George Street Therapy RoomsCentral Bath

Our Practitioners


All practitioners are bound by their ethical guidelines and accrediting bodies. All will be in professional supervision for their work. Please check with individual therapists if you would like more information about their training and qualifications. You will find individual contact details for each therapist at the end of their entry.

Our Practitioners. Nicola Rivers

Nicola Rivers

Nicola is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. She has over sixteen years of experience across various statutory agencies, front-line community services, and other clinical settings, as well as extensive experience working as a child psychotherapist within an NHS Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Nicola offers a range of interventions, including short and long-term psychotherapy to children and young adults across the age range (from birth up to 26th birthday), parent-child psychotherapy, working with parents and carers and also Looked After Children. She also offers consultation and services to professional networks and supervision to professionals who work with children and young people.

Nicola trained at doctoral level at the Tavistock and Portman Centre NHS Trust (London) and is accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. She continues to work at the Tavistock/University of Essex as a Visiting Lecturer, teaching postgraduate students. She also teaches locally at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Service based in Frome.

07877 425860

Our Practitioners. Lisa Deguillaume

Lisa Deguillaume

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist in my sixth year of training. I offer a low-cost rate of £35 per fifty-minute session.
I work in an integrative way, meaning I draw on a range of therapeutic theories and models, including psychoanalytic, humanistic and existential perspectives. There is no 'one size fits all' with therapy. Every person is unique and may need different approaches at different times.

Psychotherapy can increase our awareness of our patterns of behaviour and our less effective ways of dealing with life and relationships. Once these patterns are identified, we may find new ways of responding and relating to ourselves and others.

Working together in a confidential and safe space, we can explore the challenges you are facing so that you can live with a greater sense of well-being and authenticity.
07564 255607

Our Practitioners. Camille Burns

Camille Burns

Are you searching for someone to talk to about how you feel, or about something in your life which is causing you difficulties? Sometimes it can be hard to talk to others, or it can feel like you are not being heard in the way you would like. I can offer you a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space where I will listen on a deep level to the concern that you may be seeking help with. I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor working with individual adults in open ended therapy. Depression, anxiety, loss, difficulty with life’s transitions, ageing, bereavement and low self-esteem are some of the issues I work with. You may just feel stuck or overwhelmed and would like to know what’s causing this difficulty for you.

In this neutral but warm and empathic space you will have the opportunity to think about yourself and the feelings you have, and gain more insight into how these may connect to earlier experiences and relationships in your life. Working together from within the therapeutic relationship we can notice, explore, understand and try and make sense of the difficulties you may be experiencing. This makes possible a growing self-awareness and a shift in the way you feel about yourself and your relationships, and foster a new sense of confidence and trust in yourself and others.

We can arrange an initial telephone call to discuss the help you may be looking for. We can then arrange an initial meeting to think further about your needs and decide whether we can work together in once-weekly 50-minute sessions.

I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and a Member of Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy (WCP). I abide by the BPC Code of Ethics and am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
07861 673969

Our Practitioners. Mary Hepworth

Mary Hepworth

Mary is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist who has a long-established career and practice in central London (previously known as Mary Target). She has just opened a second practice in Bath, where she works on Monday morning, Thursday afternoon and Friday. In London, in addition to decades of clinical practice, she is a professor in the Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL, and for ten years also directed a growing child mental health charity. Her research has been on whether and how different forms of therapy work, and the development of personality, attachment and mental health. Her private practice is with adults..

Mary trained in a number of different talking therapy approaches (first CBT and family therapy, then psychoanalysis), and with her colleagues she developed and runs trainings in briefer evidence-based models such as mentalization-based treatment, and short-term dynamic individual therapy, which have been widely adopted by the NHS and abroad. Thus, while her private practice offers brief consultation and longer-term in-depth psychotherapy, she has a broad, realistic perspective. Considering what might work best for each person is an open, central question, and wherever appropriate she is happy to work alongside or refer to other practitioners.

As a senior and well-known psychotherapist, Mary has few vacancies and charges at the higher end of fees in her private practice. This allows her to continue subsidising her 50% pro bono and minimum fee work with people referred through charities.
07966 807699.

Our Practitioners. StuartCrossman

Stuart Crossman

I’m an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist, offering a safe, supportive place to talk about your difficulties and concerns.
People come to see me for many different reasons, my approach is to take time to focus on what’s important for you as an individual.
Initially we’ll consider what’s bringing you to therapy and whether you feel we can work together; the quality of the relationship between therapist and client has an important part to play.
It’s not uncommon to feel anxious or unsure about taking the first step, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns in confidence.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (University of Roehampton)
Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF Therapy)
BPC & FPC Registered
My background is in creative arts and the charity sector, in housing, homelessness, learning disabilities and with young people.

