Local leaders in mental health

We specialise in providing in-depth psychotherapeutic support, to make a difference to children, young people, and adults who are suffering mental health difficulties.

Help for families and adults

Our multidisciplinary team is equipped to support the mental health of children, young people, families, and adults from all backgrounds and experiences.

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The Bridge Foundation has provided in-depth therapeutic expertise to over 10,000 individuals since 1983.

Help for schools

We partner with schools across the Bristol region to co-create a mental health service that embeds qualified and experienced therapists into whole school wellbeing, to bring positive results in areas of need.

Through Bridge in Schools, children and families see highly trained staff rarely to be found outside specialist NHS services or costly private clinics.

Professionals

The Bridge Foundation supports professionals to manage work involving complex situations and vulnerabilities. We provide our rich clinical expertise through commissioned referrals, supervision and training, and well-attended conferences. 

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The Bridge Foundation’s conferences, training and clinical expertise are highly reputed throughout professional networks in the region and nationally.

Our latest news

Read below for news and updates from our work:

Groups and events:

Groups for parents from £10 per session – spaces limited!

Parents of adolescents – Our popular parent group for parents/carers who are worried about their adolescent’s mental health runs termly. The next group starts in Septmber and runs on a Thursday from 4pm – 5.30pm for 10 weeks (break for half term)  Read our flyer

Parents of neurodivergent children – A new group for parents/carers to explore experiences and emotions around parenting neurodivergent children. (<12 years, no diagnosis necessary). The next group starts in September on Fridays and runs from 1pm – 2.30pm for 10 weeks (break for half term)  Read our flyer.

Clinical Conference with Margaret Rustin – 27th April – more details here.

In the media:

Bristol Social Impact award winners!

Our agile leadership and diversified income model have earned us an award at Voscur’s Social Impact Awards 2024. 

Professional responses

One of our psychotherapists presented in this short film about adult disclosures of childhood sibling sexual abuse.

Featured in the Guardian

Our schools team Clinical Director supported with Annalisa Barbieri’s parenting column, in response to a request for help around parental anger.

New book: Jung’s Shadow Concept

One of our psychotherapists contributed a chapter – ‘The Development of the Shadow in Childhood and Adolescence: Shadow Work: Maia’s Story’.

Bridge in Schools newsletter:

Click here to read about our latest collaborations with our network of partner schools across the region.

Our Covid-19 response:

Our Covid-19 impact report from May 2021 reflects on how we adapted to the global pandemic during a time of widespread challenges and acute mental health needs.

Latest Blogs

We hope you find these informative and supportive. If there is an area that you would like to see us cover in future please get in touch – we are interested in your ideas and would like to hear from you.

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Experiences of an Honorary Child Counsellor for Bridge in Schools

Finding and committing to a placement can feel like a daunting aspect of psychotherapeutic or counselling training. This blog, written by one of our trainee therapists, offers an insight into the Honorary scheme at The Bridge Foundation.

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The secondary school transition

For children in year six, the secondary transition is already looming on the horizon, and may bring mixed feelings – whether consciously or unconsciously. Supporting them through these changes and helping to create a positive primary school ending can really help.

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Therapy for children and how it helps

Our therapy team are child and adolescent experts, supporting children to make sense of whatever issues they are facing. But have you ever wondered how this works? Look inside our therapy sessions with this blog, which explains how we approach the therapeutic process with children.

Get in touch

Please get in touch if you have any requests regarding our services or questions.

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