Beth Davis - Registered Member MBACP (Accred) Psychodynamic Counsellor
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
I have many years of experience helping people gain a better understanding of themselves and their emotions. I have been privileged enough to have worked with people from all walks of life. People who to the outside world may look like everything is ok, but maybe struggling with some part of their life that is causing them emotional / and or physical distress. My training is in Psychodynamic counselling, which focuses on unconscious and conscious thought processes. Experiences in the past can influence our present behaviour beyond our current awareness, causing difficulties with relationships and other important areas of life.
Counselling provides a space where the focus is on you, your experience and how you make sense of the world.
I feel it can be immensely helpful to think about the past and how this has shaped us, but more importantly, how can this knowledge then be used to help in the present? What’s next? How can things be better? How can we move forward?
I integrate my practice with a cognitive and mindful approach. What does this mean? Sometimes it can be helpful for us to think about some copying strategies and techniques in-between sessions, particularly when dealing with anxiety and addictions.
You may have mixed feelings about your job or family, be struggling with a difficult work colleague or a fall out with a friend. Our sessions can also help you figure out why you may feel very oversensitive to people’s needs or you constantly feel lonely or empty.
Having counselling does not always mean you have to spend years in therapy, nor does it mean sitting in painful silences. Over time there may be room for some laughter too!
I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor with a WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
I trained with Gloucestershire Counselling Service for 5 years; after completing my diploma I continued to develop my skills further by attending a Postgraduate Associate Year and Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have a wealth of experience dealing with depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss. After my training I worked as a staff counsellor and assessment worker. During this time, I also worked for a national gambling charity, GamCare.
How can counselling help me?
Alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. (Panic attacks, over- thinking/ racing thoughts)
Helps with decision making and problem solving.
Helpful with understanding and recovering from addiction and or compulsions.
Allows space for you to explore and understand your core beliefs and values enabling you to make decisions and life choices that are right for you.
It may help to improve sleep problems, insomnia, nightmares.
Provides you with the resources to develop your own tools and strategies to help change your mood.
It can help you deal with your anger and frustrations in an appropriate way.
Helps you deal with the unknown and the anxious feelings this can create.
How long does counselling take?
Counselling is a process and dependant on your experience, so there is no hard and fast rule on how much you need.
Generally, a short term piece of work would be anything between 6 - 24 sessions. This may be to work through a particular issue you have where there is a focus to our work together.
Open-ended work would be a deeper experience, enabling you to explore many different aspects of your life. This can be beneficial if you have tried short term interventions in the past and it has not felt like enough.
I strive to work ethically and within my own skill level. If I feel that you would be better helped by another professional I will always refer.
Training, qualifications & experience
- WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling trained at Gloucestershire Counselling Service.
- Gloucestershire Counselling Service Postgraduate Associate Award.
- Registered Member MBACP ( Accred) ( British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
- Certificate in CBT skills - including NICE recommended interventions and IAPT competence framework for CBT. The Grove, London (2018)
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Initial Consultation 50 minutes : Free
Weekly 50 minute session £45
Maps & Directions
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