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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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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Charlotte Collin

Charlotte comes from a background in languages and literature. She trained as a counsellor at the University of Wales and completed an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute. Charlotte worked in the NHS for several years before joining ACPS in 2002. She is particularly interested in the ways that our early experience can shape our response to current difficulties.

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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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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. Website: http://counselling-in-bristol.com/

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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.

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.

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)

Our Client Liaison Officer

Our Client Liaison Officer – Abbie Dubicki –  is the first person most people speak to when they contact us.  Abbie 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. Abbie is also a qualified Psychotherapist.

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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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.

Lucinda Gomiaga

Lucinda is an experienced and accredited psychotherapist with a Diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She trained at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and qualified in 2008.

She works in private practice offering both long and short-term work with adults. She holds Individual psychotherapy and counselling sessions from consulting rooms located at 11 Orchard Street, Central Bristol and also online via zoom.

She has long experience of working within the NHS and Hospice care, working with individuals with serious health concerns, emotional trauma, anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties and with loss and bereavement.’

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Celia Snow

Celia is an experienced psychotherapist with an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and is an accredited member of UKCP. She has a particular interest in working with crises, focussing on meaning, purpose and potential. The work may include mindfulness, a practice which can enable clients to step back from belief systems and ways of thinking about themselves and their world in order to help them understand their experiences rather than believing them to be who they really are. Celia also has many years of experience in short term, focussed counselling.

ACPS Graduate Associates

Our Graduate Associates are fully qualified but are at an early stage of their career and are able to offer therapy at a reduced fee.

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.