Cambourne Clinical Psychology
Cambourne Clinical Psychology
1010 Cambourne Business Park
We are a private clinical psychology practice based in Great Cambourne, Cambridge.
Our consulting rooms are located within an impressive modern business centre, just nine miles from Cambridge city centre. There is disabled access and free parking for our clients.
Currently, we have two resident highly qualified and experienced chartered clinical psychologists delivering a therapy service specifically tailored for women.
We offer supervision to clinical psychologists and other health professionals working in both mental health and physical health settings. We undertake consultation and training of health professionals related to our areas of expertise.
Women’s Well-being offers assessments and therapy for difficulties relating to emotional and psychological well-being. Our female only clinical psychologists are highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable about the many health issues impacting on women at all stages of their lives. We feel passionately about the contribution that timely, evidenced-based therapies, can make to the lives of women. Especially when offered with compassion and expertise. Through our signature Nourish course, we commit to being pro-active in equipping women to live healthy psychological and emotional lives.
- Comprehensive assessments for difficulties relating to emotional and psychological health for example low mood, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Evidenced-based therapeutic treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Mindfulness.
- Individually tailored therapeutic treatments considering any additional health needs e.g. chronic illness, trauma related to health experiences (including childbirth and fertility treatment).
- Our signature Nourish course which has been designed to create space for you to learn about mindfulness, compassion and positive psychology. A course promoting resilience and well-being.
Dr Rachel Benford-Brown and Dr Lynda Teape were part of the 2006 cohort of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme at The University of East Anglia. Since this time, they have both worked in services across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and each have over 10 years experience of working in the NHS. Their own diverse life experiences compliments their broad clinical experiences, working for many different mental health and physical health services. This enables them to provide you with a service which offers understanding, compassion and expertise when you need it most.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Rachel Benford-Brown
I am a chartered clinical psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the government’s Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. I have over 10 years NHS experience. I have also worked with voluntary organisations, including Women’s Aid. I completed my doctoral training in 2009 and am currently employed as a principal clinical psychologist within a NHS physical health setting.
Qualifications and Expereince
BA (Hons) Psychology 2000
MSc Health Psychology 2004
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2010
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy 2013 Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Levels 1-4 2015
My experience is diverse and it includes:
- Being part of a Community Mental Health Team, providing treatment for individuals with moderate to severe mental health problems
- Setting up group work programs in Primary Care for common psychological health problems such as low self-esteem, low mood, depression and anxiety
- Working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Liaison Psychiatry, Major Trauma and Palliative Care
- Being an accredited CAT practitioner and specialising in this therapy
- Supervising other clinical psychologists and allied health professionals
- Having personal therapy as part of the training process
In my work as a clinical psychologist, I am able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches in my assessments and treatment sessions. The initial sessions are an opportunity for us to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and we develop a formulation which guides the plan for treatment. We will talk through the therapy options and which might be most suitable for you. I am able to offer Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive-Analytic Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy. These are well-established therapies which are found in NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines. My aim is to offer therapies that reduce distress, improve your psychological well-being and help you maintain the gains after the therapy has ended.
Dr Lynda Teape
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the BPS and HCPC, with over a decade of experience working in the NHS in addition to other statutory and private organisations. I completed my doctoral training in 2009 and am currently employed as a principal clinical psychologist within a NHS physical health setting.
Qualifications and Expereince
2002 – BSc (Hons) Psychology 2009 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Since moving into clinical practice in 2004, I have been employed in a range of NHS settings, working primarily with working-age and older adults, alongside their families and carers. The services I have worked in have included physical health settings, adult mental health teams, older people’s services, crisis teams, inpatient wards, neuropsychology services (with people affected by both acquired brain injuries and progressive neurological conditions) and forensic services.
Therapeutic Approaches and Specialist Interests
As a clinical psychologist, my training has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in using a range of therapeutic approaches. With a comprehensive assessment and a unique formulation for each individual, I am able to draw on elements of many therapeutic models to suit each person. My preferred approaches and those that I have specialised in since training, have been Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. These approaches are well-established and have a strong evidence-base for people of all ages, experiencing a range of difficulties.
The advantage of an individual formulation and tailored therapy plan, is that the approach will be adjusted to suit the person and their problem. As such, I am pleased to be able to work with adults of all ages, experiencing a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. In addition, I have extensive experience and a specialist interest in working with people and/or families of those living with a physical health condition or following a life-changing diagnosis. This has included working with people to manage challenging symptoms and treatments, coping with uncertainty, disability, adjustment difficulties and feelings of loss or grief when faced with an unwelcome change to your health, your future or your significant roles at work or in the family.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling we deal with
Long-term/chronic physical health conditions
Cancer and palliative care
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Initial telephone consultation 10-15 minutes – FREE
Assessment and therapy sessions – £100 for 50 minute appointments
Longer sessions are charged pro rata
Cost to health insurance companies varies (relates to contract and reports required)
Payment can be made by cheque or cash at the appointment or by BACS prior to the appointment (our bank details will be provided if this is your preference). You can request to be invoiced monthly if a contract for regular sessions has been agreed to.
Chosing your therapist
Dr Rachel Benford-Brown and Dr Lynda Teape are both highly trained and experienced clinical psychologists. If after reading our profiles, you have a preference to work with one of us, then please state this when you contact us. If no preference is stated, we will offer you an assessment with the person with the next available appointment slot.
We see female adult clients, aged 18 and over. We welcome referrals from:
GPs and Psychiatrists
Health Insurance Companies
You can self-refer by contacting us directly, by calling, emailing or submitting the enquiry form on our website.
Health Professional Referral
You can also be referred by your GP or Psychiatrist. There is a form on our website that professionals can complete to make a referral.
Healthcare Insurance Referral
We work with most health care insurance providers and if not currently registered with your company, then we will happily do so.
If we decide to work together, it is best practice for us to notify your GP and Psychiatrist. We will ask your permission and discuss this with you at the assessment. At your first appointment, we ask you to bring a registration form completed as far as you are able, with any questions you have about this.
At the assessment session we will work towards a shared understanding about the difficulties you have been experiencing. We may complete some questionnaires together. Sometimes we find that a second assessment session is needed. We will then have a discussion about therapy treatment options and draw up a plan. A course of therapy is normally 6-20 sessions. Such sessions are usually offered on a weekly basis. We will only offer sessions if we feel they are beneficial to you and we will offer the minimum required to achieve your therapy goals. If we do not feel that it is within our competence to offer you the most appropriate therapeutic intervention, we will inform you of this and support you in finding an alternative therapist or sign-post you to more appropriate services.
Evenings and weekdays (excluding public holidays). Individual clinicians may be able to offer weekend appointments, either for initial assessments or ongoing therapeutic work. Please state if this is your preference to enable us to ensure that your enquiry is directed to the appropriate clinician.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client