Dr Chloe Walker, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years' experience working with adults and adolescents (aged 16 and above). I hold a Senior Psychologist role in the NHS alongside my private work, which helps me to stay at the forefront of clinical practice. My depth of experience means that I am able to practice in a flexible way that works for you in order to help you reach your goals, and I offer a free telephone consultation in the first instance to start this process.
I use a range of therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to work with people who are struggling with psychological difficulties - from severe and complex mental health problems, to those who simply want to understand themselves better. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a central component of successful therapy, which is why I provide a warm, supportive, non-judgemental space to help you feel at ease. We will work together to identify your hopes and come to a shared understanding of your difficulties, in order to enable and support change.
I aim to help people improve their psychological wellbeing, reduce distress, and to make meaningful changes in their lives. I offer both short and longer term psychological therapy and can help with a wide range of difficulties including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety (panic disorder, phobias, generalised anxiety disorder and worry, obsessive compulsive disorder, and health anxiety)
- Depression, feeling sad, or low in mood
- Work or exam related stress
- Sleep problems
- Low self-esteem
- Trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
- Feeling 'stuck' in life, lacking purpose, or finding it difficult to adjust to major life changes
In addition to offering appointments at my clinic in Guildford, I can also offer face to face online therapy via a secure video link. Please contact me if you would like further details.
I provide an integrated approach to therapy as I believe that no one model of therapy can fit everyone all of the time. The main approach I use is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), however, I also utilise ideas from third wave approaches including mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy. I work closely with people to identify unhelpful patterns that might be contributing to their difficulties, and strategies to cope with them.
Finding the right therapist for you might seem like a daunting task, which is why I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss your situation and your hopes for treatment, so we can decide whether to arrange an assessment appointment.
If you decide to start therapy we would agree on a therapy plan, including your goals, the number of sessions, and the responsibilities we have towards each other. Sessions last for 50 minutes, usually weekly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a decades' worth of experience working across NHS and private settings. In addition to my private practice, I currently work in an early intervention team, offering individual and family therapy to people presenting with a first episode of psychosis. Prior to this, I was based in a secondary care community mental health team working with adults with a wide range of severe and enduring mental health difficulties including psychosis and personality disorder.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) – Canterbury Christchurch University
BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Bath
Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professional Council (Registration Number PYL32423)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (Membership Number 450206)
I adhere to the strict ethical guidelines proposed by the HCPC and BPS.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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
Initial 15 minute phone call - free
Psychological assessments and therapy sessions (50 minutes) - £95
My fees reflect the fact that I have attained extensive training to doctorate level. I am therefore able to utilise a number of skills and techniques outside the remit of a standard counsellor. I hold the protected title of Clinical Psychologist and am governed by the HCPC, the only legally-recognised body for counselling and psychotherapy. I hold a Chartered status with the British Psychological Society, reflecting the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
I am registered with several insurance companies including Aviva and AXA PPP Healthcare. If you would like to use your insurance policy to pay for sessions then please speak to me about this.
If you would like any further information about me or my clinic, please do get in touch. Choosing a therapist can be a really tricky decision so I am happy to help in any way that I can.
"I had never had any therapy before and was nervous about starting, but Chloe made me feel completely at ease from the beginning and constantly adapted the sessions so we were working at a pace I felt comfortable with. I felt that Chloe really listened to what I wanted to get out of therapy and all of the sessions were tailored to achieving those goals. I'm blown away by how much these therapy sessions have helped me in such a short amount of time, and I'd definitely recommend Chloe to anyone who's looking to start therapy. She's made a huge impact on my life!"
"My experience of therapy was better than I ever expected. I have had therapy with many professionals over the years and none have been as insightful, thorough, organised, or effective as Chloe. Before therapy, the majority of my mental energy was consumed by worry, and I was unable to enjoy life. I am now able to live life to the full and can genuinely say that I feel happy for the first time in a long while... Contrary to therapy I have had before, each session with Chloe was well structured, with clear goals outlined, progress measured and weekly homework. Ideas and concepts were introduced methodically and appropriately, and I understood at all times the purpose of the sessions and what we were working towards. Now that therapy is over I am confident that I can maintain my new, improved mental state by drawing on the knowledge, techniques and insights that I have learned. I am extremely grateful to Chloe and feel lucky to have found a therapist who has been able to improve my life so dramatically. I could not recommend her more highly"
"Chloe was brilliant and always reframed difficult situations in a way that... made me feel heard yet positive"