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Thank you for your enquiry. My name is Alison, and I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist / British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist and BPS Registered Clinical Supervisor. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also hold a Post-Graduate Teaching Qualification (PGCE). I have trained via the BPS as an Expert Witness and have worked with the Justice System and have experience in Child Protection Safeguarding Policies, Court Procedures, and Professional Court Report-Writing. I provide many different assessments. Please see the list below?
I have worked as a Harley Street, London, Consultant, with adults and children, including providing one-off child assessments for parental guidance.
I have experience in Occupational Health processes, including clinical assessment on fitness to practice, working with Law Enforcement Officers, Military Personnel, and other large organisational Clients. My special interest is working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Complex PTSD. (I can also support/offer guidance for family members/carers of those affected by PTSD). Please see further details below for all other psychological difficulties, I can provide an intervention with.
Consultations for any of the above, including for parents, are currently available remotely or via telephone/Facetime, or online via email. Please let me know in the first instance an outline of your enquiry and which method of communication may be more convenient.
Telephone Consultations can be up to 1-1.5 hours. Fees for consultations are £100. A written report is also available (optional) which would be an additional £100. A clinical report can then be kept for personal reference, and/or presented to health Professionals / GP, to guide on recommendations if further interventions may be deemed necessary.
Please note: Payments for all non-face-to-face will need to be made in advance for this service via BACS. Please email to discuss if a telephone consultation or other may be more suited to your needs.
Therapeutically, I find people respond to different therapies because, in my experience, an open approach helps a person think about things in a way that can then become empowering. I, therefore, work with the needs of the individual which means using a variety of interventions including several current evidence-based therapies, to support needs according to symptom presentation and what the individual agrees with, and thinks might work best for them.
The aim within all aspects of my work is to help people self-develop and self-manage their own issues, through appropriate guidance, where experiences, thoughts, and feelings may inhibit their quality of life.
I can offer a range of professional services in the following areas:
Brief Therapy, for example, Anger Awareness and Management, Assertiveness and Self-Esteem Building. Self-Confidence Building for life, work, attending interviews, or improving communication skills if dealing with difficult situations in work or personal relationships. Therapy on a one-to-one basis would be discussed within an initial consultation session to ensure your needs are met appropriately and at the right level. Psycho-education can also be provided to help you understand some of your reactions to upsetting situations and how you then cope.
My career as a Psychologist includes:
Consultant Psychologist - Current
Consultancy and Clinical Supervision - MIND - Current
Lead Psychologist in an Adolescent Inpatient Service,
Senior Psychologist for a Community-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS),
Locality Lead within an NHS IAPT Service,
GP Practice and Older Adult Psychology Services.
Local Authority Work within Family Law.
Expert Witness -Family Law.
I can provide the following Assessments:
Cognitive - e.g. where memory or other difficulties may be affecting learning and behaviours,
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R to clinical reliability standard.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule ADOS-2 for Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome (AS),
Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO). This is an intensive Interview with Parents/Carers of the child/young person or adult, and can be used either separately or alongside the ADOS to support/eliminate a diagnosis of Autism.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),
Emotional Disorders such as Anxiety and Depression,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Therapeutically, I can undertake screening of any of the above to help identify as soon as possible any suspected psychological conditions. Please note in the case of vulnerable children and adults, written consent is needed to contact other services to support the best interests of the person and those caring.
I can also provide advice to professionals who are involved with the management and support of any of the above psychological conditions, through one-off consultations. Please, email me for more details.
Counseling/ Clinical Supervision.
Health & Social Care Service Development.
Educational Settings - Teaching and Learning.
Expert Witness - Court Report writing service or Professional Clinical Report writing, following assessment/consultation or therapy.
In each of the above domains, support is available for individuals, couples, groups, and organizations. My principles and values are based on the belief that my clients' needs are unique, and therefore deserve the utmost respect in whichever context they present.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied the Doctoral level Post-Chartership Doctorate Research Degree with City University, London. This previously included gaining a Masters Degree (MSc) and Post-MSc in Counselling Psychology. Prior to this, I gained a Bachelors of Science Hons Degree (BSc) n Psychology. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Teaching Qualification, and Clinical Supervision Qualification. I am currently a Registered Clinical Supervisor with the British Psychological Society.
I have experience of working within many different Health, Social Care and Educational settings throughout the UK. This includes: Tier 4 Inpatient Adolescent Service as Lead Psychologist and Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a Senior Psychologist. I also have experience working closely with Schools, Pupil Referral Units and Youth Offending Services Child Protection (Safeguarding) issues and Forensics.
My clinical work experience also includes adults, older adults, couples, and families.
In the course of my work, I always offer a Person-Centred approach to help clients. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) if the the approach appears to suit a person's style. I also have experience and current training in the latest techniques, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic pain, and anxiety. I have also used this process successfully with complex grief, and for personal resource-building regarding increasing self-esteem and confidence.
I have experience of Teaching and Counselling in Main Stream Education, Further and Higher Education. In addition, I have worked in Community-Based learning settings, supporting the needs of those aiming to self-develop their education, which at the same time, assists their personal and professional lives. This means I can offer opportunities to those seeking knowledge and education at different levels, and provide training on a variety of subjects according to need.
Counselling / Communication Skills.
Understanding Anger, and Anger Management.
Understanding Depression and Anxiety.
Understanding Stress and Managing Stress effects.
Workshops can be tailored to group need and needs of the service provider.
Therefore, as an Experienced Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, and Qualified Teacher, you can feel assured of a high standard of knowledge and skills that meet with your personal needs and expectations.
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 Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
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 Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy Fees = £80.00 per hour. Please email me for details. I am registered with several major Health Insurance companies. - Please check cover with your provider before booking via this method. Thank you.
Group Workshops - Fees negotiable according to the number of hours required, and whether required in-house or at an arranged training venue. Please email me for a quote.
Please contact me in the first instance by email. I will aim to reply within 48 hours, and if necessary offer some general guidance to help support your needs. If you would then like an appointment, we can arrange it by email or telephone.
Please be aware that if you are experiencing a crisis and require more urgent assistance, please contact your GP or local NHS help-line.
Availability dates will be updated regularly. Please re-visit to check.
No Availability at Present.