Dr Isabelle Straw Chartered Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy, CPsychol)
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 8 years’ experience of working therapeutically with people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. I currently work in a local NHS adult mental health service as a Clinical Psychologist, as well as working as an independent practitioner for Norwich Clinical Psychology Practice. We are a small team of Clinical Psychologists based at a conveniently located office on Magdalen Street, a short walk from Norwich city centre.
How I work and what I offer:
On seeing new clients, my overarching aim is to help them to feel at ease, relaxed and welcome. I provide a client-centered, compassionate and non-judgmental psychological therapy service, and my approach to therapeutic work is to be open and collaborative. Central to my approach is the importance of the therapeutic relationship providing a safe and supportive space within which you can work on achieving positive change.
Many people have difficult experiences and feelings at some stage in life and this can be highly distressing and have a significant impact on the person’s life. Sometimes people find that they can identify a trigger to feelings of distress and for others this can seem to ‘come out of the blue’. As a clinical psychologist I am trained to work collaboratively with individuals to help them come to a deeper understanding of their experiences, emotions, and reactions, and to help them develop strategies to reduce and manage difficult feelings and patterns of behaviour. I am passionate about helping people work towards a life that they feel is more satisfying and in line with their values, goals and aspirations.
My clinical practice is strongly evidence-based and I draw on a range of therapeutic models according to the particular needs and preferences of each individual client. I predominantly use a form of cognitive behavioural therapy called Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) in combination with techniques from other models including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Systemic Therapy.
I appreciate that deciding to see a psychologist can be a difficult step for people to take. Therefore, we can have an initial telephone consultation prior to any appointment to discuss your needs. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Should you then wish to book an initial appointment with no obligation we can arrange this.
In the first few sessions, we work together to identify your goals for treatment and the most helpful and appropriate way to achieve these. Throughout the therapy, I will work with you to help you develop a better understanding of your difficulties, and to learn strategies and skills you can use to help you improve your current wellbeing and to protect yourself against similar difficulties in the future. During therapy, we will frequently review our progress to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and to discuss anything that you would like to change about the work.
Therapy sessions last for 55 minutes, and typically take place weekly/fortnightly on an an agreed day and time.
If you have any questions at all, or are wondering whether therapy might be able to help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch by email. I aim to respond to all calls and e-mails within 48 hours.
Our therapy rooms are calm, pleasant, and centrally located, with public parking nearby. Our therapy practice (Sackville Place) is based directly opposite Magdalen Street car park and a short five minute walk from Colgate car park. Our practice is also a ten minute walk from St Andrews Car Park. Regular buses also run through Magdalen Street. A very pleasant coffee shop (La Petite) is located directly next door to where our therapy room is located.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of East Anglia
MSc in Psychology (distinction). University of East London
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of East Anglia
Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I have worked in mental health services since 2008 and provided psychological therapies in the NHS since 2010. I have experience of working in a range of NHS settings with a variety of client groups including children, families, young people, older adults, those with long-term chronic health conditions and learning disabilities.
I currently work part time in a local NHS mental health service working with adults experiencing a broad range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and many more.
I hold an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Through my NHS work I have specialist experience of working with people suffering with long-term chronic health conditions.
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Fees are £80 per appointment. Sessions last approximately 55 minutes. Your initial assessment session may take slightly longer however there will be no additional charge for this.
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