Dr Camilla Stack - Counselling Psychologist and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
*Please note I am not currently taking on new clients*.
I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in central Bristol. I decided to train as a therapist after being greatly helped by psychotherapy myself, and now work with adults from all walks of life, and all ages and backgrounds, who come with a range of difficulties.
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. Part of this process involves gaining insight into how past experiences come to shape our present, which can lead to learning and practising new ways of interacting with and relating to ourselves and other people in our lives.
I have worked for over 12 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).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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. 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 pre-arranged cancellation, otherwise I ask for payment for missed sessions.