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Clinical Psychologist

About me

The decision to seek out someone to talk to about your problems and concerns takes courage and can feel quite intimidating. I offer a classic clinical psychology approach either by video based therapy or in a natural outdoor setting. We can agree any combination of online video call therapy sessions and outdoor 'walk and talk' based sessions according to your preference. For many people, the opportunity to 'walk and talk' outdoors can feel more comfortable and lead to a more helpful experience (more about this at the end of this section). Alternatively, I have extensive experience providing stand alone video call based therapy.

What do I offer and how is it different from counselling?

'Walk & Talk Psychological Therapy' offers you friendly, flexible, psychological therapy with an experienced registered Clinical Psychologist. My training as a clinical psychologist, coupled with an extensive practice experience and an additional psychotherapy qualification will enable me to tailor our work to your specific needs. 

Although sharing many characteristics of counselling and psychotherapy,  clinical psychology differs in that the foundation of our work will be based on a thorough understanding of the problems you are bringing (a formulation). The formulation becomes our guide to how to resolve your difficulties and how to help you make changes in your life (if this is what you choose). It will be an active, practical approach, in which I will encourage you to not only reflect on you experience, but also to try out new ideas and techniques in your everyday life. 

Outdoor and Online Sessions

We can use a flexible combination of outdoor and online video based sessions to suit your needs and support the work we are doing. Working outdoors offers many benefits but also requires some additional considerations which we can discuss during your initial free telephone consultation. I will have responsibility for your safety and the confidentiality of our work when outdoors. For this reason I will recommend that we meet in public park locations that I have had the opportunity to assess beforehand.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email or text me, or ask me at our initial telephone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist, recently retired from the NHS, where I offered individual psychological therapy to people experiencing a wide range of psychological distress and difficulty for almost 30 years, (including, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences and issues of adjustment and loss). I also hold a Diploma in Personal Construct Psychotherapy and Counselling, and have been practicing with this approach for 25 years. Additionally, I have experience of working with Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, alongside an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches. My approach often draws upon multiple therapeutic models and techniques, tailored to the needs of the person I am working with.

If you would like yo know a little more about Personal Construct Psychology visit covpcp.com

As part of my NHS role I have had training in Child and Adult Safe Guarding, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Alcohol & Drug Issues, Sexual Abuse and Suicide Awareness

Member organisations

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Psychological distress rarely fits into a neat diagnostic pigeon hole. Clinical Psychology and Personal Construct Psychotherapy together offer a broad spectrum approach to psychological distress which is not tied to a specific disorder or problem. As such you can expect a tailored approach irrespective of what problems you initially bring.

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer an initial (approximately) 30-minute telephone consultation free of charge. During this call you can ask questions about the process, outline what it is you wish to gain from meeting with me and establish whether this kind of work might be suitable and beneficial to you.

Following this initial consultation, I charge £75 per 50 minute session for Outdoor, online and telephone based sessions. 

I offer a discount of 10% for block bookings of 5 or more sessions.

When I work

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Further information

The Outdoor work I offer is not 'nature based therapy', although working outdoors offers many psychological and health benefits, and will allow us to draw on many additional elements in the natural world,  the principle approach aims to bring classic clinical psychological practice into an natural outdoor environment, supported by online consultation.

Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I offer online and Outdoor therapy within a local park which is wheelchair accessible.

Online platforms

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