Dr Deirdre O Keeffe
BSc (Hons), MA, DclinPsy, HCPC- Clin. Psych.
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Hi, my name is Dee and I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC. I offer therapies online to people living in the UK. I am also an Associate Clinical Psychologist at Harley Street Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic. After meeting with clients, I create bespoke interventions depending on people' difficulties, strengths and hopes.
For over 10 years, I have worked in numerous different mental health services in the NHS (National Health Service, UK). During this time, I had the opportunity to work with people of varying ages, life stages and backgrounds, who brought diverse and unique experiences to therapy. My current NHS role involves working with children, young people and families who are experiencing a range of difficulties.
As a psychologist, I believe that compassion and a safe space to explore experiences, challenges, thoughts and feelings can be hugely helpful. I aim to support people to make sense of their pain and difficulties, with a view to overcoming them or managing them differently, and moving forwards. I know this can be difficult to achieve alone and so I offer therapy to support people in this process.
I am an integrative psychologist and draw on a range of evidence-based psychological models and interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Systemic therapy (family and/or couple), Narrative therapy, Compassion Focused therapy (CFT) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).
One of the skills of a clinical psychologist is to create a bespoke treatment plan following assessment for each individual person, often combining two or more evidence based treatment approaches.
The therapy plans I create will be specific to you, your difficulties, your strengths, and your hopes. The plans created will be reviewed throughout therapy to ensure we are both working towards the same goal.
I regularly check in with people I am seeing to ensure the approach we are using feels right and to talk about anything you would like me to do differently.
Our first conversation
(Free 15 minute video or telephone consultation)
I know it may be daunting and overwhelming to think about starting therapy. The difficulties you are experiencing may have been around for a long time and it can be difficult to know what to bring to therapy or whether it will help.
If you are unsure whether therapy can help, please request a free, no obligation 15 minute video or telephone consultation. This may help you to decide whether we will be a good fit for each other. You may ask questions you may have about the therapy I offer, or if you have queries about the terms and conditions, we can discuss it then. You may decide to go ahead and book a psychology assessment with me after the consultation, but you are in no way obliged to do so.
Assessment and Formulation:
Before therapy can begin, I will complete an assessment with you. The aim of this assessment is to find out about you as a person, your strengths and interests and the challenges you would like support with. We will work towards developing an understanding of the presenting problem, where the problem may have started and what is keeping the problem going. This involves discussing your current difficulties, the past, the present and the future. This will enable us to develop a joint understanding of your distress, your strengths, your hopes for therapy, and what is required in order for meaningful change to occur. This shared understanding is known as a "psychological formulation".
If the outcome of the assessment results in me feeling that, as a therapist, I do not have the most appropriate knowledge or skills to support you, I am professionally obligated to signpost you to more appropriate services, which I will do. Alternatively, following the assessment, you may decide that you do not wish to access psychological therapy- you are under no obligation to continue.
Following the assessment, I will create a bespoke treatment plan which I will share with you. We will work together over a few sessions, towards your therapy goal.
Therapy is not like taking a drug that has an immediate effect. It can take several weeks to notice any change in your mood or experiences. However, the impact is typically long lasting.
I hope therapy will provide you with skills and insight, which you can continue to use after our work together if necessary.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Canterbury Christ Church University)
- Masters in Mental Health Studies (Kings College London)
- BSc Psychology (University of Edinburgh)
- BSc Science (National University of Ireland, Galway)
For over 10 years, I have worked in numerous different mental health services in the NHS (National Health Service, UK).
During this time, I had the opportunity to work with people of varying ages, life stages and backgrounds, who brought diverse and unique experiences to therapy.
The people I have supported were experiencing a wide range of difficulties, such as, anxiety, phobias, anger, low mood, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, trauma responses (including PTSD) and major life changes.
I have worked in a variety of settings and contexts with young people and adult
Services for children and young people
I have worked in the following services for children and young people:
- Pediatrics (Medical setting)
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs)
- Neurodevelopmental CAMHs Team (Children and young people with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism)
- CAMHs services for children and young people in foster care or who have been adopted
I have worked in the following adult services:
- Medical hospital (Oncology and Haematology)
- GP practices
- Community Mental Health Teams (adults, older adults and adults with learning disabilities)
- Inpatient mental health wards
- Community rehabilitation and enablement services
- Older adults memory service
At various time-points in my career I completed research, some of which was published in peer reviewed scientific journals:
1. Kings College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust:
O’Donoghue, E., Clark, A., Richardson, M. et al. (2018). Balancing ACT: evaluating the effectiveness of psychoeducation and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups for people with bipolar disorder: study protocol for pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials 19, 436
2. The University of Cambridge, Centre for Brain Repair:
Kit Wu, Deirdre O’Keeffe, Marios Politis, Grainne C. O’Keeffe, Trevor W. Robbins, Subrata K. Bose, David J. Brooks, Paola Piccini, Roger A. Barker, The catechol-O-methyltransferase Val158Met polymorphism modulates fronto-cortical dopamine turnover in early Parkinson’s disease: a PET study, Brain, Volume 135, Issue 8, August 2012, Pages 2449–2457
3. The University of Cambridge, Centre for Brain Repair:
Kit Wu, Deirdre O’Keeffe, Marios Politis, Grainne C. O’Keeffe, Subrata K. Bose, David J. Brooks, Roger A. Barker, Paola Piccini (2012). 123 In vivo evidence of COMT val158met functional polymorphism modulates different levels of dopamine turnover in Parkinson's disease: an 18F-dope PET study, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 83 (3) 1
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Up to £165.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
- Psychology Consultation (15 minutes): £0
- Psychology Assessment (60 Minutes): £160
- Psychology Treatment (50 Minutes): £130 per session
When I work