Reza Ahmad MBACP (Reg) Gestalt Counsellor & Psychotherapist
80 Hamilton House
I am a fully qualified Gestalt Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Choosing a therapist to work with can be a daunting process and expensive if you want to meet more than one. That is why I offer a reduced cost introductory meeting.
An introductory meeting is aimed at providing you with whatever experience and information you need to be able to decide if you would like to begin working with me. It is an opportunity for you to tell me about what you are needing support with, to ask any questions you may have and to get a sense of how we might work together. Also, it gives you some time to get a sense of me. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is vital to the work so it is important that you feel some kind of resonance, or ease, with whomever you choose to work with.
I have a private practice in Bristol working from 2 locations: Hamilton House in Stokes Croft (BS1) and Eastville (BS5).
How Counselling or Psychotherapy can help
Counselling and psychotherapy offer you the opportunity to talk about any difficulties, distress or confusion you may be experiencing in a completely safe and confidential space.
Gestalt Therapy (counselling and psychotherapy) emphasises the growth of awareness. My role as a therapist is to support this growth in you so that you come to see things more clearly and develop your capacity to meet all of your life-experiences in a healthy way.
We will explore whatever you choose to bring at a pace that is determined by you. Developing awareness in therapy sessions will help you to bring the same awareness into the context of your everyday life. This process focuses not only on your difficulties but also explores your resources. For this reason it is a journey of recovering and/or deepening your essential capacities and qualities such as vitality, confidence, insight, power, joy and love.
Gestalt Therapy is suitable for a wide range of issues, including those listed below. I specialise in the following areas: depression, anxiety, abuse, low self-esteem, and relationships. I work both short-term (counselling) and long-term (psychotherapy) according to your needs. I also offer couples therapy.
All of my work is grounded in the power of awareness, wisdom and compassion inherent to us all, that enables us to clearly see the nature of our experience, to cut through the causes of our suffering and to realise our natural potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Continuing Professional Development Trainings:
- Sexual Abuse and Related Issues
- Working with Anger
I have worked in a wide range of settings across the private, public and voluntary sectors including a charity for Disabled People in Torquay and the NHS in Exeter.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also specialise in issues involving cultural differences.
I offer a reduced cost introductory meeting to help you decide whether to work with me.
Introductory meeting (individuals): £20
Ongoing counselling/psychotherapy (individuals): £40
Introductory meeting (couples): £25
Ongoing couples counselling: £50
All sessions last 60 minutes
I have a limited number of concessions available for students and those on a low income. If this applies to you then we can discuss this during an introductory meeting.
Some people may need or want a specifically touch-oriented style of therapy rather than counselling or psychotherapy. With Somatic Presence I use touch to develop a dialogue in the language of physical sensation, energy and movement. This draws the focus of your attention out of your thoughts and into your body, thereby increasing body awareness and providing the conditions necessary for you to discover new healthier modes of being and moving. The balancing and rejuvenating effect of this bodywork means that it is helpful for a range of issues, especially chronic tension, stiffness and associated pain (e.g. headaches), stress and stress-related conditions, pain from illness or injury, depletion and anxiety.
I will work with you whilst you lie on a couch or sitting according to your need. You will remain fully clothed but please wear loose clothing which is not very thick.
I offer a reduced cost introductory session.This session begins with time for you to tell me about what you need support with and to ask any questions you may have. We then continue with the bodywork itself and finish with a little time for you to reflect on and integrate the experience.
Introductory session: £25
Somatic Presence (bodywork): £35
Sessions last 60 minutes
I have a limited number of concessions available for students and those on a low income. If this applies to you then we can discuss this during an introductory session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Sat, Daytime and Evenings
Types of client