I am a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with experience working in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors. I employ an empathic, warm and nonjudgmental approach to therapy and love working collaboratively with people to improve their wellbeing. I recognise the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship and aim to help the people I work with feel listened to and understood.
The first few psychology sessions will focus on finding out more about you and what you are hoping to work on in therapy. During these sessions we will work to develop a shared understanding of what may have led to your difficulties and what might be keeping them going (known as a psychological formulation). This understanding will be used to create an individualised treatment plan tailored to your needs. Once a formulation has been developed, psychology sessions will focus on helping you to move forward by overcoming the obstacles that may be keeping you "stuck". Sessions will often involve agreeing on between therapy tasks to help you continue to make positive changes outside of the therapy setting.
I am skilled at treating a range of mental health difficulties including eating disorders, anxiety disorders (encompassing OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety), trauma/ PTSD, low mood, poor self-esteem, and emotion regulation difficulties. My specialist areas are working with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma.
Within my NHS work, I have enjoyed providing clinical supervision for clinical psychologists, trainee counselling psychologists, trainee psychiatrists, and trainee clinical psychologists. In addition I lecture on the University of Surrey doctoral clinical psychology programme.
I offer a range of NICE guideline recommended therapies including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement & Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, CBT specialised for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I believe in tailoring therapy to meet people's needs, and may draw on a range of different therapeutic techniques and models in my work. I offer short or long term therapy depending on preference.
Please call or email me if you would like an appointment. I offer a free 10-15 minute phone consultation to find out more about your presenting concerns, talk about your hopes for therapy, and to see whether I would be the right person to meet your needs.
For specialist eating disorder therapy please see www.treatingdisorders.com for more information about the therapies I offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
Background & Training
I completed my first degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol before going on to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. My doctoral therapeutic training focused on cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and systemic family therapy. I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (registration PYL33909) and the British Psychological Society (registration 267468).
Post-qualification I have specialised in working with adult eating disorders and child and adolescent mental health. I have extensive clinical experience working with eating disorders in both specialist inpatient and outpatient NHS eating disorder services as well as in private practice. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Enhanced (CBT-E), which is a specialist and evidence based treatment for eating disorders. CBT-E is the primary recommended treatment for adult eating disorders by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines.
In my NHS career I have spent several years working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and in 2020, I was promoted to the Professional Lead of Richmond CAMHS. Within these posts I have enjoyed providing supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists, trainee psychologists, and ST4 psychiatrists utilisng CBT, as well as providing professional supervision to family therapists and psychodynamic psychotherapists.
Heath, G. H., Fife-Schaw, C., Wang, L., Eddy, C. J., Hone, M., & Pollastri, A. (2020). Collaborative Problem Solving reduces children's emotional and behavioral difficulties and parenting stress: Two key mechanisms.Journal of Clinical Psychology. In press.
Plumb, C., Daer, N., Heath, G., & Adlam, J. (2016). Getting Good Outcomes: Towards Meaningful Data Collection in an Inpatient Service. Poster presented at the Eating Disorder International Conference, London, UK.
Pollastri, A. R., Epstein, L. D., Heath, G. H., & Ablon, J. S. (2013). The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Outcomes across Settings. Harvard review of psychiatry, 21(4), 188-199.
Wilkinson, L. L., Rowe, A. C., & Heath, G. H. (2013). Eating me up Inside: Priming Attachment Security and Anxiety, and their Effects on Snacking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(6), 795-804.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£130.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
£130 per 50 minute therapy session
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies including: Aviva, Axa PPP Healthcare, Bupa, Vitality Health, Cigna, Allianz, and Healix Health Services.