Dr Peter Keohane DClinPsych, GradDipPsych, BSc (Hons)
I understand that looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me directly and I can discuss therapy with you in more detail over email or on the phone.
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist. As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic ‘models’. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.
I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction
I have worked in the NHS since 2009 supporting both adults and adolescents, with a variety of difficulties. Prior to this, I also have experience working in not-for-profit healthcare organisations and large research organisations. I have worked with a broad range of personal issues and difficulties, relationship and relational problems, psychological, emotional and physical ill health (for example living with chronic enduring physical health difficulties) and existential challenges.
I currently work in the both the NHS as well as in private practice.
My values centre round enabling individuals, couples and families to recognise strength and resilience and move towards their valued way of living. It is important to me to create a safe, open and collaborative space in which to explore current and historical difficulties and experiences. I value the opportunity to empower individuals, couples and families to make useful changes in their lives and move towards a richer and more positive existence.
The Models I work with
I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. I recognise and value that each person is an individual and therefore tailor therapy to each person I work with. I achieve this by using elements of the different therapies that are best placed to support the particular difficulties each person is facing.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
A selection of my training:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton, 2014
Post Graduate Conversion Degree in Psychology (GradDipPsych), University of East London, 2009
Undergraduate Degree in International Relations with Politics (BSc Hons), Plymouth University, 2005
Narrative Practice, The Dulwich Centre, 2016
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), University of Reading, 2016
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Skills Training Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust & ACAT, 2015
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Posttraumatic Problem in Living, Contextual Consulting, 2015
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Up to Speed, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, 2014
Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Clinical Practice, Middlesex University, 2010
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Middlesex University, 2009
Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), ACAT, 2008
Clinical Psychology Supervision, University of Southampton, 2015
Supervising Systemically (Andy Burnham & Barry Mason), Institute of Family Therapy, 2015
Develop & Explore the Supervisory Relationship, University of Southampton, 2015
Systemic & Social Constructionist Perspectives on Clinical Supervision, University of Southampton, 2014
Teaching & Education
Teaching Tomorrows Doctors,University of Southampton, 2016
Teaching Students in a Clinical Setting, University of Southampton, 2015
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
If you are looking to engage in therapy and would like to discuss further what you are looking for, please contact me either by email or call me and I will be happy to talk this through with you. I can't always answer straight away but I will endeavour to return your message within 48 hours. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client