Dr Kate Barker, Clinical Psychologist
East Riding Of Yorkshire
I enjoy working with people and am continually amazed by the resilience of human beings to overcome adversity and make changes. I believe change can only happen if the relationship with the therapist feels safe and trusting. My aim is to allow you to feel that you can use the time we spend working together to achieve your goals, working at a pace that feels comfortable to you and allowing you to come to a greater understanding of yourself and the problems you are having.
Sometimes people come to therapy with a specific issue that is causing them difficulty in the here and now, for example feeling anxious or low. For others it may be that they have noticed they are stuck in repeating patterns of behaviour that create problems for them and others around them. Equally, it may be an issue from the past that is troubling and will not go away that motivates individuals to seek help to make a change.
I offer short and long term therapy. I work in an integrated way which means I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches to offer an intervention that is tailored to you, after all we are all unique individuals and one size does not fit all. My approach is a balance of providing a safe space to listen, validate and help you understand yourself better, alongside introducing you to skills and strategies that you can use to help you manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviors differently. I use the assessment process to consider with you what might help and how long this might take. You can then decide if you think I am the right person to support you through the process of change.
I have experience of working with a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, stress, depression and low mood, OCD, eating related problems, anger, personality problems, trauma and PTSD, relationship difficulties, and low self-esteem / low confidence. Please contact me if your difficulty is not described here.
I have additional training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I am also experienced in using Mindfulness and CBT. I am registered with the HCPC. I am registered with a range of insurers including Aviva, Vitality Health and AXA.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists are required to undertake a three year doctoral training course in order to qualify, register and practice in addition to a first degree in Psychology and experience of working in mental health settings.
Clinical Psychologists are trained to work with individuals, groups and systems to make sense of behaviour, thoughts and emotions within the context of a person’s experiences and current circumstances. Through listening and talking Clinical Psychologists are skilled in developing what we call a psychological formulation, which is a joint understanding of what is troubling you and how these difficulties have come to be. A formulation then helps us decide what might help and guides change. Clinical Psychologists draw on a range of therapeutic approaches, depending upon what approach is best suited to the individual. This is all done within the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship.
I have worked within mental health settings since 2003. I completed my doctorate at Staffordshire University, which covered a wide range of therapeutic approaches with a focus on CBT and systemic / family therapy approaches.
Since qualifying I have been based in Yorkshire, predominately working at The Retreat and The Tuke Centre in York. I was the Senior Clinical Psychologist for one of The Retreat's complex trauma and personality inpatient services for several years. I was also a Senior Psychologist at The Tuke Centre, outpatient department, seeing adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties. Alongside this I was the Clinical Lead for the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) service. I currently still work at The Tuke centre on a freelance basis.
I have also worked at the Yorkshire Humberside Personality Disorder Partnership (YHPDP) in Leeds as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, working closely with probation services and prisons to support individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder who had committed an offence.
Alongside individual therapy and running therapeutic groups I have supervised other health professionals and other psychologists. I also regularly contributed to the teaching of Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the topic of working with trauma and have offered training to other health professionals on a range of topics.
I am registered with the HCPC.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to entering private practice I was a Senior Clinical Psychologist at The Retreat, York for 7 years. I worked on a specialist in-patient unit working with men and women with trauma related difficulties. Alongside this role I was Clinical Lead for the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Personality Disorder service at The Tuke Centre, as well as seeing clients within the general outpatients service.
I currently still see clients The Tuke centre on a sessional basis.
Prior to working at The Retreat and The Tuke Centre I worked for the NHS in a range of mental health settings for 8 years. These settings have included Community Mental health teams, Forensic Personality Disorder services, child and adolescent services and physical health services. I have also had experience of working with asylum seekers and refuges fleeing torture.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DCinPsych) at the University of Staffordshire. My training included a range of therapeutic approaches but was centred on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Systemic / family therapy. Since qualifying I have completed further training in:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) -Intensive Training (British Isles DBT)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) Introduction and Advanced Clinical Skills (Compassionate Mind Foundation)
- Working with Groups -Foundation Level (York Groupwork)
I also have a first degree (Bsc). in Psychology and a Masters degree (Msc.) in Applied Psychology.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me if the difficulty to are dealing with is not listed and we can discuss whether I might be able to help. If i can't i may be able to signpost you to a therapist who can.
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Initial appointment lasts 80 minutes and is charged at £85.
Subsequent sessions last 55 minutes and last £70.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have therapy spaces available and have some weekend and evening appointments available.
Types of client