Dr Taru-Maija Kokkonen, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsych, CPsychol)

Dr Taru-Maija Kokkonen, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsych, CPsychol)

Nautilus Rooms
35a Fore Street


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Nautilus Rooms
35a Fore Street


About me

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I provide psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to children, young people and families in a private clinic in Totnes, Devon. I also work with adults and couples, and specialise in psychological support during pregnancy and postnatally.

I have worked in Paediatric Psychology, Pregnancy Advisory and Clinical Health Psychology Services in the National Health Service (NHS), and also have experience of working in child and adolescent and perinatal mental health services.

I am committed to providing psychological services that are timely, professional, and tailored to meet the needs of each individual, couple or family. I work collaboratively, seeking to enhance and build upon existing strengths and to discover new ways of managing difficulties.


Children, young people and families:

  • Emotional difficulties such as anxiety, worry or fears, low mood, anger

  • Parenting concerns and dilemmas

  • Coping with a long-term health condition

  • Difficulties with sleeping, feeding or toileting
  • Adjustment and support when a child or young person has additional needs (for example, a medical condition or developmental difficulties)

  • Low self-esteem or confidence

  • Life-limiting illness

  • Relationship difficulties within the family

  • Behavioural difficulties, such as disruptive or oppositional behaviour

  • Bereavement, loss and grief

  • Divorce/separation


  • Emotional difficulties such as anxiety, worry/fears, low mood, stress, PTSD

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Loss of pregnancy

  • Psychological difficulties during pregnancy or postnatally

  • Coping with a long term physical health condition

  • Bereavement, loss and grief


Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and enhance psychological well-being. This is achieved by supporting clients to

1) understand the difficulties they are experiencing (by developing a psychological formulation),

2) cope with a variety of psychological difficulties, and

3) develop and practice new ways of managing the difficulties.

​Clinical Psychologists have extensive, Doctoral level training in assessing a range of psychological difficulties across the lifespan, and determining the most appropriate form of help.

I am trained in a number of evidence based psychological therapies. The approaches I draw on include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic and couples therapy, motivational interviewing, behavioural therapies, mindfulness and compassion focused therapy. I am an integrative psychologist, using my training and experience to tailor my support to each individual, couple or family. I have completed Incredible Years parent group leader training, and my work with parents is informed by this approach.

If you or your child are experiencing difficulties that are not included above, please contact me to discuss your specific needs.

I am a recognised provider with a number of leading UK health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, CIGNA, Aviva Health and VitalityHealth. Please speak to your company to find out what your policy covers, as policies vary.

Training, qualifications & experience

- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Applications of Psychology (PGDip), Distinction
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, First Class Honours

Professional Memberships:
- Practitioner Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Member of The British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology
- Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS)
- Enhanced DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parenting, under fives.

Maps & Directions

Totnes, TQ9 5HN

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Finnish

Types of client

Young people
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Supervision & training

I am an experienced clinical psychologist and registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor with the British Psychological Society.

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