Dr Heather Tomlinson
Dr Heather Tomlinson BSc (Hons), PsychD
The aim of our working together is to help you develop an understanding about your difficulties in a way that enables you to find ways to move forward, helping you become unstuck and help you improve your mental health. Together, we work with your strengths and supplement this with effective psychological skills and strategies that work for you. We use a broad range of psychological skills and techniques and consider various models of psychological therapy knowing that one approach does not necessarily fit all.
Through the process of psychological therapy we hope you emerge as a version of yourself that is psychologically and emotionally stronger.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in 2003 from the University of Surrey, Guildford. Currently works for the NHS, working in a specialist service assessing and treating Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over 15 years working with forensic inpatients in High Secure Services as well as Medium and Low Secure Services and experience working with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) for West Berkshire.
PsychD in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK
BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Surrey, UK
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) levels 1, 2 and 3
Considerable experience working with a range of presentations and psychological difficulties such as; various offending behaviours, challenging behaviours, personality disorder, psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression, living with and recovering from cancer, working with complicated grief and bereavement (including loss of pets), relationship difficulties, child sexual abuse, substance misuse, violent, anger and aggressive behaviours, suicidal behaviours, self-harm, attachment difficulties, emotional dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD.
Psychological approach is eclectic with a preference for trauma informed and compassionate. Other psychological principles drawn upon if appropriate, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
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Areas of counselling I deal with