Dr Lian Dimaro, BSc (Hons), PGCert, DClinPsy
All of us encounter difficulties in life and psychotherapy can help when life feels unbearably difficult, but it can also make a decent life even better. Whether you are looking for help with a serious problem, or wanting to develop and self-improve, I provide a space for those wanting to devote focused time and energy to exploring and understanding their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
I offer a comprehensive psychological package with an assessment, personalised formulation, and tailored approach that will support you to make changes to lessen your distress and increase your enjoyment of life.
With extensive training and over 10 years of experience, I am able to draw on a wide range of evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), integrative and analytic approaches, systemic and narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies. This variety allows for a considerable amount of flexibility in finding a psychotherapy model and style that suits your needs and preferences. In some cases and with your permission, I can also liaise with your GP (or other professionals) to ensure a truly holistic approach that is up-to-date with the latest guidelines.
Free Telephone Consultation
I recognise how daunting it can be trying to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with to talk to. To help you decide whether I might be the right person for you, I also offer a free, no-obligation telephone consultation (up to 15 minutes - please see below).
'Dr Lian Dimaro was the first psychologist I had ever been to and the thought of talking to a stranger about my issues made me extremely nervous. Lian put me as ease right away and allowed me to feel comfortable opening up about how I was feeling. Throughout our sessions Lian was easy to talk to, understanding and very patient. She gave advice, though was not forceful with it, she helped me come to my own conclusions about how I was feeling, and gave advice on how to move forward from there. In the short time I spent with Lian, she helped me learn to not only manage my depression and anxiety but move away from it. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking help'. (Kellie)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, fully insured and DBS checked.
Professional and Academic Qualifications
BSc. (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 2.1 - University of Sheffield (2006)
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health, Distinction - Sheffield Hallam University (2009)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Nottingham (2013)
I am currently in the final year of my Medical Degree (MBChB) at the University of Leicester.
I have undertaken further training in Eye Movement Densitization & Processing (EMDR), Schema Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). I have also completed the Supervisor Training & Recognition certificate.
Summary of Experience
I have over 10 years experience working in mental health care in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors. My professional training has all been in NHS settings, I have worked in both community and inpatient mental health services and have been in private practice since 2015. I have a special interest in psychological problems within the context of trauma and physical health, with a number of published papers.
A copy of my full CV and list of publications is available on request.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in helping people with a range of both common and more complex emotional difficulties including low mood, depression, stress, anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, bereavement, trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD), abuse, childhood and attachment problems, as well as coping with physical health problems and chronic pain.
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Initial 15 minute telephone consultation - Free
Comprehensive assessment (90 minutes) - £80 (including psychometrics)
Sessional rate (60 minutes) - £70
All Fees are payable in cash at the time of appointment or via online bank transfer prior to the appointment, unless an alternative pre-arranged agreement is in place.
Please be aware that should need to cancel your appointment for any reason, you may do so without charge by giving at least 48 hours notice of the cancellation. This allows me enough time to re-book the cancelled appointment slot and avoid unnecessary preparation time. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the appointment will be charged at half the original fee, whilst “no shows” and cancellations made within 24 hours will be charged for in full.
Exceptions can of course be made in the case of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness, unavoidable traffic delay or accidents. Should the appointment be cancelled by me, no fee will be required.
Interested? What happens next
1) In the first instance, please contact me via email. Briefly tell me about your situation, what you'd like help with and what you're hoping to gain from therapy. This allows me to get an idea of the challenges you face and whether I am suitable. I will normally respond the same day or at least within 48 hours.
2) If you'd like a free, no-obligation telephone consultation (up to 15 minutes) then please send me your name, number and a convenient time to call. This gives you the opportunity to find out more about me and my approach, and whether you feel I'm the right person for you.
3) I will leave it for you to decide whether or not you want an assessment. If you choose to go ahead, we'll meet in my therapy space, drink tea and talk in more detail about the things you're struggling with, how they might have come about and how therapy could help you move forwards.
4) From there, if you decide you'd like to come back, we can agree on the number and frequency of sessions. However, you can at any point change your mind and are under no obligation to continue.
I work from a small upstairs office at my home address, located in the old part of Castle Donington. This lovely little market town sits in the middle of the 'Derby, Nottingham, Leicester triangle' within easy reach of the M1 (J24), M42/A42, A50 and A38. There is a free public carpark within 100 yards and free on street parking available.
In some circumstances and for group/family sessions, home visits can be arranged. Please contact me for further details.
I abide by the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and follow The British Psychological Society (BPS) and National Institute for Clinical Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Saturdays and Occasional Evenings
Types of client
Supervision & training