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. 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

[email protected]
+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 ([email protected]) 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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

Our Practitioners. Sam Fairgrieve

Sam Fairgrieve

Do you feel overwhelmed by your emotions, or maybe anxiety is adversely effecting 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 psychotherapeutic counsellor with an integrative approach working online and face to face in Bath. I am BACP registered and have seven years’ experience as a counsellor and psychotherapeutic counsellor 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. 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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

Our Practitioners. Kim Liversidge

Kim Liversidge

I am an experienced UKCP reg MA Psychotherapist. I seek to provide a space for you where you can, through the process of dialogue, consider your needs and your concerns in your relationships and life. Unresolved relational difficulties in our families of origin might manifest in many various symptoms, a sense of deep unhappiness, anxiety, loneliness, low self-confidence at work or in relationships. The process, as you can imagine, takes time as you discover what you need to enable you to create a life that feels meaningful to you.
People often seek therapy in desperation, yet find, as well as gaining initial relief from painful symptoms, it slowly becomes a chosen activity adding vitality and support to your life.
I have a particular interest in Complex PTSD and am engaged in researching contemporary theories and have also published articles on the subject.
[email protected]

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. 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 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 Service and is also a registered member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors.

078 5505 2986
[email protected]

Our Practitioners. Rupert Taverner

Rupert Taverner

Rupert is a qualified and accredited psychotherapist with extensive training and experience in a number of different therapeutic approaches. This experience enables him to offer a flexible and responsive approach that can be adapted to changing needs as therapy progresses. He sees children, young people and adults on an individual basis as well as working with couples and families.

Rupert trained as a Family Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) over 15 years ago and subsequently as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). He has additional training, experience and interest in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Rupert worked for many years within the NHS and has extensive experience of working with children, young people, adults, couples and families across the whole range of life challenges. He has a particular interest and experience in working with anxiety, low mood and depression, eating disorders, work related stress, couples counselling and relationship difficulties, divorce and separation issues, parenting and step parenting challenges as well as school related issues.

Tel: 07891148242
Email: [email protected]

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