Dr Heather Dyson, BSc, MSc, DPsych, CPsychol
We all experience emotional distress at some point in our lives. Sometimes these feelings of anxiety and sadness can leave us feeling isolated and overwhelmed.
At my practices in Guildford and Surbiton, I am able to offer individual therapy sessions in a safe, supportive space and help you navigate these unsettling, often difficult, emotions.
As a registered member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), I adhere to the highest ethical standards. These fundamental guidelines inform my practice every day, meaning that I provide gold-standard care and maintain strict confidentiality, without judgement.
There are many reasons why individuals choose to access therapy and it can be a daunting, sometimes painful, step. Please be assured that, with over a decade of experience, I offer an even-handed yet supportive approach in a safe, confidential setting.
- Are feeling disconnected from yourself and those around you.
- Are struggling to manage feelings of anxiety.
- Are managing your distress through strategies such as self-harming behaviours.
- Have experienced a trauma, or witnessed a traumatic event.
- Identify with one of the following...
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
- Panic Attack.
- Low self esteem.
- Interpersonal difficulties.
I can help.
My doctoral training means that I am able to work drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, including, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and existential and humanistic therapies.
Seeking help from a qualified psychologist can be a positive step forward in addressing these difficulties. As well as working in private practice, I have over ten years of experience working within the NHS and various charitable sectors.
Currently, I am employed with a mental health charity working with ex-service men and women. As such, I specialise in working with individuals who have experienced trauma resulting in enduring mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, as well as complex interpersonal and relational difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been fortunate enough to worked in a variety of mental health settings such as community mental health recovery services (CMHRS), child and adolescent mental health teams (CAMHT), and inpatient settings. Consequently, I have experience of working with numerous individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as various mental health diagnoses, including...
- Anxiety/Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Obsession Compulsive Disorder
- Manic-Depression/Bi-polar disorder
Working with veterans and emergency service personnel has provided me with a unique insight into how individuals manage their distress.
I have successfully worked with individuals whom have experienced a single incident trauma, as well as those who have experienced multiple traumatic events throughout their lifetime.
- Are having nightmares
- Are struggling to connect with others and feeling increasingly isolated
- Are feeling more irritable and possibly more aggressive to those around you
- Are using unhelpful coping strategies (drugs, alcohol, self-harming behaviours) to manage your emotions
- Are avoiding anything which reminds you of your traumatic experience...
I can help.
Many of my clients initially stated how they didn't feel that anyone would be able to understand their experience. You may also agree with this sentiment. Whilst it's true that we can never truly know another's experience, my extensive training and years of experience will help me to connect with your subjective experience, without any assumptions or judgement.
Together, we will work on processing these experiences to decrease your levels of distress and increase your wellbeing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emergency Service Personnel
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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Assessment sessions (90mins) - £140.00
Individual sessions (50mins) - £90.00
Assessment reports - £90.00 per hour
Concessions will be offered to Trainee Psychologists (on production of evidence of enrollment on an accredited PsychD course), Veterans (on production of evidence of service number), and currently employed emergency service personnel for their individual sessions. Charges for initial assessments will not be discounted.
Trainee Psychologists - £75.00
Veterans/Emergency Service Personnel - £75.00
Your appointment will be kept solely for you. Therefore, any cancellations within 24 hours will be charged at the full rate.
I am a registered healthcare provider with:-
Aviva Cigna Vitality Health AXA PPP Aetna Global Benefits
Please note: I am unable to offer a crisis service. If you experiencing suicidal thoughts and need urgent help, please contact your GP or go to your nearest A+E for immediate help.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday between 9am-1pm at my Surbiton Clinic
Wednesday between 4pm-9pm at my Guildford Clinic
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have over ten years experience of working within clinical settings with a specialism in trauma and PTSD.