07968 803962

Our Practitioners. Grant Morris

Grant Morris

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training with BCPC and am currently in my fifth year of training towards a Masters Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

We all face difficulties at some point in our lives. Often it is challenging to face these difficulties alone. At these times it can sometimes be necessary to ask for support from someone outside of our circle of family or friends such as a therapist.

I am committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which together we can explore difficult or complex thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing. I aim to bear witness to how it is and what it means to be you in the context of your life. I take a person-centred relational approach to therapy, at the heart of which is the relationship between therapist and client. I believe that nobody knows what is best for you more than you do. My aim is to meet you fully and empathically -as you are. I will work together with you; helping you to explore, work through and make sense of any difficulties that you may be facing in life, aiming to assist you in finding new ways of relating to yourself, to others and to the world, and move towards healing and a sense of wholeness.

07540 929380

Our Practitioners. Sharon Charlton Thomson

Sharon Charlton Thomson

Making the choice to come into therapy takes courage, Those who choose to do their inner work create possibilities for their own growth and healing, I believe that we don’t have to be constricted by our pasts or live a life anxious about our futures; the more self-awareness we cultivate the more choice we create for how we want to live our lives.

I have over twenty years of experience in working with individuals, families and couples as a coach and a therapist. My practice is informed by many years of experience and training.

I have trained in working with couples, children, and families. I am informed in my family work by DDP principles; trained with Jill Gabriel in working with couples and am currently a senior student training at the Karuna Institute in Core Process Psychotherapy which teaches a leading edge therapy that integrates Buddhist and Western psychology, neurobiology and mindfulness. It is a contemplative approach to therapy helping to bring awareness to the unconscious aspects of ourselves, the stuff that can have us feel most stuck.

I work with compassion, integrity, warmth, and compassion. And am experienced in working with developmental trauma, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems. I am passionate about my own continued learning and in service of all of my clients bring what I learn to my work.

07801 827974

Our Practitioners. Balbina

Balbina Garza

Specialist Child, Adolescent, Young Adult and Parent psychotherapist with 18+ years of working experience across private practice, fostering agencies and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Where relevant she works closely with professional networks, social workers, schools and other health professionals.

Balbina is a registered member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority in England and is a qualified psychologist in Mexico.

11 years of training across University College London, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the British Psychotherapy Foundation in the UK, Northeastern University in the USA and Universidad Anahuac in Mexico.

Now offering face to face and online sessions in Bath in English and Spanish.

DBS checked
+44(0) 7471 096245

Our Practitioners. Miriam Beck

Miriam Beck

I have particular experience in helping clients understand their low mood, anxiety, lack of motivation and stress allowing you to start along the path of recovery with increased emotional resilience.

An initial phone call (07977248409) or e-mail discussion ( will allow you to tell me why you are considering counselling and ask questions. If you decide you would like to meet after this then the first paid session will include the following:

– Explanation of confidentiality and fees.
– I will ask about any previous counselling you may have had and whether you found it helpful or not and why.
– I will share some information about the way that I work and the counselling process.
– Opportunity for you to ask further questions.
– Conversation about what you are going through and what you would like to change.
– At the end of the session we can reflect on how you found it and whether you think future sessions might be useful for you.
– I charge for the first session – there is absolutely no obligation to continue therapy with me and you do not have to decide there and then.

I have worked with a number of different counselling organisations; counselling clients of all ages with a range of presenting issues. I have also worked as a support group facilitator. I currently work with undergraduates and post graduates at the University of Bath alongside my private practice. Please see my website below for further information.

07977 248409

Our Practitioners. Jo Fallon

Jo Fallon

I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor with a focus on anxiety, depression, self-esteem and relationship issues. Whilst I work with all adult age groups I also particularly enjoy working with young adults.

I offer a free 15 minute phone call to discuss what brings you to counselling and what help or support you are looking for. We can then arrange to meet for a 50 minute session for you to get a sense of how comfortably we could work together. I can offer short term support in time of a crisis or longer term work if you wish to understand yourself at a deeper level.

I’m a member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and WCPS (Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy Service) and my ongoing professional development includes courses and seminars with WCPS, the Tavistock Clinic, Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, Off the Record Bath and more.
I am currently offering sessions in person and on Zoom.

