Matt Bristow

Clinical Psychologist

GIDS London


Satellite clinics


Where are you based?

I work in both Leeds and London, although I’m in London most days. And I can also sometimes be found in Cardiff, where I see some families on a one‐off basis.


What is the best part of your job?

Sometimes families we see are not all on the same page, and people can have very different views from one another. At times this can then end up in lots of arguments and upset. Seeing families finding their way through this, understanding each other’s perspectives better, and coming out the other side is easily the best part of the job!


Why were you interested in working in GIDS?

I’ve been interested in thinking about identities and how they develop for a long time, so it felt like a good fit for me. I also particularly enjoy working with children and teenagers ‐ and being able to meet with their parents and siblings too!


What's your favourite film?

Whilst I enjoy watching Hollywood films now and again, I'm much more interested in quirkier films that make me stop and think about the world. I especially like the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and the way that his films look at gender.


Do you have a favourite children's book?

My favourite children’s book these days is “The Gruffalo" although when I was little it might have been “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”.