Beth Davis registered MBACP/BPC Psychodynamic Counsellor
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
I have worked as a staff counsellor and assessor for many years within a large training and counselling organisation in Gloucestershire. I am registered with the BPC ( British Psychoanalytic Council) and BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I believe the issues you are struggling with are individual to you. You may need a confidential space to grieve a loss or have an addiction you feel powerless against and wish to gain some deeper understanding. I am experienced in tailoring my approach to fit your individual needs.
What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious and conscious thought processes. Sometimes experiences in the past can influence our present behaviour beyond our current awareness, causing difficulties with relationships and other important areas of life. I work to try and help you come to your own understanding of those influences and experiences, helping you to discover who you are and what you want out of life.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression can be a debilitating condition. You may feel disconnected to those around you, experiencing a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy. Depression can leave you feeling restless and irritable, it can affect your sleep patterns and energy levels making you feel hopeless, sad and empty. You may be suffering with panic attacks, overwhelming negative thoughts or social anxiety.
I have many years of experience working with clients who have suffering with depression and/or anxiety. Psychodynamic therapy can be beneficial when working with depressive symptoms to explore emotions you may not be fully aware bringing the unconscious parts of ourselves to be part of the present. Once this is in our conscious understanding we are able to make changes to our behaviour and this has an impact on our mood, life choices and our relationships.
Bereavement and Loss
Grief can be a complex process and everyone deals with grief in a very individual way. You may have lost a loved one or are coming to terms with multiple losses in your life. This could be through divorce, job loss, retirement or other significant life events that can affect our identity and how we perceive the world or how others perceive you.
Addiction can have a detrimental impact on your emotional and physical health, leading to broken relationships and significant health and financial difficulties.
Are any of the following behaviours familiar?
-Uncontrolled spending/ gambling
-Concealing or lying about your addictive behaviour which has in turn impacted on your relationships at home/work?
-Frequent or prolonged absence from work, college or university.
-Withdrawing from family and friends.
-Spending excessive amounts of time online.
I have worked with a great number of individuals who have managed to gain understanding of, and abstinence from, their addiction. Working on a deeper level psychodynamically to understand some of the root causes of clients’ addictions whilst using behavioural techniques and strategies which can be invaluable in aiding to ride difficult urges and help to maintain abstinence.
I feel the initial consultation session is very important, giving you time to see if you wish to work with me and whether the psychodynamic modality of counselling is suitable for your needs.
I offer open ended or time limited work ( 6 -12 sessions).
I strive to work ethically and with integrity. I update my knowledge regularly by attending continual professional development (CPD) seminars.
Training, qualifications & experience
- WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling trained at Gloucestershire Counselling Service.
- Gloucestershire Counselling Service Postgraduate Associate Award.
- Registered Member of the BACP ( British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and BPC ( British Psychoanalytic Council)
- Staff Counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2014-2017)
- Staff Assessment worker at Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2016-2017)
- Experience of working for a national gambling addiction charity (2014-2016)
- Experience of time limited and long term work
- Attend regular CPD ( continual professional development) workshops to enhance my clinical practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Initial Consultation 50 minutes £45
Weekly 50 minute session £45
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available Monday - Friday. Westbury - on -Trym and Cotham venues.
Types of client