Dr Katherine Peckitt
As a clinical psychologist, I have developed expertise in supporting children, young people and adults with a range of physical and mental health difficulties. I have worked in the NHS and in private practice in a range of community and hospital services.
Working with people who experience stress, trauma, burn-out, low mood, anxiety, and/ or relationship issues in everyday life, my interest is in supporting people to re-connect with themselves, their strengths and resources.
I have a specialist interest in clinical health psychology. Specifically, working with individuals and families experiencing chronic or terminal health conditions. Support in these areas involves exploring the impact of the physical condition and the medical interventions on the overall well-being, self-care and the relationships with yourself and others. I also support families with experiences of loss and bereavement.
I offer psychological consultation and therapy to adults with weight issues and/ or considering bariatric surgery, including individuals psychological understanding of their relationship with their body, food, weight, and eating behaviours.
I believe that the basis for all therapies is trust and often the difficulties people explore in therapy are understandable responses to life circumstances.
I draw on a range of therapeutic models, depending on the needs of the person or family I am working with. Influenced by attachment-narrative approaches, systemic family therapy, mindful-based practices, and acceptance-commitment therapy, I help people to make sense of their life experiences and impact on current difficulties. I work creatively and help people understand and process how they are feeling, and so may use different approaches such as writing, drawing, or sand play.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a degree in Psychology (BSc(Hons)) and doctorate training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych). I have completed a range of additional therapy training, including in family therapy, compassionate mind therapy and leadership and management.
I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and my registration number is PYL3525
I have focused my research on young people’s experiences of stress and mental health in both secondary schools and at University. I have also published my research on the application of psychological formulations in teams working for the National Health Services.
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Health and Care Professions Council
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