Dr Abaigh Devine (Clinical Psychologist)
I am an experienced, approachable Clinical Psychologist, specialising in work with children, young people and families - having previously worked for over 15 years in various NHS mental health settings, mainly Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHs). I really enjoy my work and am committed to providing a creative, safe, compassionate and individually tailored service to help alleviate distress and improve quality of life.
What I can help with:
I am able to offer help with a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, trauma, adjustment to life events, low self-esteem, eating disorders, emotional/ behavioural difficulties and attachment difficulties (children).
I have a special interest in helping children, young people and adults overcome the negative effects of trauma on their lives (e.g. accidents, abuse, childbirth trauma). I also have special skills in helping people who experience extreme emotions to better understand and manage the unhelpful effects these can have on their behaviours, relationships, and their coping strategies (including self-harm).
How I work:
As a Clinical Psychologist I am thoroughly trained in the detailed assessment and understanding of a broad range of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. I am also trained in a range of 'evidence-based'/proven treatment approaches.
I use this knowledge to work together with my clients in coming to a shared understanding of their difficulties and strengths, and then make a joint plan about how to change things (a psychological formulation). I am then able to use a variety of therapies, tailored towards what best suits my individual clients' needs and preferences. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Group work with Children and Adolescents, and various family/parenting interventions.
With children and young people I might also use toys, drawing or more structured activities/ worksheets, alongside talking therapies, depending on what suits the individual. I also include parents/ carers in the work as much as possible, as they are obviously the experts on their children and usually the key people to help their child overcome their difficulties. This will vary from having a parent/ carer sometimes join us at the end of sessions, to joining us throughout the session, to me meeting with parents alone - all depending on the age and needs of the young person and the preferences of the family.
Registrations and Memberships:
I am Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a member of the BABCP and The EMDR association UK and Ireland.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Oxon)
BA hons degree in Psychology (The University of Sheffield)
Therapy trainings include: CBT, DBT, EMDR, DDP.
Previous work settings include: CAMHs clinics, Looked After and Adopted Children services (Social Care), Youth Offending Team, Paediatrics (Children's Hospital), Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Units, Intensive Home Treatment/ Outreach (CAMHs), Community Mental Health team (adults), Community Learning Disability Service, schools, youth work.
I am also an experienced Clinical Supervisor and Trainer in topics relating to child and adolescent mental health.
I very much enjoy running groups for young people - for example, depression, self-harm, body image.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £70/hr.
This includes all preparation and administration.
I work from a lovely therapy room in the centre of Belper, with its own parking and excellent bus service - right outside. Home and school visits can sometimes be arranged on request.
I am also available for training and Clinical Supervision (fees dependent on requirements)
If you have private healthcare insurance which covers talking therapies I may be able to see you using this method of payment (with agreement by Insurance Company).
Please do contact me at any time - I will always get back to phone messages if i'm unavailable when you call. I am usually easier to get hold of by email in the first instance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday daytime and early evening
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|