dr pia menzies
After graduating as a medical doctor from Nottingham Medical School in 1995 I gained general experience in medicine and surgery. Knowing that I wanted to become a Psychiatrist, I then began specialist training in psychiatry in London, first at Homerton Hospital in Hackney then based at the Royal Free Hospital, passing exams and becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I then did higher specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and training in Psychotherapy at the world-renowned Tavistock Clinic, a centre of excellence for provision of and training in psychotherapy.
I worked on adolescent in-patient units, a mother and baby unit, in different CAMHS teams, in liaison services, and was part of a large research project looking into maternal eating disorders and the impact on child development.
I have worked with different cultural groups, with refugees and interpreters, across the lifespan, with learning disabled and seriously mentally ill clients. I particularly enjoy working with children and families, enabling young people to have a voice and helping parents make sense of their children's behaviour.
I moved to Bristol in 2003, working as a CAMHS Consultant in Newport/Monmouthshire for 11 years. For a few years now I have been working in the independent sector, at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and also, more recently, in private practice. I have felt able to provide a good service, with integrity, in my own style. Sadly, this is an alternative to the NHS and not available to all, with families self funding or using their health insurance to cover costs.
I am also a Tutor in Effective Consulting at the Bristol University Medical School, wanting to ensure junior doctors are effective communicators and can consult well with their patients.
I am a psychiatrist who predominantly works with young people and families, with a special interest in psychotherapy.
I have been a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 1999 and on the Specialist Register as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 2003. I am regulated by the General Medical Council, undergoing regular appraisal and revalidation, wirh the Independent Doctor's Federation. I take part in continuing professional development and have regular supervision.
I have comprehensive medical indemnity cover with the MDDUS (the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) and public liability insurance.
My private practice was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC ) in 2019 and rated GOOD IN ALL AREAS
My clinical interests are broad and include depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, personality development and attachment trauma.
I am positive about the use of mindfulness for self-soothing and regulating emotions and hope one day mindfulness will be regarded as an essential life skill, taught in all schools from infants upwards. I use mindfulness-based interventions, teaching skills and encouraging further exploration of mindfulness when I think it will be beneficial.
Although we tend to think of an individual having a difficulty, I believe we are hugely affected by those around us including past generations of our family. For example, bereavements and struggles in one generation inform their approach to the next generation. Therapy to prevent transmission of trauma across generations can free people from repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour.
Psychotherapy is a passion and skill of mine. Through talking, playing, observation and adapting to the clients’ needs I integrate skills from insight-oriented psychotherapy, systemic family therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. As well as talking, there are many ways of communicating; creative activities such as painting, model-making, collage and music can allow us to step beyond our logical, thinking self into thoughts and feelings that are outside of our awareness, part of our inner world. Becoming aware of these feelings can help us understand ourselves and make changes.