Dr Alesia Moulton-Perkins, Clinical Psychologist & CBT Therapist
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 (GAD), worry, panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, health anxiety, body dysmorphia
- feeling sad or depressed including low self-esteem and low self-confidence
- relationship problems
- 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 I will help you by using the most effective, evidence-based therapies like CBT, compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Where I work
I see face to face clients in Worthing, but you can also see me via video call (eg Skype, Zoom, FaceTime etc).
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 07903 653177
What are the unique features of what I offer?
- Specialist training and experience in CBT, the most effective and evidence-based therapy recommended by the NHS. I have advanced training in CBT and even teach it to new therapists at the University of Surrey so I am well placed to offer you one of the most effective, practical therapies currently available. I am a fully accredited CBT therapist with the BABCP.
- I am a clinical psychologist: this means that I have one of the broadest and most in depth therapy trainings of all therapy professions. Being a clinical psychologist means I am registered with the Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC) a goverment body set up to regulate healthcare professions and provide the public with quality assurance. I also hold chartership with the British Psychological Society. This means you can be sure you are seeing a properly trainined professional who is trained to work with a broad range of problems and client groups.
- Extra online materials: Included in your session fee, I provide extra online 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
- 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 are the benefits of therapy by video call
- 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 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). A clinical psychologist must have as a minimum completed 6 years of full time university education including an undergraduate degree plus a three year doctorate. A counsellor may have only completed a two year part time diploma on top of their university degree (although many counsellors have gone on to do further qualifications, it is not a requirement of their profession)
- 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 problems that wouldn't have a clinical diagnosis. 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. Of course, there are always exceptions and many counsellors will have gone on to do other further qualifications after their initial training so they are able to work with a variety of therapy models and 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 structured treatments like CBT.
- 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, whereas the title 'clinical psychologist' is, 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.
- Healthcare professionals: 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.
- 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 depression
- 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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- People with long term physical health conditions (LTCs) & chronic medical illness
- Coaching, work performance and career planning
An Initial Consultation Session lasts 60 minutes and costs £175. The fee includes the hour long assessment interview, administration and scoring of assessment questionnaires and preparation of a brief summary report on request. I am happy to include a diganosis (if appropriate) for those patients who require this for insurance purposes, or for their own interest. Ongoing Therapy Sessions cost £110 per 50 minute session.
Payment is taken prior to sessions by BACs transfer (UK clients) or Stripe (international clients). If you have health insurance I am registered with BUPA, Aetna Global Benefits, Aviva, Axa PPP and Vitality Health as a recognised provider. Rates for health insurance clients vary so please contact me for details.
Testimonials from clients
“Thanks again. I am generally feeling much better - I feel like I have a rock on which to stand, rather than before, when I felt I didn't have anything to stand on. I felt like you strike a really good balance between being a professional therapist with clear goals and lots of techniques, and also being a human being yourself, being down to earth, with humour and anecdotes, and empathy." Chris
"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