Matt Davis

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MA, PG Dip.
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Bristol, Avon, BS5
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About me

I offer individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, practicing in central Bristol, that offers a safe and secure space in which the person is supported to speak about the issues they wish to bring to the session. These may be, for example, issues around relationships, or problems with anxiety, depression or trauma. Or perhaps a desire to explore expectations or patterns of behaviour.

The developmental and supportive nature of the therapy aims to facilitate an understanding of one's unique circumstances and history, and how these relate to current or recurring issues.

This can help to contextualise and gain perspective with the things that can lead to distress and difficulties; or to help find a way through the seemingly impossible situations we find ourselves in. The terms 'psychoanalytic' or 'psychotherapy' refer to the belief that certain issues can relate to our own previous experiences and can inhabit us with less clarity than we require. Giving form and understanding to these issues, in a safe and empathetic environment, can begin to change one's relationship to them.

The sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. They are weekly because of the requirement to maintain continuity and develop the process of the sessions. Anything less frequent makes it more difficult to maintain these securely. 

The duration of the course of therapy can be discussed at the outset or decided further down the line. Depending on the nature of the issues brought some people require only a few sessions, while others prefer something much longer term.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially qualified as a Music Therapist - a psychodynamic form of psychotherapy - in 2006. This led to experience working in a variety of different settings, including the NHS, a children’s hospice as well as adult mental health groups and individual psychotherapy.

Over the last few years my practice has developed into a more psychoanalytic (Lacanian) approach that is more focussed on structure and relationship, in conjunction with the issues each person brings to the session.

I am working with adults on a 1-1 basis and provide a confidential and peaceful space in Central Bristol.

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

My standard fee is £55, and costs can be discussed and negotiated in line with personal circumstances.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekdays 9am to 5pm with some evening sessions available.

Further information

Located in Easton, Bristol, BS5 and also BS1.

Bristol, Avon, BS5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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