Pleased to meet you,
Looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (01420540220).
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic ‘models’. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.
I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction.
I am also part of Avenue Therapies, a community practice of highly experienced and qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. We offer clinics over a variety of locations. For more details please visit http://www.avenuetherapies.com/contact. Many of the team have attended advanced level training and have particular specialisms so, although I may not be an expert in the area you would like support with, it is likely someone within our team is. We offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Systemic approaches. Was also have Occupational Therapy services and close links to local Psychiatric colleagues. All of the team at Avenue Therapies work in accordance with the guidance set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years supporting individuals across the lifespan, from young people to older adults. The individuals I have worked with have had different areas they wanted to focus on, such as low mood, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, recovering from traumatic experiences, or managing unusual experiences (such as hearing voices). I have also worked with couples, families and groups.
I currently work with adults and have a special interest in working with complex PTSD and individuals who have experienced difficulties in life, such as bullying, abuse or domestic violence. I have a background in human resources and I am passionate about supporting individuals to build a more meaningful and fulfilling life at home as well as in the workplace.
In my work I feel it is fundamentally important to listen and understand an individual’s story and focus on personal goals for therapy. I work jointly with clients, using a non-judgemental approach. I believe in using a strength-based approach, working with an individual’s wisdom and resources to support them to move forward.
The models I work with
I tailor my approach to suit the needs of my client and their goals for therapy. I mainly use a compassionate mind (CFT) and cognitive-behavioural approach (CBT), and incorporate mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I have experience in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and individuals can also find this skill-based approach very helpful. I have a keen interest in systemic therapy, and I draw on this to consider wider family, social and cultural factors and to support us to identify possible ways forward.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton, 2014 – 2017.
- MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, 2000-2001.
- BSc Psychology (Hons), Brunel University, 1995-1999.
- Advanced skills for working with trauma: working with complex PTSD. Dr Deborah Lee, 2018.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Southern Health Foundation Trust. 2016 & 2017.
- Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy. Professor Willem Kuyken, 2014.
- Cognitive Therapy for Panic Disorder. Dr Nick Grey, 2014.
- CBT to treat Depressive Rumination. Professor Ed Watkins, 2013.
- Brief Behavioural Activation for Depression. Professor Carl Lejuez, 2012.
- Anger treatment: case formulation and the stress inoculation approach. Professor Ray Novaco, 2012.
- Using CBT to address Insomnia across mental health problems. Professor Jack Edinger, 2012.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees are typically £120. Individual sessions range are typically £100 and are usually 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment.
Some of our therapists do offer concessions. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email or phone (01420540220) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.
As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.
We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings, weekends, Monday day
Types of client