Dr Alesia Moulton-Perkins, Clinical Psychologist & CBT Therapist
01903 357 012 / 07903653177
Hello, my name is Alesia. Are you seeking therapy for a particular emotional problem, or perhaps looking for ‘coaching’ to increase your effectiveness at work or in your personal life more generally? Whichever it is, I will help you to meet your goals by providing plenty of practical tools in the context of a safe and caring space. As a highly experienced and qualified clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist I have the right skills to help you to feel better, enjoy life more and achieve a greater sense of wellbeing. By contracting a clinical psychologist, you can be confident you are receiving the highest levels of expertise and training currently available amongst mental health professionals in the UK.
I specialise in working with adults who have the following problems:
- anxiety disorders and stress e.g. generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety
- feeling sad or depressed including low self-esteem and self-confidence
- workplace issues e.g. relationship issues at work, work-related stress, bullying
- neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. ADHD & Tic Disorder or Tourettes
- chronic medical illness or long term health conditions (LTCs)
Whatever your problem, or wherever you live, I will help you by using the most effective, evidence-based therapies like CBT, compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Where I work
I specialise in offering psychological therapy online via video call ('Skype') and am therefore not restricted to a geographical location - the world is my office!
I run a private practice from my home in Worthing, but work the rest of the week at the University of Surrey in the psychology department, training the next generation of clinical psychologists (hence the address above - please note I don't see clients there).
How to arrange an appointment
The easiest thing to do is click the red ‘Email me’ button on my profile here. Alternatively, you can:
- email me directly on email@example.com
- phone me on 01903 357 012 or 07903653177
What are the benefits of therapy by video call or ‘Skype’
- Many scientific studies show that receiving online therapy is equally effective to in person therapy. For some people it can be even more effective. For example, people who are particularly shy or have social anxiety sometimes feel more comfortable online.
- Evidence from many studies shows that the therapeutic relationship formed by video call is just as strong as when people meet in person. Many of my clients have told me they felt a great sense of rapport and are very comfortable talking with me in this way.
- If you are a parent, have caring responsibilities, or live in a remote location online therapy can be the only way to get help.
- If you are a busy professional, distance counselling or remote therapy can be more convenient and time efficient. You can even have a session in your lunch hour if you wish
What are the unique features of what I offer?
- Extra support by email or text: I offer between session support by email, text or chat so you can stay focused and make faster progress
- Extra online materials: Included in your session fee, I provide free access to a private members-only online platform of materials so you can extend and consolidate your recovery and learning between our sessions. From mindfulness or relaxation exercises to downloadable information packs, all resources can be viewed on a mobile phone or tablet as well as desktop computer
- Avatar therapy: I have completed specialist training in avatar therapy with ProReal, a company who provide a virtual reality platform for therapy and coaching contexts. This medium can provide a very powerful way of viewing your problems from a unique perspective, and can lead to profound emotional and cognitive changes. Let me know if you would be interested in this extra service.
- Special training in online therapy: To give you the most ethical, highest quality and innovative service possible I am currently pursuing specialist training in how to conduct therapy online.
What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a counsellor? Why are your fees higher than counsellors?
People often use the terms ‘counselling’, ‘psychological therapy’, ‘psychotherapy’, or ‘psychology’ interchangeably, but in fact they differ. These differences can be subtle and will vary according to individual practitioners.
Let’s look at the similarities first. As a client, the similarities you are likely to notice are that you will have the opportunity to explore your feelings and experiences safely with a qualified professional. In addition to listening carefully and asking relevant questions, both psychologists and counsellors will develop an understanding of your distress based on relevant theory, and will use this to guide the sessions. Another similarity is that both psychologists and counsellors will use an initial session (or sessions) to decide with you if they are the right person to help.
One of the main differences you are likely to notice is that psychology tends to focus in from a broad examination of your life towards identifying a particular issue that may be sustaining your problems, and works to overcome this using tried and trusted techniques. Counselling, on the other hand, often maintains a broader focus. It may be helpful to think of psychology as being based in traditional science, and counselling as a more philosophical approach.
This is reflected in the training:
- a clinical psychologist must by law have a doctorate in clinical psychology, while a counsellor should have at least a diploma recognised by one of the professional bodies (e.g. the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Generally, the initial training of clinical psychologists is longer, broader, and prepares them to work with ‘clinical’ problems that are often more complex and severe than counsellors who generally work with milder problems. For example, counsellors’ initial training includes one therapy model with a particular age group, whereas clinical psychologists’ initial training must include several models and several client groups.
