Alison Lane - Clinical Psychologist , CPsychol, AFBPsS, MSc, BA (Hons)
Welcome to my page, I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in Surrey & Hampshire.
Clinical Psychology Explained
Clinical Psychologists have extensive training and are able to assess and treat a range of difficulties drawing on many different models and approaches. We have a first degree in Psychology and then after undertaking relevant work experience, complete further doctoral level training.
I am passionate about helping people to make sense of their difficulties so they can work towards valued and meaningful changes. I will listen with empathy and without judgement to help you identify a way forward. My role starts with ensuring you feel safe and understood so we can begin to explore what challenges you.
Using an evidence-based approach, I draw on a range of therapeutic models, which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and an integrative approach for treating compulsive sexual behaviour.
I use a person-centred style, tailoring my approach to the needs of the individual. I will work collaboratively with you to help explore how and why you struggle and enable you to understand and manage these challenges more effectively. As you learn to step back from difficulties and the distress caused you will be better able to discover new choices that can help change your life. These new perspectives will enable you to break free of repeating and unrewarding automatic behaviours and responses.
CBT is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence for difficulties such as anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. CBT helps us see the links between our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours. These factors can combine to form vicious cycles leading to unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. CBT offers strategies in order to help challenge and modify these.
MINDFULNESS is a skill which helps us notice how our minds naturally do things that create problems - such as over-thinking. Practising and applying mindfulness can help develop awareness of unhelpful or ‘stuck’ automatic behaviours and thoughts, leading to options for change. Mindfulness can be beneficial when applied to a wide range of emotional and physical health difficulties, improving well-being.
ACT is a mindfulness-based behavioural therapy. Research shows it helps people to manage psychological difficulties more effectively and can improve mood and resilience in order to enjoy a more meaningful and fuller life. ACT helps you move towards living the life you want guided by your values without requiring you to change your thoughts. Instead it helps you develop strategies to respond differently to unhelpful and distressing thoughts and beliefs. Using mindfulness based approaches, helps to ‘unhook’ from these challenging thoughts that can otherwise pull and push you around.
CFT was developed to help transform problematic patterns of thought and emotion related to anxiety, anger, shame and self-criticism.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying in Clinical Psychology in 1992 I have worked across a range of different specialities and services. I have specialist training and experience working in pain management, sexual health, neuropsychology and chronic fatigue syndrome. Whilst I have wide-ranging expertise helping individuals manage the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany chronic and physical health conditions, I am also able to help those with purely psychological difficulties. I will help you explore, understand and improve your psychological well-being.I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - my registration PYL16067).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Please call to discuss. If you are not self-funding I am registered with major health insurance providers - Aviva, Axa, Vitality Health and WPAIf a health insurance provider is funding sessions, please ensure this is arranged and you have an authorisation code before we meet.
Payment of fees
Please ensure that session fees are made by electronic transfer prior to each appointment. I will email you details of this along with confirmation of our appointment.
The full session rate will be charged for all sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Public parking approximately 5 minutes walk from both offices.
Wednesdays at Petersfield. Thursday pm at Esher. I also have a regular clinic in Godalming on Tuesday evening, with the option of additional days and times in Guildford.
Types of client