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Dr Brian Garvey

Professional Title:

Counselling Psychologist


DPsych Counselling Psychology, BA Psychology (Hons), CPsychol

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Since 2009, Dr Brian Garvey, Counselling Psychologist, has provided psychological therapy for men and women from a diverse range of backgrounds who were grappling with a wide range of difficulties.

In addition to working in private practice, Brian works in an NHS Community Mental Health Team. This role involves providing specialist psychological assessment and treatment for adults on an individual and group basis. Prior to completing his doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University in London, Brian worked with charities conducting research.

Brian is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and chartered with the British Psychological Society.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Brian has considerable experience of working with men and women experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional turmoil, distressing or unwanted experiences, and interpersonal or relationship difficulties. This has also involved helping people to cope with significant life changes, physical health problems and disability and work-related struggles.

Therapeutic Approach

First and foremost, Brian strives to develop a good therapeutic relationship with his clients. He aims to create an equal relationship where both therapist and client bring their expertise to addressing the difficulties.

The initial stage of therapy with Brian tends to involve exploring an individual’s difficulties in light of their life experiences. The difficulties we struggle with often tend to make sense in light of our experiences, circumstances and past relationships. Helping people to understand themselves more clearly and compassionately is a fundamental starting point of Brian’s work. He believes that this is necessary in order for people to be able to challenge themselves to change in the ways they want.

Having established this foundation, Brian then works with clients to develop practical life skills and therapeutic techniques tailored to their individual needs. The aim of this work is to enhance his clients’ capacity to help themselves. He aims for all clients to have a clear plan for how to continue these approaches once therapy is completed.

Brian has trained in multiple psychological models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). He uses this breadth of training in an integrated way with clients, meaning that each individual’s therapy draws on a number of approaches that best fits their needs.

Our Expertise

Bristol Psychology Services specialises in matching clients seeking independent psychological assessment and therapy in the Bristol area with a network of highly qualified therapists working in private practice.

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Bristol Psychology Services therapists, each with an area of specialist clinical experience, work from various convenient clinic locations across Bristol.

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