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dr pia menzies

We were so impressed and happy with the way you engaged all of us but especially our daughter. She struggles with strangers but you very easily put her at her ease and were probably the first person to bring a little light and hope into her life at a very difficult time for her. I cannot begin to explain the impact your patience, understanding and observations have made on her.

Father of a 16 year old, April 2021

Dr Pia Menzies is an experienced and approachable Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is a good listener and highly empathic. 


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 individual and family psychological interventions 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 qualified as a medical doctor and has worked in mental health since 1996. She completed specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London before moving to Bristol in 2003. She worked as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Health Services) in Newport/Monmouthshire for 11 years. She has tutored medical students at the University of Bristol on communication and consultation skills. Dr Menzies also works at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol. She has recently trained in Internal Family Systems therapy and is excited to integrate this into treatment.


Dr Menzies recognises that many of the clients who present with anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles are also neuro-diverse; she takes an affirmative, person-centred approach, believing that discovering and accepting diversity is crucial.


In 2018 Dr Menzies set up this private practice in Bristol, with administrative support from Lesley Gully, and has been welcoming excellent experienced colleagues, who share a similar outlook to her, into the team gradually.

Dr Menzies' would love to see emotional literacy and regulation become regarded as an essential life skill, taught from early childhood in school. She believes we are hugely affected by those around us, including past generations and society, and takes a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding and treating illness and distress.

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