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 clients 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. At the beginning of therapy I typically focus on trying to gain a shared understanding of a client's difficulties, where they might have come from, and what might be keeping them going. Following this, therapy is focused on working together to build on the client's strengths, meet their goals and make positive changes.
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 child and adolescent mental health.
Within my NHS work, I enjoy providing clinical supervision for clinical psychologists, trainee counselling psychologists, 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, Acceptance and Commitment, Narrative, Compassion Focussed, Dialectical Behavioural and Mindfulness therapies. I believe in tailoring therapy to meet my client'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 10-20 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
Qualifications & Training
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Surrey, UK
- BSc Experimental Psychology - University of Bristol, UK
- Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO) 20-week training course in Enhanced CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E)
- Tier 2 qualified practitioner in Collaborative Problem Solving
- Supervision Training at Surrey University
- Level 1 APT Accreditation in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Membership of professional bodies
Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (registration PYL33909)
Member of the British Psychological Society (registration 267468)
Chartered Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
I currently work part-time as the Professional Lead in a Tier 3 child and adolescent mental health service within South West London & St George's (SWLSTG) NHS Mental Health Trust. Up until recently, I also worked in a specialist eating disorders service (including both an inpatient and outpatient service) with SWLSTG NHS Trust.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with all forms of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, atypical eating disorders, chronic/ yo yo dieting and body dissatisfaction.
£120 per 50 minute therapy session
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies including: Aviva, Axa PPP Healthcare, Vitality Health, Cigna, Allianz, and Healix Health Services.
I base my therapy in two locations: Museum Street, Central London (nearest tubes Tottenham Court Road and Holborn) and 3 Lombard Court, City London (nearest tube Bank)