Covid-19 response: we are currently offering online and phone consultations
14 January 2021: Dr Clare Short is able to accept new patients who are self funding or have WPA insurance, for online assessment and treatment. Dr Pia Menzies remains closed to new referrals, sorry.
26 October 2020: We are working at capacity and currently closed to new referrals. Please try us us again in a few weeks if you have been unable to find alternative help.
psychiatry & psychotherapy
for children, young people & families
"My daughter's anxiety is so much better now. She has really blossomed since seeing you."
We are a small independent mental health service in Bristol with two highly experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and an Administrator. We offer children, young people and families an integrated experience of assessment and treatment using our medical and psychological skills.
Dr Pia Menzies is an experienced and approachable Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
She works with children, young people and their families to understand their distress and find effective treatments and acceptable solutions. Her expertise is in integrating psychotherapy with medical treatment such as medication.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach; she will tailor her approach to each client, aware that therapy requires engagement and motivation.
Dr Menzies has had over 20 years of experience as a doctor in the NHS, working as a Consultant Psychiatrist in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Health Services) for many years.
In 2018 Dr Menzies set up this private practice in Bristol, with administrative support from Lesley Gully, details of which are on this site. She also works at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol and tutors medical students at the University of Bristol on communication and consultation skills.
Good in all areas
Dr Menzies has recently been joined by Dr Clare Short, another highly skilled and experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who is also offering assessment and treatment to young people and families.
We provide an alternative to NHS services, funded by families, health insurance companies, legal or statutory services.
We regret we are unable to provide free services.
update october 2020
Dr Pia Menzies and Dr Clare Short are currently offering a mixture of online, phone and socially distanced appointments for assessment and treatment.
At this time of enormous change, please bear with us as we find new ways of working effectively and efficiently
For ideas about managing anxiety during this pandemic,take a look at the following links
what we do
We see children and young people with a broad range of difficulties. They may be panicky, depressed, obsessional, self-harming, suicidal, angry, confused, unable to concentrate or have eating disorders - but every person is different and each context unique.
It is often helpful to work with the young person, with parents, and at times with the family all together in order to make changes; there is no magic wand.
We do not provide an emergency or 24 hour service. Although not part of a multidisciplinary team, we can work alongside other professionals when this is needed. Particularly risky or complex presentations may be better suited to a larger team, such as CAMHS (the local NHS service).
Given the ongoing high demand, we are often at capacity. Regretfully, we cannot always accept new referrals or see new patients as quickly as we would like.
Get in touch
When you make an inquiry by phone, our Administrator Lesley will take some basic details and tell you about our fees and availability.
If you wish to go ahead we will ask you to complete a more detailed self-referral form (or we can accept a detailed referral from your GP or another professional involved). A referral is not necessary but background information is often helpful.
We know that by the time you make contact you will be feeling worried. We will book an initial appointment in as soon as possible, into a clinic at Helios Medical Centre, Bristol, or occasionally into a remote appointment slot.
How quickly this can be does vary, depending on recent demand and capacity, but hope it will not be more than a few weeks at most. At times we do need to close to new referrals.
An initial appointment lasts around 1 hour. It is up to you who attends first, e.g. parents to give background, a parent and child or young person alone. Usually a series of appointments are needed for a full picture to emerge.
Follow-up appointments are for around 45 minutes. If I think you would benefit more from a treatment I cannot provide I can put you in touch with other skilled professionals.
take the plunge
Please note we do not provide An emergency service
If you need help outside usual working hours, contact your GP. Or try the following helplines for advice and support -
24 hour confidental text service Shout: text 85258
For safeguarding/child protection concerns contact Children's Services through First Response Bristol on 0117 903 6444
If you are/someone is at serious risk of harm to themselves or others, please contact the police or go to your local A & E where there will be an out-of-hours mental health team/psychiatrist contactable.