Reza Ahmad Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Bristol and Online

Emergency Services

I do not provide an emergency service as a therapist in private practice. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and feel the need for immediate emergency support you have a number of options. This kind of distress may involve:

  • a psychotic episode which means a serious loss of your usual sense of reality and can include hearing voices and hallucinations
  • suicidal behaviour or intent
  • other behaviour that is likely to endanger yourself or others
  • being at serious risk of harm from someone else

    The following services are available:

  • Call the Bristol Mental Health crisis line on 0300 555 0334. This line is open 24 hours a day, every day.

  • Call the Bristol Sanctuary on 0117 954 2952 or 07709265661. This is a safe place to go in a crisis.

  • Call NHS 111. This is for when you need help or medical treatment quickly but its not a life-threatening emergency.

  • Call 999 emergency services if you are in a life-threatening situation. Alternatively, you can go to Accident and Emergency if you have serious concern for your immediate safety. There is an on-call psychiatrist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary who you can ask to see in an emergency.

  • Other support services: you can view a PDF listing other services in Bristol here.

  • Books

    'Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life' - Tom Holmes

    'Bring Yourself to Love' - Mona Barbara: for couples


    IFS and Rheumatoid Arthritis - Internal Family Systems has been shown to reduce pain and depression and improve physical function for people with rheumatoid arthritis. You can read the study by a team at Harvard Medical School on the Journal of Rheumatology's website here.

    Other Resources

    Inner Active Cards - Sharon Sargent Eckstein: a boxed set of 75 illustrated cards that each depict a 'part'. These can be used to help you connect to your own unique parts. They are available to purchase here.

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