Dr Camilla Stack - Counselling Psychologist and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in central Bristol (Harbourside and St Andrew's Park). I work with adults from all walks of life, and all ages and backgrounds, who come with a range of difficulties in their lives.
I decided to train as a therapist after being helped by psychotherapy myself. Having a weekly space to talk through and make sense of life's difficulties, particularly in light of our past experiences, can have a profound and lasting effect on how we feel both within ourselves and in our relationships with other people. The therapy relationship is unique, in that it is not like the one we have with friends and family. Rather than an attempt to 'fix' things, or merely to sympathise, therapy is an exploratory conversation over time, where you have someone take an ongoing interest in your experiences of being you in the world. This allows space and time - rare minerals in modern life - to reflect on yourself in the context of a supportive relationship.
I have worked for over 10 years in both long and short term counselling and psychotherapy settings, and with all kinds of life experiences. I am open to working with almost any life issues, but I have a particular interest in major life transitions, which encompass significant stages like committing to, or breaking off a long term relationship, leaving home, having children, a career change or return to study, bereavement and retirement. I am also interested in working with people dealing with uncertainty or transition around gender and sexuality, or major psychological transitions such as the desire to separate from a particular community, culture, religion or world view.
With a grounding in the major approaches to human psychology (psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive/ behavioural), I work with each person differently, depending on who they are and what is going on (and has gone on) in their lives. As our work gets underway, you and I will think about what you need from therapy and find a way of working together which feels most useful.
Training, qualifications & experience
British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist
Health and Care Professions Council: Registered Counselling Psychologist
United Kingdon Council for Psychotherapy: Registered Integrative Psychotherapist
'Integrative', broadly speaking, means that I do not espouse a single school of thought in approaching human problems, but I believe that there are many ways of thinking about and understanding people.
I trained on the Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute in Ealing, London (www.metanoia.ac.uk), a joint programme with Middlesex University (www.mdx.ac.uk). This is a programme that combines a psychotherapy training with a professional psychology qualification involving a doctoral level research project (see below for my area of specialisation).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
For the past decade or so I have been engaged both personally and professionally with understanding institutions and institutional culture and its effects on individuals. My doctoral research explored the experiences of psychotherapy among ex Armed Forces members, and I have published and presented my findings at practitioner conferences.
An area of special interest to me is to work with people who have lived within institutional settings for part of their lives, including serving and ex-military personnel and their families, and those who have been educated at boarding school, brought up in institutional care, or have been involved with new religious movements or fundamentalist faith settings.
In a related field, I also have an interest in the area of vicarious trauma that can be suffered by those working closely with trauma survivors, such as those in the caring professions, social science researchers, humanitarian aid workers, (para)medics and police.
Therapy begins with an introductory hour long session, in which you and I will discuss your current situation, what you are looking for from therapy and whether I can help. It is about you finding out whether I am the right therapist for you, and us getting a feel for whether we might continue to work together.
Thereafter, I offer sessions which last an hour and take place at the same time and place each week. My fee for the introductory session and subsequent sessions is £65 for daytime appointments, and £75 for evening appointments (6pm or later). This weekly slot is yours for as long as you find therapy useful. As well as my holiday dates, I offer four additional sessions throughout the year where I will not charge for cancellation, otherwise I ask for payment for missed sessions.
I work from two locations in central Bristol at different points in the week. One is at 3 Redcliffe Parade East, Bristol BS1 6SW. There is a carpark immediately outside which charges £1 for an hour. The other is near St Andrew's Park, with free parking on this road and adjacent streets. Both locations have places to lock bikes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Although I am working on this, I am afraid that I do not currently have wheelchair accessibility, as the rooms I rent are either down or up flights of stairs.
Various, near Harbourside and St Andrew's Park. Please send me an email to find out whether and when I have availability.
Types of client