Dr Elina (Linnie) Telford

Dr Elina (Linnie) Telford

Carlton Psychology Ltd
Unit 8
Carlton Yard
Victoria Road

01252 711 199 / 07799 195 207

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About me

My name is Dr Elina Telford, known both personally and professionally as 'Linnie'. I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in providing talking therapy to children and young people who experience mental health distress and other concerns, which impact on their quality of life. I also specialise in family work for families with a broad range of other difficulties.

Talking therapies are accessed by people across the life span to support them with lots of different concerns and situations, for example but not limited to: mental health concerns; difficult life events; relationship difficulties at home and/or in other settings; and for those going through a bad time or has emotional problems that they need help with. The type of talking that takes place in a therapy session is dependent on the needs of the client(s), the nature of the difficulty and therapeutic goals, which are developed collaboratively through assessment, formulation and ongoing review.

I am a friendly Clinical Psychologist, who is empathic, warm and sensitive. I position myself as a non-blaming, bespoke, client-centred therapist, who uses evidence based interventions to meet individual and family need(s). I offer a thirty minute phone consultation to help you identify whether I am a good fit to support and help you and your family at this time.

Training, qualifications & experience

About me: I am an experienced and friendly Clinical Psychologist who specialises in child and adolescent mental health and also, family work. I am compassionate, well skilled and qualified in providing 1:1 treatments and family interventions. I value the role of bespoke person-/family- centred and evidence based interventions to meet individual and family need(s). I am empathic, warm and sensitive and have a specific skill set in supporting young people and families to engage with addressing difficulties.

Background: I have worked in the NHS for a number years and across various settings, including adult and child mental health teams. I have also, worked within specialist family therapy, neuro-developmental and eating disorder clinics. My clinical training means that I have experience in working with people across the life span, with various neuro-developmental, physical and mental health needs. Therefore, I am well placed to offer therapeutic interventions to young people with a range of mental health concerns in the context of complex family and societal systems.

Furthermore, I have a background in conducting and supervising research, including but not limited to the areas of the internet and eating disorders, body image and sexuality, and dementia. I have been involved with the publication of research papers, as well as presenting at National and International conferences.

Approaches: I use a broad range of evidence-based models to inform my work, including, but not limited to: attachment, systemic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution focused informed approaches. I am currently in the process of completing a specialist post-graduate diploma in systemic practice to further support my work with families. My interventions are person centred, reflective and dynamic in order to meet the needs of both individuals and families

Expertise: I am a trained Clinical Psychologist and have experience in assessing and successfully treating and supporting children, young people and their families in the following areas:

- Anger
- Anxiety, including worry and panic, generalised anxiety, social  anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and emetophobia
- Attachment difficulties
- Behavioural difficulties
- Body weight and shape concerns e.g. body dysmorphia
- Deliberate self harm
- Depression and low mood
- Developmental concerns
- Difficulties in family and/or peer relationships
- Emotional or social problems
- Family conflict
- High expressed emotion
- Low self-esteem

Whilst I am a highly skilled and experienced practitioner who has skills working with a wide range of difficulties, it is my experience that some people require more intensive and specialist support services. In these instances and with your consent, I will facilitate and support a referral to the appropriate service to ensure that your needs are met in the most appropriate and safest way.


Postgraduate Diploma Children and Young People’s IAPT Therapy: Systemic Family Practice, Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) / Kings College London (Pending)

DClinPsych, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Cardiff University

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Swansea University

MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Swansea University

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Swansea University

Professional Registration and Memberships

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Care (HCPC)

Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice Student Member

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Requests for consultation and bookings can be made via telephone or email. Appointments are available on Saturdays only, between the hours of 8.30-12.30 (GMT). Other times may be available, however, will need to be discussed with myself and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Initial telephone consultation ~ Free
Initial appointment ~ 60-90 minute face-to-face appointment, including the fee of a short summary letter, which may be written after several sessions ~ £150
Therapy sessions ~ 50 minutes ~ £100
Concessions may be considered on individual needs and capacity to do so.

Payments can be made by cash, Paypal or electronic bank balance transfer (BACS). Fees for each session are payable in advance.

The above hourly rate may include a letter summarising work done, which can be sent to the client’s GP and any other relevant parties if required. More extensive written reports can be requested at an agreed extra cost.

Cancellation Policy
Sessions maybe cancelled or rearranged by the client without charge providing at least 24 hours’ notice is given. Cancellations made within 24 hours will be payable at the full session rate.

Further information

I am based at Carlton Psychology Ltd, which is located in the centre of Farnham and is accessible via car, train and bus. Further details can be provided on booking an appointment and/or found at www.carltonpsychology.co.uk

Carlton Psychology
8 Carlton Yard,
Victoria Road - Central Car Park

Maps & Directions

Farnham, GU9 7RD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

The rooms are based at the top of a flight of stairs; however, there is wheel chair access via a lift.


I am available in the evenings and at weekends only. I will endeavour to return emails/calls within 72 hours of you contacting me.

Types of client

Young people