Dr Juanita Merriman - Clinical Psychologist
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and DBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. They do not always offer skills to help you make changes. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Why do people choose to have therapy?
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.
I believe in providing people with a calm and safe space, allowing them to take the time to explore their current and historical experiences. It is through this, I hope to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and an appreciation for the direction they would like their life to move in. I believe by building on their existing strengths we can work towards a future where they feel more able to cope with difficult experiences and can make steps towards living a richer and more meaningful life.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace, you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (020 7112 8834).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in NHS, charitable and private healthcare services since 2009. My experience has included working with adults with mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, medically unexplained symptoms, chronic pain as well as adults adjusting to life after a brain injury or physical health problems. I am currently working in the NHS with adults who have mental health problems, a dementia or a learning disability. I work with the individual, their partner, carer or family, depending on what is appropriate.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Southampton, 2017
Masters in Psychological Research Methods (MSc), University of Portsmouth, 2010
Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (BSc Hons), University of Portsmouth, 2008
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Up to Speed, Southern Health NHS Trust, 2018
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) course, Russ Harris, 2017
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, The Rowans, 2013
Mindfulness, Dunkley & Stanton, 2012
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
At Avenue Therapies, we provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment.
For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees in Portsmouth are normally £140. Individual sessions are usually 50 minutes and fees in Portsmouth are normally £95. Some of our therapists do offer concessions. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible.
I can't always answer straight away but I will endeavour to return your message within 24 hours. I work as part of a practice called Avenue Therapies where you can call to speak to our admin team on (020 7112 8834) or alternatively you can contact me directly on my email. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
At Avenue Therapies we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible, offering appointments to fit around you.