynamic counsellor registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.  She currently works privately with individuals in Bristol and has previously worked in various mental health charities and for the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service.  She has a special interest in how our early experiences influence the way we relate with ourselves and with others.

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Tina Duffy

Tina Duffy is a Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She completed a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) in 2007, and completed postgraduate studies with GCS in 2008. She also attended a Psychoanalytic Studies course at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. She is also a supervisor with a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision and a BCPC Approved Training Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Supervisor.

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Luke Fielder

Luke is an accredited counsellor with the BACP and a psychoanalyst in training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He has particular interest in the works of Freud and Lacan.

Luke trained at Gloucestershire Counselling Service, where he now tutors on the Diploma for Psychodynamic Counselling.

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Robert Holman

Robert is a counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), having qualified in 2014.  He has a private practice in Bristol, and has previously worked in the NHS and voluntary sector in London.  He is currently training with the Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy and is interested in what goes on beneath the surface of our lives – our dreams and fantasies, how and why we do certain things without realising, or why patterns keep repeating in life without us being aware of them.

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Richard Popp

Richard is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who is a member of the Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy, where he completed his training, and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Richard see’s private patients in Batheaston and in Bristol, https://richpopp.info Richard worked in both statutory and voluntary sector substance use and mental health services for many years and has particular interests in working with the elderly, those with climate anxiety and people exploring their identities.

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Julia Purser

Julia is a psychodynamic counsellor registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Julia works with adults and young people in both short-term and open-ended counselling, in private practice and within a secondary school setting. Julia comes from a background in the science of psychology and zoology and she integrates neurobiology perspectives along with evidence-based somatic techniques into her work.

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Sam Southey

Sam is a psychodynamic counsellor and an EMDR practitioner. Sam is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and a registered member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sam works with adults in both short-term and open-ended counselling, in private practice and within a charity setting. Sam comes from a background in learning and development.

ACPS Trustees

Our Trustees are people from a wide range of backgrounds who are responsible for the governance of the organisation, and who generously give their time to help the service run effectively.