Dr Hayley Nixon, Clinical Psychologist
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and have many years experience in the NHS and in private practice working with both adults and young people. Making that initial decision to seek help and support can feel like a big decision. If you think this might be the right time for you to make some positive changes we can initially have a short, no charge and no obligations telephone call. This will allow me to understand more about your difficulties and help us decide together what type of therapy might suit you (or your child/young person) and be the most effective in bringing about the positive change(s) you are aiming for.
I have worked with both adults and children and as such I have experience working with people suffering from wide range of difficulties including:
- Eating and weight related difficulties
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Depression and low mood
- Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder
- Panic attacks
- Social difficulties
- Trauma (including from abuse and post traumatic stress disorder)
- Interpersonal and personality related difficulties
- Relationship difficulties
After the initial telephone call we will decide whether you would like to go ahead and meet. We can then arrange an appointment that suits us both and meet for one or two assessment sessions (50 minutes). During these sessions we would try to really understand your difficulties and what is keeping them going. We would also agree our therapy plan e.g. type of therapy and how many sessions (also taking into account finances).
We then begin our therapy journey together and my aim throughout the process is to work in a confidential, compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative way and for us to better understand the psychological difficulties you are facing and to identify and support the best possible resolution and recovery from these challenges. We will have an ending session which will include a therapy letter and any diagrams or documents we have compiled during our sessions together.
I predominantly use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) but draw on other evidence based therapies where required. I am a fully registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; PYL27209) and British Psychological Society (BPS).
Training, qualifications & experience
My Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) is from University of Manchester. Doctoral training comprises several intensive placements in a variety of specialist areas. Mine included working with children who were looked after and adopted, adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, older adults (predominantly with memory difficulties) and individuals with learning disabilities.
After completing my doctoral training I completed a two year postdoctoral diploma in CAT and am a register CAT practitioner with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).
As well as my varied work in private practice, I currently work for the NHS with adults with complex needs, who are experiencing a range of difficulties such as depression, relationship and personality difficulties and self harm. Many of the indviduals I see were subjected to trauma and abuse in their early lives.
I previously worked for a number of years in a specialist Eating Disorder Service, offering individual, group and family therapy to adults and young people. I subsequently established, and worked as the clinical lead in a day service for individuals with eating disorders. As such I have extensive experience working with individuals with eating issues and related difficulties (for example anxiety, depression, OCD).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I see individuals who are self funded, or using private medical insurance. I am a registered provider with a number of the main private healthcare companies.
I charge £105 per session. Please see my website for further information.
Please visit my website for further information and contact details. Alternatively you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07392602858.