Reza Ahmad Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP (Reg)
I have a private practice in Eastville, Bristol, working with individuals and couples.
I offer a reduced cost introductory meeting to help you decide whether to work with me (see Fees section below)
How Counselling or Psychotherapy can help
As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist I provide a safe, confidential relationship of earned trust within which you can explore the issues that feel important to you. I will support you to be present with whatever feels difficult, stuck and unresolved. When you meet your experience with compassion and openness, change and growth occurs naturally. This process involves getting in touch with your strengths and resources as well as attending to difficulties. It is a journey of recovering, discovering and deepening the core qualities within you such as compassion, clarity, confidence, creativity, connectedness, wisdom and love.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues such as: bereavement, family, health, stress, sadness and anger. The areas that I specialise in are depression, anxiety, abuse, low self-esteem and relationship issues. I work both shorter-term (counselling) and longer-term (psychotherapy). As my approach is holistic it includes working with the body ('body process'). This can include working with touch if we both feel that may be helpful and appropriate. I always ask for permission before making any kind of therapeutic physical contact.
My core training was in Gestalt Therapy. I am also a trained Internal Family Systems Therapist. I have an extensive background in meditation practice, including mindfulness, which I integrate with my therapeutic practice.
All of my work is grounded in the power of awareness, wisdom and compassion inherent to us all, that enables us to clearly see the nature of our experience, to dissolve the causes of our suffering and to fulfil our potential in our daily lives.
In the heart of difficulty lie the seeds of growth and change.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Internal Family Systems Level 1
Continuing Professional Development Trainings:
- Sexual Abuse and Related Issues
- Working with Anger
I have worked in a wide range of settings across the private, public and voluntary sectors including a charity for Disabled People in Torquay, the NHS in Exeter and as a counsellor in a G.P. surgery. I have experience with a diverse range of clients amongst the general public including the elderly, young people, people with disabilities (physical and learning difficulties), carers, and people of ethnic minorities.
Professional Organisational Membership:
I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am on its Accredited Register and I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Lack of life purpose or direction
I offer a reduced cost introductory meeting to help you decide whether to work with me (see below).
Introductory meeting: £25
One-to-one: £36 - £46 per session (sliding scale)
Couples Counselling: £55 per session
All sessions last 60 minutes
I offer some concessions, on the basis of a sliding scale, for ongoing sessions for students and those on a low income. If you are in need of a concession we can discuss this during an introductory meeting.
About Reduced Cost Introductory Meetings:
Choosing a therapist to work with can be a daunting process and expensive if you want to meet more than one. That is why I offer a reduced cost introductory meeting.
An introductory meeting is aimed at providing you with whatever experience and information you need to be able to decide if you would like to begin working with me. It is an opportunity for you to tell me about what you are needing support with, to ask any questions you may have and to get a sense of how we might work together. Also, it gives you some time to get a sense of me. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is vital to the work so it is important that you feel some kind of resonance, or ease, with whomever you choose to work with.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mon-Fri, Daytime and Evenings
Types of client