Dr. Amy Gibbard, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, HCPC Registered
Everyone faces challenges at certain times in their life and can benefit from the opportunity to talk things through in a confidential and supportive space. As an approachable and skilled practitioner, I can help you to feel heard, gain understanding, build confidence and skills and find solutions and new perspectives to the difficulties you face.
I am a highly experienced Psychologist and as such, am able to draw on a range of skills and evidenced-based, NICE recommended therapeutic approaches to best meet your needs. I have particular specialism in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based approaches and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is of benefit to people who have suffered traumas including people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Throughout my career, I have helped a great many people who have struggled with a wide range of mental health difficulties or who have needed a supportive space to work through a particularly challenging time. I would be very happy to talk with you about how I might be able to support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counselling Psychologist and Mindfulness teacher with over 15 years of experience working with adults in mental health settings in the NHS and in independent practice. I have experience of working with individuals, couples and families and of running psycho-educational and therapy groups. In my role in the NHS, I am a Principal Psychologist in a large community mental health team. I work with people with difficulties including depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Personality Disorders, Bi-polar Disorder and a range of other difficulties. I also offer supervision and training to other professionals, psychologists and trainees.
Qualifications and Training
I have a Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology (PsychD) from the University of Surrey. This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have a first class honours degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) from the University of Bristol.
I have attended a range of other training courses including in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) (parts 1-3) with Richman EMDR Training and Mindfulness teacher training with Bangor University.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). My registration number is 109050
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). My registration number is PYL05574
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am experienced in treating a wide range of difficulties. If you are looking for help with something not listed above, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I may well be able to help.
In addition to my professional training as a Counselling Psychologist, I have completed parts 1-3 of the EMDR training which can be of particular benefit to people who have experienced traumas or suffer from phobias. I have completed Mindfulness teacher training. Mindfulness can be of benefit for a wide range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I charge £95 per one hour session. The rate is the same for assessment and treatment sessions.
Please note that missed sessions or those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the sessions confidential?
The content of sessions is confidential and information is kept securely and in line with the Data Protection Act. Sometimes referrers or insurance companies require brief reports about the work that is undertaken. As a registered psychologist, if I am concerned about your safety or that of someone else, I have a legal and ethical obligation to share the information with appropriate professionals, but wherever possible, I would discuss this with you first.
What if I am unsure about starting therapy?
I understand that it can be a very anxiety provoking to consider starting therapy or perhaps you are just not sure if it would be right for you. The assessment session would allow us to meet, to begin to discuss the difficulties that you are experiencing and consider what you would hope to gain from coming to therapy. We could explore how therapy could be of benefit to you and consider if now is the right time. It would give you the chance to meet with me and to decide if therapy feels right for you, with no obligation to continue.
Can I talk to you on the phone before we have an assessment?
I would be very happy to offer a free 10 minute consultation by phone to answer any questions that you might have before deciding whether you would like to meet.
How long does therapy last?
Each session lasts for one hour. The number of sessions needed can vary a great deal. It may be as little as 4-6 weeks depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and the outcomes that you are hoping for. I offer therapy supported by the latest research evidence and recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Having goals for the work can help to ensure that the therapy is as useful as possible. Therapy is most successful when a person can attend regularly and complete the work.
Are concessions available?
I offer one means tested, reduced rate slot which you may have to wait for. Please feel free to discuss this with me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening slots are available. Please call to check availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have many years' experience of providing clinical supervision to other qualified clinical and counselling psychologists, trainee psychologists and other mental health professionals.View supervision profile