Dr Caroline Formby

Dr Caroline Formby

Central England College
240 Alcester Road South
Kings Heath
West Midlands
B14 6DR

07470 150952

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Central England College
240 Alcester Road South
Kings Heath
West Midlands
B14 6DR

07470 150952

About me

Deciding when we could do with a little bit of help to understand ourselves, the underlying motivations driving us to do the things we do and having the desire to change something about these, I see as a huge personal strength.

I would aim to talk to you over the first two or so sessions, to come up with a hypothesis about what it is that is driving the problems that are troubling you in the present. Very often we can see repeating patterns of behaving or relating to other people that leave an individual feeling anxious or bad about themselves or others in some way. These 'traps' are something we all do in fact, but when they become really troublesome, they can be very hard to spot. I would work with you to find out what some of these are, talk them through to see if you agree and then come up with a plan, with you, about how you can best tackle some of these issues in the present, to make some positive changes in your life. This way of thinking about a persons difficulties can be applied to just about any sort of problem.

As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to use a range of therapies to both figure out what is causing the problems and come up with a range of sometimes creative interventions that are specifically suited to you and the way you think and do things. Some of the approaches I would draw upon might be cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, behavioural, 'new wave' therapies (e.g. mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused) or more specific trauma focused cognitive therapies. The essence of this is that you get an integrated approach, that best suits you.

If you are not sure whether this approach sounds right for you, feel free to either contact me by email or by phone for a chat about what would be involved. The most important thing in any therapy is that you can connect with your therapist in the right way. A brief telephone conversation, at no cost, could help you to decide. Please do leave a message if I cannot answer the phone and I will return your call as soon as I can. Please be forewarned that I cannot give advice over the telephone but I am happy to talk with you about your need for therapeutic support.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Human Psychology       Aston University               1997     (Undergraduate Degree)
Clin.Psy.D Clinical Psychology         University of Birmingham 2003     (Doctorate Degree)

Additional training
Neuropsychology of Dementia    Oxford University    2 Days        December 2014
Supervision Training  Centre for Supervision Training 12 Days (plus 2 observation days) 2012
CAT Introductory Training   Midlands Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy  2 days, 2009
Clinical Neuropsychology with Older People South Thames PSIGE & Salomons Centre 6 days, 2009
'A Space to Think': Introductory Course to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Ideas West Midlands Institute for Psychotherapy 10 1/2 days, 2008
Solution Focussed Therapy Stephen Conlon 4 days, 2006

Since 1997, I have worked in the NHS with people with brain injury, mental health problems across the age range, learning disabilities, children, dementia and their carers and in neuropsychiatry (combination of neurology, neuropsychology and mental health).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Carer support
Adjustment problems
Issues associated with ageing
Health issues
End of life


£100 per session (fees may be negotiable in certain circumstances)

Further information

I have worked in the NHS within Clinical Psychology since 1997 and hold Chartered status as well as Associate Fellow membership of the British Psychological Society. In addition, I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council. I have provided a range of therapies to a variety of different client groups and NHS services during that time. Typically, I use a range of therapeutic techniques with clients depending on the needs of the individual. Examples of these techniques range from cognitive behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic, interpersonal therapies as well as specialist assessment and interventions relating to dementia both for clients and for carers as well as for people experiencing tourette syndrome.

Maps & Directions

Birmingham, B14 6DR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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