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Dr Victoria Samuel

Professional Title:

Clinical Psychologist, Service Lead

Qualifications:

D.Clin.Psy., MSc, Ba (Hons), CPsychol, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.

Clinic Location:

Spire Bristol Hospital

Client Groups:

Child & Adult

Background

Bristol Psychology Services was set up by Dr Victoria Samuel, Clinical Psychologist. Dr Victoria Samuel has been working in private practice in Bristol since 2006. Victoria also works at Cardiff University on the South Wales Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology as a Senior Research Tutor and Honorary Lecturer.

Victoria has presented at national conferences on the psychological impact of trauma and provided numerous workshops on psychological care to medical professionals.

Victoria has written for several national magazines and spoken on BBC radio Bristol. Victoria has a strong research background and has published a number of scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Victoria is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) is chartered through the British Psychological Society. Victoria is registered as an approved provider with BUPA, AVIVA, AXA PP & PruHealth.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Victoria specialises in therapeutic work with clients of all ages; children, adolescents and adults. Victoria has particular expertise in working with clients who feel restricted by anxious thoughts and feelings and physical symptoms of anxiety and stress. Victoria has significant experience of providing psychological therapy to individuals experiencing work-related stress, including specialist experience in working with those in intensely demanding roles including many medical professionals.

Victoria has undergone additional specialist training in working with adults and children affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Victoria has particular experience and interest in acute or one-off traumatic events and has worked with clients who have experienced: road traffic accidents (as a passenger, pedestrian, driver or cyclist); dog bite attacks; occupational accidents and victims of crimes and terrorist attacks.

Therapeutic Approach

Victoria places a lot of importance on ensuring clients feel collaboratively involved in the process of therapy. Victoria conceptualises emotional difficulties as understandable in the context of people’s past experiences and current circumstances. For this reason formulation and insight is seen as more important than diagnostic labels. Empowering clients with life skills for managing difficult thoughts and feelings is central to Victoria’s therapeutic approach. Victoria works alongside clients to help them to feel more self-aware and less restricted by internal mental experiences.

Victoria uses a variety of therapeutic approaches according to a client’s individual needs and preferences. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy is often helpful for clients affected by worry and rumination. Victoria values the practical nature of the approach which represents a positive orientation for living as well as a therapeutic model.

Victoria has specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is experienced in working with people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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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