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Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy for adults

The Bridge Foundation provides assessment, short and long-term psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy for adults.  Long-term counselling and therapy is limited to 2 years.

We have a team of psychodynamic psychotherapists and counsellors who are experienced in working with adults with a range of difficulties.   The sorts of things that people come to The Bridge to talk about include, but aren’t limited to:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • work-related issues
  • difficult life choices
  • relationship and friendship difficulties
  • loneliness
  • low self-esteem
  • self-harming & suicidal thoughts
  • gender identity or sexual orientation
  • bereavement
  • emotional/physical/sexual abuse
  • trauma

Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy aims to help people recognise patterns of behaviour and get to the underlying root of problems, so that they can have more fulfilled lives and relationships. One of the aims of psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy is to uncover the experiences and expectations that lie buried within, and interfere with, day-to-day life.

Through the relationship that forms in the work, people begin to uncover and express their most troubling thoughts and feelings.  Complex and ranging thoughts and feelings can gradually be put into words rather than actions.  As a result, people become able to find new and healthier ways of managing their difficulties.

What to expect when you get here

You will be offered an initial appointment(s) to meet a therapist and to talk through the sorts of issues or difficulties that have brought you here.  You and your therapist will decide together whether counselling or psychotherapy at The Bridge Foundation is suitable for you at this time.

Your sessions are confidential.  Confidentiality would only be broken if the therapist is concerned that you are at risk of serious harm (or someone else is), and that this risk cannot be managed safely between you and the therapist.  In this case the therapist would almost always be able to discuss this with you first and find out what other support you are needing (e.g. support from a GP).

How do I get an appointment?

If you give us a call on 0117 9424510 then you can talk to our referrals co-ordinator.  She will ask you which days and times are best for you, and will then take a few details like name, address and date of birth, also a contact phone number / email.  We will then try to find an appointment for you – it’s usually quicker if you can be flexible about what times of day you can come and a bit longer if you need an evening appointment or can only come on a particular day.  We will get back to you when we’ve got a time we can offer you.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, please call or email our referrals co-ordinator: christine.lowe@bridgefoundation.org.uk