Gerard Hannon Psychologist; Anxiety, Worry, & Rumination Specialist
Welcome. I am a highly experienced Specialist Psychologist and Psychotherapist/Counsellor, providing psychological assessments, and therapy for both individuals and couples. I work with children, adolescents and adults on a broad range of issues, including, depression, rumination, bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anxiety, worry, stress, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD, Autism, PTSD, early-onset psychosis, self-harm/suicide ideation, grief/bereavement, relationship issues, and behavioural/emotional regulation issues.
I provide a non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment where people can feel at ease, talk openly and reflect on their experiences. I am experienced in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT). I have a particular interest in mindfulness, guided imagery and inner child work which can enhance a person's ability to experience a deeper connection with themselves and others. In my experience, these valuable tools tend to lead to improved mental well-being and a more fulfilling life.
My research interests include exploring the function and conceptualisation of worry and rumination and exploring how individuals can become more in control of their thoughts and emotions. I have presented my research at the National Clinical Conference 2013 on, Worry, Loneliness and Coping Styles, and a number of papers at The National Counselling Psychology Conference on, (1) The role of Worry and Rumination, 2017 (2) Repetitive Negative Thinking in Adolescents 2017 (3) Worry: overlooked by Counselling Psychology and overshadowed by the Medical Model 2018 (4) Conceptualisation of Worry 2019, (5) Walking the tightrope between my own needs and the perceived needs of society 2020 (Submitted). My current research is focused on exploring concepts and therapies which could help individuals regulate their emotions more effectively and manage emotional contrast.
- London Bridge
- London Central
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
2010, Certificate in Counselling Skills, National University of Ireland.
2013, Degree in Integrated Counselling, (Award: Distinction).
2013, BSc (Hons) Psychology (Award: First Class Honours).
2021, Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey.
Further Specialist Training.
2017, Mentalized Based Therapy (MBT) Anna Freud Centre and East London NHS Foundation Trust
2017, Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) British Isles DBT National Training
2013 & 2014, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Training
2011, Suicide Assist Training (SAT)
2011, Mindfulness Training.
I have a wealth of experience providing counselling and psychotherapy in the NHS, third sector and privately. I have also worked in a variety of public and private mental health settings including; National Health Service, Community Mental Health Teams, Clinical Health Teams, Borough Council (learning disabilities), University and Colleges student well-being departments and Community Workshops. I was a counsellor and director of a charity supporting individuals who experience difficulties related to self-harm and suicide. I have provided longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) at the National Health Service and at the Priory Hospital. I currently am employed by the Priory Hospital as a therapist offering one-to-one and group therapy in a range of modalities, psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, MBT and teach mindfulness.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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