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About me

Are you feeling frustrated by how much your physical health condition is getting in the way of your day to day life?

Is chronic pain leaving you feeling down and making it difficult to imagine a better future for yourself?

Would you like to learn ways to live better with your physical health condition and meet other people who have a similar experience to you?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then please read on or click on the link to my website to find out more about me and how my workshops may be able to support you.

I am a Buckinghamshire-based Clinical Psychologist, with over 10 years' experience in the NHS, and I am developing evidence-based workshops to help people live better with their health condition.  I create a space where people feel comfortable and safe and their experiences and feelings are acknowledged and validated.  With this foundation I am passionate about supporting people to thrive and achieve goals in line with what matters most to them.

What psychological approaches do I use in the workshops?

I draw on understanding and techniques from the following approaches:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focused-Therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness

My passion lies in supporting people to build on their own strengths and develop additional tools to weather life's storms.

Where are workshops held?

Both online via Zoom and also face to face in local locations.

My work in the NHS

I have over 10 years' experience in the NHS as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, specialist experience in physical health.  In 2018, whilst working at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, I was privileged to be nominated by patients for a Patient Choice Award for compassionate care.

Training, qualifications & experience

Education

  • University College London 2008-2011 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • University College London 2002-2005 BSc Hons Psychology

What did the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology involve?

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a demanding and rigorous full-time 3 year postgraduate training programme that is funded by the NHS. It blends intensive academic teaching with several clinical placements in a range of specialist areas under supervision from experienced Clinical Psychologists. I worked in an adult mental health service, sexual health, older adult mental health which included working with people with cognitive difficulties associated with acquired brain injury or dementia, child and adolescent mental health and with adults with learning disabilities.  Prior to this I worked for 2 years as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS and 1 year as a Research Assistant before being offered a place on the course.

Why choose a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologists are unique in that we hold a 'scientist-practitioner' approach.  This means we have a grounding in understanding and applying evidence-based psychological approaches and extensive knowledge of research methods and analysis.  Therefore we are able to provide group-based psychological interventions that have been shown in clinical research to be effective at addressing psychological problems. 

Continuous Professional Development

It is a requirement of our profession to engage in a minimum 40 hours of CPD annually, as directed by the British Psychological Society.  Workshops I attend and my own self-directed learning focuses on expanding my knowledge, skills and practice of my preferred therapeutic orientations.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a registered provider with AXA Health, AVIVA, Aetna, Vitality Health, Cigna and WPA.  I am awaiting confirmation of provider status with BUPA. I can request to be registered with an additional provider if clients have a policy with a different insurance company.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Payment of Workshop Fees

Course fees vary.  Payment is to be made using bank transfer in UK pounds.  My fees cover the cost of delivering the workshop, professional indemnity insurance, my own professional clinical supervision, my preparation time, and, where applicable, room hire and meals.

In addition to working with self-funded clients I am a registered provider with AXA, VitalityHealth, AVIVA, Aetna, Cigna, WPA and Bupa. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please visit my website for more information.

Chalfont St. Giles
Buckinghamshire
HP8

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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 appointments over telephone and Zoom. For outdoor-based sessions in nature I work with what is manageable and accessible for the client.

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Whatsapp

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I provide 1:1 clinical supervision for qualified psychologists in addition to reflective practice supervision for allied healthcare professionals.

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Dr Isabelle Micklewright, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Thrive Psychology Bucks

Dr Isabelle Micklewright, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Thrive Psychology Bucks