Dr Rachel Bristow CPsychol, DClinPsy, AFBPsS, BSc (Hons.)

Qualifications and Training


I first studied psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury -BSc (HONS) Social Psychology, 1997.  I later completed the Advanced Certificate in Education Post compulsory (Cert Ed), while teaching psychology and related subject areas in various adult education contexts. 


I completed supervised NHS clinical placements, a piece of doctoral level research and studied for three years with Canterbury Christchurch University (Salomons) to obtain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2006.

Since then I have maintained continual professional development, including further study of CBT, MBT, systemic approaches, energy psychology and in 2014 I completed EMDR part 1-4 training with EMDR Works, London

Background and Experience 


I have 10 years of practical post qualification experience as a Clinical Psychologist in Kent in NHS adult mental health including work in community, inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient acute, forensic and prison settings. I have experience of working with clients suffering with complex and long-term difficulties.


I have seven years of experience of offering regular clinical supervision to other staff within the NHS (Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT for psychosis psychological practitioners, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Doctoral Trainee Counselling Psychologists). I also have broad experience of teaching and training. 


I have nine years of experience in health and social care, health and wellbeing, teaching, training and research prior to qualification as a Clinical Psychologist. This includes designing, delivering and evaluating interventions for the East Kent Health Promotion Service (NHS); research evaluation and therapeutic work within the voluntary sector (KCA UK); and experience of planning, developing and commissioning young people's drug and alcohol services (Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team).



Ethos and Philosophy


I take a flexible and creative approach to clinical work, whilst setting realistic goals appropriate to  clients and their context, drawing on a range of psychological models in formulation and intervention.


The main orientations used are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including third wave approaches), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and integrative psychological therapy. I also provide psychometric assessment and specialist risk assessment.


In all my work, I endeavor to provide a safe, accessible, approachable, caring, trustworthy, supportive, empowering and effective service.


Dr Rachel Bristow Psychological therapy, CBT and EMDR clinic in Folkestone Kent
Chartered Clinical Psychologist British Psychological Society bps.com
HCPC registered practitioner psychologist kent


British Psychological Society  Chartered Membership No. 088010

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration No. PYL01846

 EMDR Association UK and Ireland Membership  No B0298

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Clinical Psychologist in Folkestone, Kent

providing CBT , EMDR , integrative therapy and clinical supervision


Consulting Room in Folkestone  in easy reach of Hythe, Ashford, Dover, Canterbury and Thanet Kent. Close to Folkestone West Station.


Dr Rachel Bristow / Peaceful mind psychology Kent

Folkestone- CT20 area

Tel:  07981 026838     Email: admin@peacefulmindpsychologykent.co.uk


Appointment hours are Mon, Weds and Fri 9-5pm.  Attendance at the clinic address is by appointment only. Enquiries can be made via email and voicemail anytime 

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