I am passionate about helping people to negotiate mental health difficulties that they are experiencing and I have trained in eye movement desensitisation and re-processing (EMDR), an evidence-based therapy, to help clients on their journey towards better mental health. I draw upon the psychodynamic modality and acknowledge the potential impact of early relationships and experiences on mental and physical health. I see psychotherapy as a collaborative experience and work with my clients to create a personalised treatment plan that suits their individual needs.
Hannah Raine-Smith joined the therapy services team at Priory Hospital Bristol in 2018, and holds 1:1 therapy sessions on a weekly basis. She previously worked with survivors of domestic abuse at various organisations which sparked a special interest in working with complex trauma, and led her to train in cognitive neuroscience and then trauma to enable her to specialise in this area. At Priory Hannah sees clients that are suffering from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD, but she also uses EMDR therapy to treat a wide range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
Hannah is a registered member of the BACP and regularly attends supervision to maintain a high standard of care. Her collaborative approach to therapy uses a cycle of feedback to ensure that the work is focused on the issues that the client wishes to be addressed.
Hannah initially graduated in 2010 in BA (hons) Music and Visual Art at the University of Brighton (2010) and later went on to study BSc Integrative Counselling with Middlesex University (2016). This training sparked her interest in psychodynamics and interpersonal neuroscience and she gained an academic excellence scholarship to study on the MSc Neuroimaging (cognitive neuroscience) at Cardiff University. During this time she was working with survivors of domestic abuse and discovered EMDR therapy and wrote a literature review on the neurobiological mechanisms of EMDR to ascertain the efficacy of this therapy. Her research looked favourable so she went on to study on the MSc EMDR therapy at the University of Worcester and is currently writing up her research paper which focusses on using EMDR therapy online.
- Level 4 EMDR therapy training (taught by Derek Farrell, University of Worcester)
- EMDR with complex clinical populations (Distinction)
- G-TEP- Group trauma intervention
- R-TEP- Recent traumatic events protocol
- Working with Ego States- masterclass with Dr Michael Patterson
Hannah has an interest in the mind/body connection and the impact of early relational trauma and complex trauma histories on physical health. She is specifically interested in working with fibromyalgia and a chronic fatigue as encounters these issues regularly when working with complex trauma clients and has successfully used EMDR therapy to resolve this type of medically unexplained symptom.
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) Integrative Counselling, Middlesex University
- Bachelor of the Arts (Hons) in Music and Visual Art, University of Brighton
- Master of Science in EMDR Therapy, University of Worcester (current study)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroimaging, Cardiff University. (merit)