Psychological Therapy

The DDCP clinic room, in Wolsingham.

I draw on a range of approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT), systemic psychotherapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy

I have a particular interest in working with complex and/or longstanding problems that have not responded to previous treatment.

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)
  • Self-harm
  • 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 Assessments


Psychological Assessments are Available

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.
  • Has questions about their state-of-mind but does not want therapy e.g. "Do I have a personality disorder?"
  • 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.


Virtual Clinics


 

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.

Accredited Balint Group Leader