Dr Karen Halford

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Clinical Psychologist
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Newbury RG14 & Abingdon OX14
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About me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, with over 20 years of experience in the NHS and in private practice.  I have extensive experience of working with clients with a variety of different difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, BDD, ADHD, adjustment to stressful life events and low self-esteem.  

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a variety of approaches but I mainly use CBT, ACT, ERP, schema therapy and CFT.  I develop strong therapeutic relationships with people and work in a collaborative way.

Clinic rooms I have confidential practice rooms in Newbury. There is plenty of free parking available. I work Mondays to Fridays.

Further information

Please have a look at my website for further information: www.halfordpsychology.co.uk

I would be really happy to talk to you on the phone to help you to decide if I can provide what you feel you need (07847 886718) or to answer any questions you have by email if you would feel more comfortable with this. Both my email and my phone messaging service can only be accessed by me so are totally confidential, so please feel free to leave a message if I am not available and I will contact you as soon as I can. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) from Oxford University
  • Masters Degree (MSc) in Applied Psychology from Cranfield University (Class 1)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University (Class 1 - Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) degree in Management from Hull University (Class 2:1)
  • My doctoral thesis examined possible factors involved in the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after childbirth
  • Professional Certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School (Distinction)

Further training

  • Rewiring the Anxious Brain (Dr Catherine M Pittman)
  • Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (Dr Russ Harris)
  • Various additional CBT training courses eg for Depression, OCD, Self-harm, Formulation skills, Low self-esteem, Trauma/PTSD, Complex cases, (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)
  • CBT for childhood sexual abuse (Dr Helen Kennerley)
  • CBT to build resilience and uncover strengths (Dr Christine Padesky)
  • DBT (Dr Fiona Kennedy)
  • ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis for adults (UKAAN)
  • Psychosocial support and skills training for adults with ADHD (UKAAN)
  • ADHD Clinical Services Provider Certification Course: Strengths based interventions to thrive with ADHD (Psychotherapy Networker)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) (AS Directions Ltd)
  • Schema Therapy Foundations: Theory and Core Skills (Schema Therapy School)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for depression (Professor Mark Williams)
  • Teaching mindfulness skills to clients (Greyrock Ltd)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mindfulness Training Ltd)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy for childhood trauma (Dr Deborah Lee)
  • EMDR (EMDR Works Ltd)
  • Addictions (Ronnie Aaronson)
  • Schema Therapy for Complex Cases, BPD, Narcissm and Anxious/Avoidant PD (Schema Therapy Associates Ltd)
  • Time-limited Schema Therapy (Schema Therapy Associates Ltd)
  • Psychodynamic principles and practice (Tavistock Centre)
  • Clinical Supervision: supervising others (Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology)
  • Excellence in Report Writing for Expert Witness work (Bond Solon)
  • Business and Responsibilities for Expert Witness Work (BPS)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss (Dr Julie Binderman)
  • When a parent dies (David Kessler)


I worked in the NHS for many years in three different Trusts; Oxford Health, Tees Esk & Wear Valleys and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust in several different mental health teams, a rehab unit and a specialist eating disorder unit.  I have now worked in private practice for over 10 years.

I am Chartered by and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and fully registered as a Clinical Psychologist by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which means that I offer high levels of knowledge and expertise and follow ethical and professional guidelines in my practice. I am committed to continuing professional development so I often attend additional training and I have regular supervision to ensure the highest levels of professional care for my clients.

Prior to my psychology training and joining the NHS, I joined the graduate management scheme in Unilever (UCMDS) and worked in a marketing/brand management capacity for several years, both in Unilever and other multinational organisations.

Member organisations

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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£150.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

Fees are £150 per session for assessment and treatment sessions. Our sessions can be weekly or fortnightly, whichever suits you best. 

Payment by bank transfers are requested after each session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Hambridge Road, Newbury, Berks, RG14

Milton Park, Milton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Dr Karen Halford
Dr Karen Halford