Dr Charlotte Whiteley Counselling Psychologist, HCPC reg,
West Hill House Consulting Rooms
6c Swains Lane
I am a chartered counselling psychologist specisliding in relationships, eating disorders, gender and sexual identity, depression, anxiety and stress, trauma, suicidal thoughts and feelings and life transitions, such as separations, deaths, births and illnesses. I work with individuals, couples, families and groups on both a short and long term basis. I have several years experience working in the NHS, private and charity sectors with a diverse range of client groups. As a counselling psychologist I pay particular attention to the ways in which our relationship with ourselves, others and society impacts on how we feel in the world. I therefore place great importance on the therapeutic relationship, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic space.
In addition to paying close attention to relationships, I draw on cognitive behavioural therapy, existential, psychodynamic, systemic, mindfulness, compassion-focused and acceptance and commitment therapy. These evidenced-based models enhance my understanding of human distress and compliment the emphasis I place on how we all uniquely experience our difficulties.
In addition to the therapeutic models from which I work, I also pay close attention to relationship patterns, social groups, relgious and cultural backgrounds, gender and gender diversity, sexuality and (dis)ability. The experience of difference, diversity and marginalization can have a profound impact on how we feel about ourselves and are particular areas of interest to me.
As a fully qualified Chartered Psychologist I am a member of the British Psychological Society and Health Care Professions Council, therefore I follow a code of ethics and am supervised regularly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in a number of settings with a diverse range of clients and difficulties. My early experiences were gained from working with individuals in extreme distress experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. I then worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. I have also gained a range of experience working at a domestic violence charity with children and families using play therapy.
Within the NHS, I have worked in an anxiety disorder residential unit with people diagnosed with various anxiety disorders including OCD, health and social anxiety. I have also worked in a mood disorder service supporting people with depression and other mood related difficulties. Currently, I work in a specialist eating disorder service with both inpatients and outpatients.
I also have experience both privately and within the NHS of working with clients who struggle with their gender and/or sexual identity and I have specialist training to support people with the difficulties that may arise from these identities.
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology gained from University of Surrey (Dpsych)
Psychology undergraduate degree gained from City University London (BSc)
Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behvioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
Training as a gender, sexual and relationship diversity practitioner with Pink Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
I offer an initial free of charge consultation lasting 50 minutes. Following this, I operate a sliding scale depending on clients' situations, which can be discussed during our initial consultation. If you would like to have more information about this, please contact me. I offer discounted sessions for trainee therapists and for those on low income. I now offer a low cost session for LGBTQIA individuals aged 16-24. Please contact me to discuss these options further.
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer on the day of our appointment.
If you need to change or cancel an appointment I require 48 hours notice. If you provide more than 48 hours notice there is no charge. If you provide less than 48 hours notice I will have to charge the fee you would have been paying.
Therapy begins with an initial free of charge consultation lasting 50 minutes where we would discuss your current difficulties and think together about therapy going forward. It would be an opportunity to get to know one another and to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about therapy. Following this, if we agree to start therapy, individual sessions take place weekly and last 50 minutes. Couple and family sessions can be weekly or less frequent depending on the needs of the couple/family. For more information please do contact me via email or telephone. I'd be happy to discuss any questions you might have about the process that would be helpful to talk through.
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