Our Practitioners. Hannah Byrne

Hannah Byrne

I am a specialist child and adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) running Sapling CBT. My background is in Educational Psychology and Attachment Therapy with more than 17 years experience supporting families. I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for a range of anxiety and mood disorders to young people aged 8-24. I have a specialist interest in Tourette’s syndrome and trauma therapy. I offer parent support as part of the young person’s treatment plan.

There are many challenges facing young people today, together we can work through these difficulties. You are the expert in your life so we work together to build a bespoke treatment plan and come up with coping strategies to help you manage. I believe we all have the potential for positive wellbeing, I will work with you to uncover what this means to you.
Sapling CBT run clinics in central Bath, Southville Bristol and the Chew Valley

Hannah Byrne
BA (Hons) MSc PgDip
Specialist child and adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

07436 702920

Our Practitioners. Paul Deaton

Paul Deaton

Online Therapy / Covid-19

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic I am currently working partly online. If you wish to have an initial session I am happy to arrange to do this online if you prefer.

Therapeutic Counselling

Sometimes we need help in our journeys to find out who we really are; we need a different perspective from friends and family, someone who is impartial, who won’t react to what we say, and offer what ‘they think’ responses.

Counselling and therapy can offer this space to re-evaluate what is happening and is a chance to talk about things that perhaps no else has properly listened to.

My Approach

I offer humanistic, psychodynamic based integrative therapy; informed by Gestalt practice and aspects of cognitive therapy: working both in the short term, identifying specific problems or the longer term, which offers the chance to make real changes.

What does this mean practically? Principally, it means creating a safe setting where someone can begin to explore their own experiences and begin to work out what they properly feel. Daily life can seem like a compromise that doesn’t give us the space to explore our deepest feelings and therefore change for the better is more often than not, painfully, on hold.

I completed training at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, accredited by BACP & UKCP (DipHIC, distinction, BCPC). This follows a life-long interest in people, their motivations and relationships. I have a first-class degree in psychology (Bath 2001), an MLiTT in creative writing (Glasgow, 2011) and two decades of experience in mental health, both the charity sector e.g. Mind, & Changes, Bristol but also the NHS, working on acute mental health wards, as well as counselling addictions in Bristol. I also facilitate groups, and run creative writing workshops.

0777 9539869

Our Practitioners. Sam Fairgrieve

Sam Fairgrieve

Do you feel overwhelmed by your emotions, or maybe anxiety is adversely affecting your day-to-day life? Perhaps you find the reality of parenting much harder and more frustrating than you envisaged?

It can be hard to imagine things can be different, but therapy can help people find a sense of peace and grow more comfortable with their emotional world.

I am a psychotherapist with an integrative approach working online and face to face in Bath. I am BACP registered, UKCP accredited and have seven years’ experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist working with a spectrum of life issues including;

• Anxiety
• Overwhelm
• Problems in relationships
• Depression
• Issues around parenting
• Loss of meaning or purpose

Please see my website for more details on my approach, how I work in practice, fees and so on. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact me on 07769901993.

Our Practitioners. Rowan Long

Rowan Long

Counselling doesn't have to just mean talking. Laugh. Cry. Whisper. Scream. Shout. Swear. Swear some more. Feel free to use counselling the way you wish to, in a warm, non-judgemental and accepting space. I firmly believe that the collaborative relationship is key, and endeavour to keep this at the heart of any work I do.

Amongst other strategies I use to encourage clients to move towards finding their 'true selves' and, ultimately, acceptance of who they are, I am particularly interested in how early attachments form our past, current and future relationships as well as how different 'parts' of us emerge and are strengthened as coping mechanisms in certain situations. I work from a trauma-informed perspective.

As well as allowing clients to talk through their feelings, I have also employed creative techniques including free drawing, letter writing, poetry and songwriting, play scriptwriting and sand tray work.

07939 582646

Our Practitioners. Self portrait

Laura Keyte

Laura is a psychotherapist and the founder member of the Abbey Practice and George Street Therapy Rooms. She is a senior practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in the field. As well as a full private practice Laura was Head of Training at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Service and taught at Bath Spa University and Wiltshire College.

Laura is particularly interested in, and experienced with, working with childhood trauma, experiences of bullying, the impact of Asperger's and autism on individuals and families, and experiences of anxiety.

Laura originally trained with Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling as an integrative psychotherapist. She developed her psychoanalytic interests and perspective in her work at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Service and is also a registered member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors.

078 5505 2986

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