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About me

I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist offering individual psychological therapy to adults (18+) on a short- to long-term basis.

Everybody comes to therapy with their own unique reasons. This can be due to specific psychological difficulties, such as depression or anxiety, feeling sad, difficult early life experiences, traumatic events, high-stress levels, or a general sense of feeling unfulfilled. I believe every person has a unique story, and psychological therapy should be adjusted appropriately as there is no “one-size-fits-all” in understanding our mental world.

My Approach

My main approaches used are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and we can discuss which model would suit you best in an initial consultation. CBT is a useful framework for providing shorter-term evidence-based skills and techniques that you can integrate into your day-to-day life, whereas Psychodynamic Psychotherapy tends to be longer-term with the aim of fostering a deeper understanding of yourself.

What makes a Clinical Psychologist different?

The title “Clinical Psychologist” is legally-protected, meaning anybody using this title must have completed further education up to a doctoral level. This is different from terms such as “therapist” or “counsellor”, which anybody can use without training. As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained in multiple methods of therapy, alongside as a scientist and researcher. This ensures the work we do is based on up-to-date research within the field.

Initial Phone Call

I offer a phone call free of charge to anybody who is considering a consultation and therapy. I understand you may have some questions and thoughts about the process before a consultation, so this phone call allows us to briefly discuss some of your key concerns.

Consultation

The consultation process usually takes place over 2 sessions as it gives us both a chance to think about why you have come to therapy and how I can help. In these sessions, we will explore your current difficulties alongside your background to get a sense of how therapy could best help you.

We will discuss which therapeutic model would best suit you, the length of therapy, and your individual circumstances. Some people find the consultation process is enough to instigate positive change in their lives, while others go on to start therapy work at a length that suits them. This typically ranges from 6 sessions to more open-ended work.

Each consultation session lasts 50 minutes with a gap of one week between sessions.

Therapy

Following the consultation sessions, most people go on to start therapy work.

These sessions last 50 minutes and are scheduled at the same time and day each week. Therapy can bring up difficult thoughts and feelings, and it is important the therapy space is regular and stable so we can process these difficulties together and help you towards positive change.

Location

I mainly work through telephone and video calls due to the covid-19 pandemic, however I do have some availability for face to face appointments from my base in London Bridge. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Education

  • MA in Psychology at Edinburgh University
  • MSc (Postgraduate) in Clinical Forensic Psychology at Kings College London
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London.

NHS

  • Recovery and Rehabilitation teams
  • Forensic in-patient units
  • Substance Misuse services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
  • Older Adult services
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy service.

I am currently working in East London NHS Foundation Trust, and I am completing further foundation training with the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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.

Fees

£100.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I also offer a limited number of reduced-fee sessions to NHS employees (including students and trainee counsellors). Please mention this in our initial contact if you are eligible.

I offer a phone call free of charge to anybody who is considering a consultation and therapy. I understand you may have some questions and thoughts about the process before a consultation, so this phone call allows us to briefly discuss some of your key concerns.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Dr Chris MacGregor

Dr Chris MacGregor