Dr Ellie Harper, C.Psychol, HCPC Registered Psychologist
I’m Dr Ellie, a psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council.
Through my private practice, Dr Ellie Psychology, I provide a range of psychological services to the general public, businesses and the media. I offer psychological assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate), therapy and wellbeing packages, both in person at my clinic in Liverpool, and via online consultations. My focus is on helping people to get the most out of life by giving them the skills they need to overcome obstacles to their mental health and make positive changes to improve their wellbeing.
My philosophy is based on compassion, hope and hard work. Whatever you need help with, I always aim to offer a friendly and nonjudgmental space in which you can explore your problems, heal and grow. Getting the most out of life isn’t easy. I can help you figure out what’s really important to you and work with you to build the skills you need to live the life you want. I can’t do it for you, but I will walk alongside you on this part of your journey while you get to where you want to be.
I work with people with difficulties including:
- Bereavement and loss
- Recovery after traumatic experiences
- Relationship issues
- Issues with confidence and self-esteem
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Experiences of abuse
These are just a few examples of the types of difficulties I work with. Whatever your experiences, please get in touch if you would like to discuss how therapy may be able to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BA (hons) in psychology from the University of Manchester and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Teesside University. I have trained in the following therapeutic approaches:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Psychodynamic therapy
As a psychologist it’s really important to keep up to date with the latest developments in theory, research and practice and I regularly attend further training courses to further enhance my knowledge and skills.
I have worked in a variety of public, private and research settings. In the NHS I have provided assessment, diagnosis and psychological therapy for people with a wide range of complex mental health problems. I have also worked in a specialist service for people with personality disorders, which is where I developed my passion for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), having seen first hand how it can help people in so many different ways.
I have also worked on research projects for the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s Hospital. At the Women’s Hospital I tested a package of care for women experiencing post-traumatic stress following childbirth. At the University I designed and tested a community-based intervention aimed at improving the wellbeing of pregnant and postnatal women.
I write a lot on the topics of psychology and mental health including a weekly column, Mind over Matter, which appears in multiple regional news titles across the country, a weekly blog and guest articles for websites and magazines. My work has appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan, More and Take a Break. I also provide expert opinion and commentary for the print and broadcast media.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 20% discount for all online consultations
Per 1 hour session - £75
Mental health MOT - £150
90-minute mental health check-up plus personalised report and recommendations
Back to Basics Programme - £500
6 x 1 hour sessions focussing on core areas of psychological wellbeing which aimed at increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to mental health issues
Everyday DBT Programmes - £500 per programme
There are four everyday DBT programmes which focus on the following areas: mindfulness and self-awareness; understanding and managing emotions; relationships; and coping with distress. They can be purchased as individual programmes, or you can complete two, three or all four of the everyday DBT programmes consecutively, building a package tailored to your individual needs. Discounts are available when you purchase multiple programmes.