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Chartered Clinical Psychologist -Supervisor

Hello! I’m Eleonore.  I am a Clinical Psychologist and I enjoy working with my clients as much today as when I first started out over 10 years ago.  There are many things to love about this job but perhaps the thing I appreciate most is seeing my clients’ self-understanding and sense of mastery grow.  Being the person who gets to help my clients on this road is a privilege, and to see things improving for them over the course of therapy is a joy.

Qualifications and experience

I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology at University College London and started my career working with adults in a community NHS team.  Since then, I have worked in different NHS services and now hold a principal clinical psychologist post where I work with older adults. I’ve supported clients experiencing many kinds of difficulties: sometimes we’ve worked on things that have come to the surface recently, and sometimes the focus has been on something that they’ve been struggling with for years.  I’ve worked with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, psychosis, the effects of trauma, and interpersonal difficulties, to name a few. Whatever the symptom or identified problem, we’ve worked together to try and find a way forward that feels right and meaningful to the client.

My approach to therapy

I believe the sense of “fit” a client has with their therapist is all important. This provides the foundation for a good therapeutic relationship which is, in my view, essential for therapy to be useful.  With that in mind, it is worth noting that I am very much myself in sessions – friendly, informal and relaxed.  I hope that this helps create balance during a process which is difficult at times.  In terms of the specific therapeutic approaches I use, I draw on different evidence-based models (see below) and adapt to my clients’ needs.  My clinical training and experiences have taught me that what happens between sessions is as important as what happens within them.  I therefore encourage my clients to put into practice what is discussed in therapy and try out new things in the days between sessions; the ultimate goal being that they will then be able to take forward and diversify learnings beyond therapy. 

Current work and interests

I am interested in strengths-based approaches, such as trauma informed practice and the recovery model. These have underpinned much of my work to date and continue to guide my clinical practice. I am also in the process of completing my EMDR training and am looking forward to integrating this into my work.

Interventions

Memberships

HCPC – Health & Care Professions Council 

BPS – British Psychological Society, Chartered Membership 

Additional languages

French

Insurance recognition

Bupa, Bupa Global, Aetna and WPA

To get in touch with Dr Eleonore Bristow please send an email to support@chatservices.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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