Dr Pia Menzies


Dr Pia Menzies – Infant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

I am an experienced, approachable and thoughtful Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works with children, young people and their families to understand their distress and find effective and acceptable solutions and treatments. I am able to provide assessments and treatment for individual children and young people as well as interventions for families, parents, couples and children with their parents. I can advise on further treatment and provide second opinions.

Given the extremely high thresholds for referrals being accepted into the NHS CAMHS teams currently I hope to provide a timely assessment and intervention before problems become entrenched and severe. I am used to working with high risk situations such as self-harm and severe intentional weight loss and will happily work alongside other agencies and professionals when necessary.

Psychotherapy is a passion and skill of mine. Through talking, art, playing and observation and adapting to the clients’ needs I integrate skills from insight-oriented psychotherapy, systemic family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach; I tailor my approach to each client, aware that therapy requires engagement and motivation.  I am also positive about the use of mindfulness for self-soothing and regulating emotions and therapy to prevent transmission of trauma across generations.

Following graduating in 1995 from the University of Nottingham Medical School I chose to specialise in psychiatry, training at St Bartholomew’s and Homerton Hospitals in east London and becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1999. From 1999-2004 I specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy at the world-renowned Tavistock Clinic in London. Since moving to Bristol in 2004 I have worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in a community CAMHS team in Newport and Monmouthshire in south Wales, leaving in 2015 to pursue private practice in psychiatry and psychotherapy.


Publications :

Anxiety and the interpretation of ambiguous scenarios in the postnatal period: an exploratory study  F Challacombe, P Feldmann (P Menzies), A Stein.    Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, volume 35 issue 04, July 2007

Treating disturbances in the relationship between mothers with bulimic         eating disorders and their infants: a randomized, controlled trial of video     feedback.

Stein A, Woolley H, Senior R, Hertzmann L, Lovel M, Lee J, Cooper S,                                       Wheatcroft R, Challacombe F, Patel P, Nicol-Harper R, Menzes P, Schmidt                            A, Juszczak E, Fairburn CG.

Am J Psychiatry. 2006 May;163(5):899-906.


The intergenerational transmission of disturbance: an investigation of            mechanisms through the study of maternal eating disorder

A Stein, H Woolley, F Challacombe and P Feldmann (P Menzies). In Quagliata, Emanuela Bisognovitale. Difficolta alimentary nellinfanzia e nelladolescenza. 2000


Production of Staphylococcal enterotoxins in vivo and in vitro.

R Cunningham, P Feldmann (P Menzies), et al. The Journal of Medical Microbiology, volume 39 supplement 1, 1993


Consultant Profile

Name: Dr Pia Menzies
Qualifications: B Med Sci (Hons), BM BS, RCPsych
Specialities: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Psychotherapy
Clinical Research Interests: Depression, anxiety, eating problems, personality development Inter-generational patterns and attachment trauma Individual and family therapy, mindfulness Reflective practice and staff support systems. Research project followed through from design, ethics approval, subject and data gathering to analysis.
Year Qualified: 1995
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Membership of National Professional Societies: Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
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Contact Details

Appointments: 01454 854 492
Private Secretary: Lesley Gully
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