I am a Family Therapist with 10 years of working in Children's Mental Health services and latterly with Gender Identity issues. I offer Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, which usually means convening a group of family members together to talk about an issue which has become stuck. I leave it up to you to decide who to invite, and I welcome members of the extended family; children and adults; stepfamilies; adopted families; and gay and lesbian families. Sometimes people bring along friends who are closely involved with the family, and I am pleased to welcome anyone who you feel is important to be there. I also offer to see individuals by themselves, where the issues seem to be related to family difficulties, and sometimes people bring family members along later after forming an initial impression about what the work might offer. I am interested in hearing about strengths and resources, and exploring how these might be utilised to resolve difficulties I usually offer a three session assessment, during which we will think about the issues that have brought you to therapy, and you can make a decision about whether this is the right relationship in which to explore the issues further.
What is Family Therapy?
Family Therapy is about helping families, couples, and other groups of people who care about each other to find ways of negotiating difficulties in their relationships. All families experience changes at different times, whether these are predictable life events such as becoming a parent or retirement, or unpredictable changes like illness or relationship breakdown. Sometimes difficulties in relationships can feel stuck, and Family Therapy can offer opportunities to explore difficulties in a safe space, to help everyone hear each other’s views, to build on strengths, and to make useful changes in the way that they are relating to each other. Family Therapy takes a non-judgemental stance and aims to be respectful of each person’s beliefs, culture, life experiences, and differences. I do not have a preconceived idea about what we should be discussing or how a family ‘should’ be, but rather I will be interested in your particular context and will negotiate with you how we can work towards the changes you want to see in your life. I see families in the Practice Rooms in Westbury on Trym, Bristol.
I have a small private practice, and am available on Monday and Wednesday mornings. At times I also have availability for evening sessions, so please contact me if this is your preference. Usually schools will allow children to have Family Therapy appointments during school time, and I can write a letter confirming the appointments if this is important. Employers are also increasingly likely to allow time off for appointments that will support someone’s mental health and again I can write letters to employers if this is helpful. It is not necessary to have weekly appointments and we would usually arrange appointments fortnightly or even less frequently.
Complete the form below with your details and therapy requirements - Philippa will then contact you to discuss making a booking....