One of the main benefits of choosing to work with a Clinical Psychologist is that we are trained to draw on a range of psychotherapy approaches, not just one, as is the case for most counsellors and psychotherapists.
I principally draw upon psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT). I may offer work informed by only one of these approaches, or I may offer an integrative treatment that draws on more than one approach at the same time.
I draw on psychodynamic psychotherapy when there is a wish to face something difficult or to change in some way, alongside significant anxieties about what might be involved in doing so. The aim of this approach is not to push people to face things before they are ready, but to work together to gradually make sense of anxieties that may be preventing change. I also draw on this approach when there is a wish to explore and understand difficulties more deeply, in the context of one's life as a whole.
Where there is a high level of motivation to tackle well-defined, specific behaviours (e.g. excessive hand washing, worrying, low mood, angry outbursts, people pleasing), I tend to draw on CBT or CAT. These approaches require a high level of readiness to face one's fears directly or to begin to act in ways that involve initial discomfort in the pursuit of one's goals.
Problems I can Help With:
- Anxiety e.g. generalised anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD
- Relationship issues e.g. betrayal, anger, abuse, passive aggression, assertiveness
- Family issues e.g. separation/divorce, managing conflict
- Trauma - including accidents, assault, chronic trauma e.g. abuse
- Grief and bereavement
- Low self-esteem
- Coping with life transitions (e.g. leaving home, separation/divorce, redundancy, parenthood)
- Stress...and more (please do get in touch if your specific difficulties have not been mentioned)
Arranging a no-obligation, free consultation is usually the first step towards commencing a course of psychological therapy.
Psychological Assessment & Formulation Package
Psychological therapy always begins with an assessment, where information is gathered about your difficulties in order to understand them better. A preliminary 'map' of what may keep the problems going is then usually developed and shared. This is called a 'formulation' and it tends to evolve as treatment progresses. Typically, the assessment and formulation phases shade in to treatment and a report is not provided.
The Assessment & Formulation package does include a report. This details the nature of your difficulties and the historical and current day context for those difficulties. A preliminary formulation is included, as are recommendations for treatment or management of the difficulties in question. The report is based on an in-depth clinical interview carried out over four sessions. A fifth session is also included and this serves as an opportunity to discuss a draft of the report and to consider any changes that may be required before it is finalised. Often, people wish to have an assessment report to share with their GP.
The Assessment & Formulation Package is typically requested when a person:
- Prefers to have a report that includes treatment recommendations prior to deciding whether to commit to therapy.
- Presents with a significant level of risk and/or complexity and a formal assessment is recommended as a first step.
- Wants an opportunity to talk about their problems in depth before deciding whether psychological therapy is for them.
- Wishes to consider whether there may be things they can do to help themselves without on-going psychological therapy.
Attending a free consultation is often the first step towards arranging an Assessment & Formulation Package. To find out about pricing, see fees.
I also offer Psychological Therapy via a virtual clinic, using Zoom, which has been described as a more secure and reliable alternative to Skype. Virtual clinics are available on a standalone basis or in combination with standard psychological therapy e.g. for people who prefer to attend face-to-face sessions, but who often work away from home, or who are students living elsewhere outside of term-time.
Professional Services for Colleagues/ Organisations
I have completed a BPS approved Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) training course and am experienced in providing clinical supervision to other psychologists. I am also an accredited Balint Group leader and can provide reflective practice groups in this format. I have significant expertise in the field of adult mental health and am happy to discuss your requirements for organisational training/ consultancy on topics linked to my specialism. Fees for individual clinical supervision are the same as for therapy.