Dr. Meirav Dagan - HCPC, BABCP
Hi, I'm Meirav, I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and a CBT therapist practicing in Bristol. I have been working in mental health for over 10 years, across a number of different settings including NHS referrals. I specialised in adults' anxiety and coping with health conditions.
If you are struggling with anxiety, distress, or major life changes and looking for a way to move forward, or maybe you have been diagnosed with a physical health condition and are looking for ways to cope with it - I can help.
I offer psychological therapy using several psychotherapy approaches for example: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have diverse experience working with adults coping with different psychological symptoms and physical health conditions. I have strong theoretical, clinical, and evidence-based knowledge and skills in long-term as well as acute physical health conditions, medically unexplained symptoms and their associated mental health difficulties.
My aim is to help you overcome your hurdles, transform your life into the one you would like to live, and give you the skills and techniques to become your own therapist. I strongly believe that every client is unique and I adapt the therapy to suit your needs and goals. I am passionate about enabling people to have healthier and happier lives with the benefit of psychological knowledge and practice.
If you would like to find out more about me or how I work, please do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
- HCPC Registered Health Psychologist
- BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist
- BPS charted member
- Professional indemnity insurance with Howden
- Insurance - currently registered with Aviva, AXA, and VitalityHealth.
- Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at Exeter university, UK (2017)
- Doctor of Health Psychology at the University of Groningen, Netherlands (2014)
- MA in Health Psychology at The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Israel (2007)
- BA in Behavioural Science at The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Israel (2005)
To keep up to date with the BPS, HCPC and BABCP standards, I undertook the following training:
- 2018 - Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
- 2018 - Working with young people and gambling addictions
- 2018 - Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- 2018 - Sexuality in the therapy room
- 2018 - Risk and Safeguarding
- 2018 - sleep management
- 2016 - CBT for couples
- 2016 - Advance decisions to refuse treatment ("Living Wills")
Over the years I have worked extensively with people coping with Depression and Anxiety (such as: OCD, health anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety, phobias) as well as Physical Health Conditions, such as Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Diseases, to name a few.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long and acute medical conditions:
The diagnosis of a serious physical health problem begins a period of significant distress and adjustment for the individual as well as their significant others. Unfortunately, the psychological aspects of coping with physical health problem are often overlooked.
Chronic health condition may affect your quality of your life in different ways such as:
· causing anxiety and depression
· affecting sleep patterns
· limiting your ability to work
· increasing your dependency on others
· affecting how you see yourself e.g. body image
· increasing feelings of social isolation
There comes a time when support is needed from a certified professional to learn how to cope better with many of the life’s challenges you may experience. My goal is to support you in your journey of coping with your health condition and help you transform your life into the one you would like to live.
In my work I recognised the need for psychological support not only for the individuals who were diagnosed but also to those close to them. Often caregivers do not take the time and energy to promote their well-being and therefore are often suffering from chronic distress. You can use the time of our sessions to work on issues related to distress coming from supporting a loved one.
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What to Expect:
Initial Telephone Chat
I know that the first step in seeking support can be the hardest. You want to find a therapist that meets your needs and you feel comfortable working with. To assist you with that first step, I offer a free initial 15 minutes phone chat to see whether we would be a good fit to work together.
Following the telephone chat, the initial consultation may last for up to an hour. During the initial consultation we will talk about your main concerns, what you are hoping to gain from the therapy, as well as how could we work together to achieve your personal goals. Sessions cost £80- £120 depending on the appointment time, please visit my website for more information. I offer some reduced session fees are occasionally available for those on low incomes or on benefits, do not hesitate to ask for availability.
Attendance at Sessions
After the first session, consultations are 50 minutes. Attendance is normally weekly unless we have agreed on another arrangement. It is important that you arrive on time as I cannot extend the length of the session.
Cancellations, Lateness and Holidays
Your therapy time is reserved for you. Therefore, late cancellations, less than 48 hours before your appointment are charged at 50%. Less than 24 hours or if you simply do not turn up without notifying me, you will be charged the full rate. If you cannot come to the session and wish to have telephone session instead (at the time of your appointment) this is also possible. If you are late the session will finish at the agreed time, in order to accommodate my next patient.
Your time is as valuable as mine. I offer a reciprocal cancellation policy, which means that if I am late to cancel your appointment (less than 48 hours) you will get 50% off the following appointment. Less than 24 hours, your next session is free. If I were ever to be late I would make up the time or reimburse you accordingly. When taking a holiday I will give you plenty of notice and I ask you to do the same.
Clients covered by medical insurance
If you are considering of using your health insurance, please check with your insurance provider for the requirements for accessing therapy through them. The fee for a fifty minute session on weekdays for health insured clients is £110. Written confirmation will be required before sessions can be booked. Charges to health insurance companies are higher due to the administrative tasks involved. I am currently registered with Aviva, AXA, and VitalityHealth.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early morning and evening appointments are occasionally available.
Some limited spaces on Saturdays.
Types of client