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Principal Clinical Psychologist ClinPsyD Clinical Lecturer

About me

I am Dr Brendan J Dunlop (he/him) and I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist.

I currently work part-time for an NHS Trust in the North West of England and I also work part time as a Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at a university in Manchester in England.

I completed my Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester.

I have now either studied or worked in mental health care for 10 years. This has included work within prisons and secure forensic mental health care, with children and young people, with those that have had a brain injury or a stroke, with people that have intellectual disabilities, with people living with HIV, and adults that have severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

In my work, I use a range of therapeutic approaches. These are mainly:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).

My therapy approach is integrative. This means that I ‘integrate’ different therapeutic approaches based on the client that I am working with. What this means is that your therapy will be highly personalised and specific to you and your needs. I will be able to tell you which therapy or therapies may best suit your needs, based on your story and experiences, and the psychological evidence base for any particulat difficulties you may be experiencing. Let’s arrive at this decision together, so that we can ensure you feel comfortable with whatever approaches I suggest.

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical Psychologists are trained to work with a multitude of mental health challenges, and with people  across the lifespan, from very young children to people who are older adults.

The difficulties that I could support you with include, but are not limited to:

Feeling low/anxious, eating difficulties, sleep difficulties, self-harmful behaviours, experiences of trauma, interpersonal difficulties, shame, stress, management of long-term health conditions, emotional dysregulation, identity concerns, suicidal ideation, hearing voices, grief and bereavement and substance misuse.

I offer therapy to adolescents and young adults, working age adults, families, couples, and older adults.

Because of my particular expertise and skills, I can offer specialist support to people who identify as being from the LGBTQ+ community.

I have also worked extensively with self-harmful behaviours, in both a clinical and research capacity.

Member organisations

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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Areas of counselling I deal with


£135.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer all my therapy remotely via the video platform Zoom, though I can also offer sessions via telephone or text if you do not feel comfortable showing your face. Session fees are £135, and I offer block booking discounts.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please kindly note that I also work for the NHS and for a university, so I only have availability on Thursday afternoons/evening and select evening slots on other days.

Further information

I am registered with Aviva, AXA Health, WPA and VitalityHealth. If you have a private medical insurance policy with these companies, you may be able to get your therapy funded through this.

Middleton, Manchester, M24

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Please do let me know if I can make any adaptations for you if you are neurodivergent, have additional visual/hearing needs or any other accessibility requirements that are relevant to online sessions.

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