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 do not believe that psychological therapy can be provided on a 'one size fits all' basis. Treatment should respond to your specific needs. I mainly 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 tend to draw on psychodynamic psychotherapy when a patient has a genuine 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 tend to draw on this approach when a patient wishes to explore and understand their difficulties more deeply, in the context of their life as a whole.
I also draw on CBT, typically when a patient is highly motivated to alter their thoughts and behaviour in relation to specific symptoms (e.g. excessive hand washing, worrying, low mood). Similarly, I may draw on CAT when there is motivation to address one or two specific problems linked to a person's experience of themselves in relation to other people (e.g. angry outbursts, people pleasing).
I have a particular interest in working with complex and/or longstanding problems that may not have responded to previous treatment, particularly when that treatment has been brief and practical, as the majority of treatment on offer within the NHS today tends to be.
Problems I can Help You With:
- Anxiety e.g. generalised anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD
- Relationship issues e.g. affairs/betrayal, anger, abuse, passive aggression, assertiveness
- Depression e.g. feeling sad, postnatal depression, low self-esteem
- Family issues e.g. separation/divorce, managing conflict
- Trauma, including accidents, assault, chronic trauma e.g. abuse
- Grief and bereavement
- Medically unexplained symptoms (e.g. chronic fatigue)
- 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 therapy always begins with an assessment, where information is gathered and ideas about the nature of your difficulties are developed and shared. Typically, the assessment phase shades in to treatment and a report is not provided.
If required, a report detailing the nature of your difficulties can be provided. This will be based on an in-depth clinical interview carried out over a number of sessions. A report may be requested as part of your on-going treatment, or on a stand-alone basis. Often, people wish to have an assessment report to share with their GP.
Stand-alone assessments are 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.
As for therapy, attending a free consultation is often the first step towards arranging a formal assessment. 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.