Our Therapists

For enquiry and appointments please contact the therapists directly.

If you are looking for therapy or counselling in Clifton, (BS8), there is a wide range of talented and qualified professionals who work at Clifton Down Therapy Rooms. All therapists working at our centre are qualified practitioners with professional insurance and membership of a professional association. Our therapists work on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, couples therapy, child therapy and more. Please read the biographies about the therapists below and contact them directly if you feel you would like to enquire further.

Sam Kennaby (Holman) QCG

Sam Kennaby (Holman) QCG

Award winning careers coach and Master NLP Practitioner

Sam Kennaby (Holman) QCG

Career coach and published author of the career guide ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be a Giraffe’, with over 15 years’ experience of working with individuals in private practice, and with groups in various educational institutes and organisations.

In working together, we aim to gain total clarity on what you want to achieve and by the end of the sessions you will feel confident in taking your next steps. I am straight talking and honest (and a bit of a task-master), but when you decide to work with me and give 100%, amazing things will happen for you.

Qualified in careers advice and guidance, as well as NLP and Time Line Therapy to help remove that internal doubt that may have held you back in the past, I will work with you to offer ideas and suggestions, but essentially support you to reach the goal that is perfect for you.

My special areas of interest include career success, progression, personal and professional development, imposter syndrome and anxiety, working with young people (from 16+), CVs, psychometric testing, increasing confidence and decision making.

  • Online and telephone appointments also available
  • Member of the Career Development Institute and ABNLP
  • Hold an enhanced DBS
Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Sarah Curtis

I am Sarah Curtis a Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Bristol. I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer traditional therapy, which takes place inside at my practice, online therapy over Zoom,  as well as outdoor movement therapy at various locations around Bristol.

I have a wide variety of experience, from bereavement, depression, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, negative childhood experiences, relationship and sexual issues, to work related issues and substance abuse.

My main goal is to help you on your path to a happier life, and to equip you with the tools you need, so you can benefit from our sessions long after our time together has ended. Whether you are considering therapy at a time of crisis, or as a way to address an ongoing issue, I hope to help you find a better, happier, more hopeful path through life.

Dr Lisa Frankland

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lisa Frankland

Lisa’s experience ranges from leadership roles in setting up and developing primary care therapy services, to community mental health team psychology services in secondary care and specialist NHS services.

Lisa provides specialist Assessment, Formulation, and Interventions for adults with a range of presenting difficulties including response to trauma, anxiety disorders (Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, OCD, BDD, and Phobias), depression, eating disorders, stress, psychotic disorders and drug dependence.

Lisa is experienced in facilitating leaders to develop their roles and overcome personal and organisational obstacles to achieve their career goals and maintain a fulfilling work life balance.

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Lucy Munn

As a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, my approach to sessions is to create a warm and welcoming environment which is safe for you to talk through your thoughts and feelings. I welcome you without judgement and work with you on who you are and what you want to understand about yourself.

Some examples of what I have worked with people on:

  • Very low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues, anxiety and break-ups
  • Lack of focus and direction in life
  • Fear and anxiety in work and social settings
  • Lack of trust in own thought, feelings and decisions
  • University stress and experiences
  • Shame and guilt about prior actions and behaviour

I always look forward to meeting new people and to working with people on their stories, how those have impacted who they are and how they approach life today.

Integrative Counsellor

Phil Leonard

I am a qualified counsellor with accredited membership of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society MNCPS (acc.)I offer one to one therapeutic counselling for adults on Thursday evenings at Clifton Down Therapy Rooms.  

My background is in therapeutic social work and assessment with children and families.  I have an interest in how early developmental experiences and attachment patterns affect our lives. I also think it is important to consider context, i.e, how both internal and external systems (situations and events) play a role in our emotional well-being and recovery.

My practice method is integrative which means that I may combine and apply more than one theory and method (Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT) according to need and response.   Unsurprisingly, most research in counselling theory indicates that the methods practiced are only as important as the feelings of safety and trust built within a therapeutic relationship.  

My style is warm, compassionate and validating and I would support you to explore whatever has brought you too seek a confidential ear.  You are welcome to call or email me to ask any questions and explore whether counselling is for you. 


Integrative Relational Counsellor

Heather Ashford

I am a qualified integrative relational counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer a calming, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement or rejection.

Through empathising and hearing your experiences with curiosity and compassion, I aim to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself allowing you to make positive changes and move forwards. I work with people on a range of issues, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and past abuse.

I integrate mainly person-centred and psychodynamic approaches – essentially this means I work with you to help you make sense of things that are happening currently in your life, and also work with you on a deeper level, exploring your past experiences and how that may be unconsciously influencing you now.

It’s important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with – so I offer a free, no-obligation, initial 20-minute phone/video call for you to get a sense of what I’m like.

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