- Clinical psychologists are trained to deliver evidence-based, scientifically validated therapies such as CBT. Counsellors are less likely to have had training in empirically validated treatments.
- Clinical psychologists are trained to conduct detailed psychological assessment, including assessments of cognitive functioning and the use of psychometric tests. Counsellors are not trained to do this.
Each approach has its pros and cons, and at the end of the day which you choose is very personal. Just bear in mind though that the title ‘counsellor’ is not protected in law, so it is important to check what training your chosen professional has.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and experience
Mood and anxiety problems
- Advanced CBT skills gained through a post graduate Diploma in CBT: I completed masterclasses by leading international psychologists like Profs David Clark and Prof Paul Salkovskis in areas such as Depression, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Panic disorder and Agoraphobia, Phobias and Health Anxiety.
- Following my diploma, I completed advanced training in Trauma-focused CBT, an effective and evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Workshops were taught by leading international clinical psychologists like Dr Nick Grey.
Workplace issues and coaching
- I have worked with people who as a result of their job have become burnt out, depressed, stressed, or who have experienced a traumatic incident or workplace bullying.
- ‘Helping the helpers’: I worked in an acute hospital occupational health service providing therapy to nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. I also worked in a London-based private specialist service for doctors and dentists. Currently I work at the University of Surrey training clinical psychologists and as such am familiar with the particular needs of the ‘helpers’ who may find it hard to admit that they require some help themselves.
- I have extensive experience of supervision and mentoring. This, combined with helping students, executives and other professionals with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder improve their focus and organisation, inspired my interest in coaching. I therefore equally enjoy working with with professionals who do not see themselves as having a ‘mental health’ issue but nonetheless would like support to develop their effectiveness at work.
ADHD and Tic Disorder Tourettes
- I have completed specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for ADHD with Dr Susan Young, a leading psychologist in this field whilst working in an NHS neurodevelopmental service
- I am a listed behavioural therapist with Tourettes Action and have completed specialist training in Habit Reversal Therapy and Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics with Prof Doug Woods. Scientific studies show that delivering this treatment by video call can be just as effective as in person therapy.
Long term physical health conditions
- I have worked in a clinical health psychology service for people with physical health problems like chronic pain, and have specialist training in CBT and third wave approaches for long term health conditions. For example, last year I completed a 10-day module, including providing some of the workshops myself.
- I am currently providing consultation to CBT therapists in an NHS primary care service on how to work with people with medical illnesses.
- I am conducting and supervising research at the University on online therapy and mindfulness for people with long term physical health conditions.
- PGDip CBT, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010
- PsychD Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, 2009
- MSc Experimental Psychology, Sussex University, 2005
- MA Education (Applied Linguistics), The Open University, 2000
- PGCE (Primary), Moray House, Edinburgh University, 1996
- BA(Hons) Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Hull,1990
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
People with long term physical health conditions (LTCs) & chronic medical illness
Coaching, work performance and career planning
Individual psychological therapy sessions via video call ('Skype') or face to face cost £90 for a 50 minute session. If you would like to purchase a 'bundle' of sessions, I offer special rates for 6 session packages purchased in advance.
I offer a discounted rate to therapists or psychologists in training.
Please call me for more details on these offers.
I take payment via my secure platform above, or by BACs transfer.
In addition to my private practice, I teach the next generation of clinical psychologists at the University of Surrey, where I lead on CBT. There is also more information about the teaching and research I do at the University of Surrey here https://www.surrey.ac.uk/psychology/people/moultonperkins_alesia/
Testimonials from clients
"I’m really pleased I went ahead with therapy... I opted to have the therapy over video phone which was great because I could fit it in my lunch hour at work, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I need to attend face to face therapy. Alesia was great. She gave me some really useful tools to take away from the sessions which really made me feel I could finally move forward. Even though we spoke over video call I still feel I was able to build a rapport with her. She was very easy going and I felt I could say everything I needed to in front of her without any judgement. I would thoroughly recommend both Alesia, and telephone therapy if you don’t have time to commit to face to face therapy." Sarah
"If you have a busy schedule and or live in a remote location, I highly recommend online therapy with Alesia. She made it easy to settle into each session and not a single session was wasted. She actively listens and provides the help and tools needed to make improvements in mental health and life. I cannot stress how easier I find day to day activities now." Adam
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Generally Thursdays but a limited number of week day evenings may also be available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer CBT specialist supervision via video call to therapists seeking to gain, or maintain BABCP accreditation. .