Dr Victoria Samuel

Clinical Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc, D.Clin.Psy

Specialises in

I have been working in private practice since 2006. I established The Parent Support Service also in this year.

I qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006. Prior to this I studied for an MSc in Health Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Psychology with European Study. I now run Bristol Psychology Services, a referral service for private psychological therapy in Bristol. I also work at Cardiff University on the South Wales Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology as a Senior Research Tutor and Honorary Lecturer.

I am a Clinical Psychologist who provides evidence based psychological therapy for adults. I am experienced in providing third wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Third wave cognitive therapy are evidence based therapy approaches which, rather than focusing on just reducing emotional symptoms, aim to help people to lead more satisfying, meaningful lives.

I also provide Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am a EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. EMDR is a well-researched psychological treatment approach which aims to reduce the distressing impact of difficult memories following traumatic life events.

I have presented at national conferences on the psychological impact of trauma and provided numerous workshops on psychological care to medical professionals.

I have written for several national magazines and spoken on BBC radio Bristol. I have a strong research background and have published a number of scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and chartered through the British Psychological Society. I am registered as an approved provider with AVIVA, AXA PPP and Vitality.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Victoria Samuel at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

 Anxiety difficulties

  • Worry and generalised anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias (such as dog phobia, fear of being sick, fear of choking, social phobia)
  • Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours 

Trauma reactions

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Specific phobias stemming from trauma (eg travel anxiety after car accidents) 

Adjustment difficulties

  • Pain and physical health conditions
  • Disability
  • Life events

Anxiety, stress and fears

  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Work-related stress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Physical health

  • Adjustment to impact of physical health conditions and injuries
  • Chronic pain management
  • Distress and trauma associated with current or past medical treatment

Traumatic events

  • One off traumatic events eg working with clients who have been involved in road traffic accidents, work-related accidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks
  • Vicarious traumatisation

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