Dr Ellen Finch-Sieg (PhD, DClin, EMDR)
Hello I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS/HCPC) and an accredited EMDR therapist. I offer talking therapies and specialise in trauma work using EMDR (eye movement desentisation and reprocessing) and other therapeutic approaches.
I can help with a great variety of mental health challenges and work with an integrative framework that draws on 'third wave' CBT approaches (mindfulness based CBT - compassion focussed CBT and ACT), EMDR and what I have learned through working with adults in secondary care NHS settings over the last 12 years.
I currently work for the NHS on 3 days a week and in my private practice on 2 days (Mondays & Fridays). I am very experienced in working with adults who are depressed, anxious, and/or angry. Clients have found it helpful to think about the underlying difficult experiences (in childhood and/or sometimes in adulthood) that have let to some of the feelings they are struggling with as change can not always be achieved unless we are ready to look at our pasts and unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns that we have established over the years.
I find that sometimes we 'just' need a little help to unstuck some of these feelings so that a greater sense of ease and happiness can be felt (again). EMDR uses therapeutic strategies that have the power to 'unstuck' some of these blocked emotions, challenging unhelpful thinking habits that together with other (not so helpful) behaviours leave people in repeated cycles of gloom or a more persistent state of sadness, anxiety or anger.
I see mental health as being on a continuum of ill and 'well' health- am a strong believer that we are all equally brilliant (but simply start off our journeys at different points, or if you prefer the analogy; we are dealt 'different cards' in our childhoods through different genetic make-ups and different family constellations)- and I enjoy helping clients (re)establish a greater sense of well-being with themselves and others.
My professional qualifications have helped me develop into the therapist I am today - but the therapeutic relationship is absolutely key to achieving psychological change - hence I suggest that if you are interested in working with me we meet for an initial chat to see whether you can work with me and I can get a feeling for whether what I offer might be able to help you change (please keep in mind that change can be challenging and there are hardly ever any quick fixes for doing the (inner) work you need to do...).
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Psychology (Bangor University, North-Wales)
- PhD in Psychology (University of East Anglia, Norwich)
- Certificate in Counselling (Leeds University)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Leeds University)
- Accreditation as an EMDR practitioner
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with and regulated by the HCPC (Health Care Professional Council) and the BPS (British Psychological Society).
I am also a member of the EMDR UK and Ireland Association (membership number F0182).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am especially qualified to work with trauma (including PTSD and abuse histories) and offer EMDR (eye movement desentisation and reprocessing) as the evidence based way of treating mental health problems following trauma experiences.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
Photos & videos
Privately funded clients;
- 60 minutes (standard) session is charged at £70
- 90 minutes sessions are charged at £105
The initial ‘taster session’ of 40/50 minutes is charged at £50: I encourage clients to check first whether they feel they can work with me, as I realise the importance of the therapeutic relationship to ‘making therapies work’.
If your employer or insurance pays;
- 60 minutes (standard) session is charged at £120
- 90 minutes (EMDR process session) is charged at £180
- Reports are charged at £200
I currently offer appointments on Mondays and Fridays (day and evening time) on a weekly or fourtnightly basis.
On a Monday I use a clinic room in the newly refurbished Town Hall in Hebden Bridge. This is a central location with easy access to parking and the train station. The clinic room is wheelchair accessible with a ramp and lift.
On a Friday I use an attic clinic room in Beauty By Grace. Please note that this room is only accessible via multiple steps and hence unsuitable for anyone with restricted mobility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English & German|
Mondays & Fridays (day and early evening time)
Types of client