Dr Katherine Preedy
I am a highly experienced Chartered and Clinical Psychologist dedicated to providing a safe and confidential space for people to work through their difficulties. At times we can all be vulnerable to experiencing distress or stress and it can feel like a really big step to try and start therapy. Over my long career I have seen how much psychological therapy can improve the quality of life and mental wellbeing for people, with both short and longer-term issues, and help prevent such difficulties recurring again in the future. Whether it’s to help you adjust to life’s stresses, overcome trauma or distressing experiences, or try to reflect upon and change life-long patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour, there are many ways therapy can help. I work with all kinds of people and offer a safe space to explore, reflect and problem-solve the difficulties that could be impacting on your well-being and daily functioning.
Having worked for over 15 years in the NHS and now exclusively in private practice I am experienced in a number of different evidence-based therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Drawing on these and the current best practice guidance I can work with you to tailor the therapy to best suit you and your individual needs. I work both face to face on also offer online sessions.
Who I work with
Whilst some people may have a clear idea of what they are struggling with, or what therapy they would like, many other people come to me without a diagnosis and together we can explore their situation and try to make sense of it before making a treatment plan. There are many ways that people can experience difficulties with their emotional wellbeing. I help people with a wide range of difficulties including: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, sleep issues, relationship difficulties, phobias, personality disorders, PTSD, trauma and perinatal issues including birth trauma. I also work with many other issues, for example, I can help people work with issues around performance, motivation and self-confidence that might be stopping them from achieving their full potential.
If you are not sure whether or not I could help you, please give me a call and we could discuss this further
What would happen when we meet
When I first meet with someone we complete an assessment to help us try to understand what might be happening. Because everyone is different I don't offer a fixed number of sessions but instead we would agree the length of therapy together following the assessment. If funding is limited we could think about this together and adapt the therapy around this. Each session lasts 50 minutes
It's really important that you choose a therapist who you feel you can trust and connect with so I offer free, brief telephone consultations to help you think through whether or not I am the right person for you at this time.
I am currently offering appointment Monday to Thursday until 2:30pm.
I am registered with The BPS (British Psychological Society), HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), and I am an accredited member of EMDR UK and Ireland.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Experience
I have over 15 years experience working in NHS mental health services in Surrey and Sussex. I work with people of all ages and with a broad range of issues. My experience is reflected in my NHS career where I have held senior posts in two mental health trusts, including psychology lead, within several services. I now work exclusively in private practice.
I began working in the NHS in 2000 and completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004. As well as offering CBT and EMDR I also have completed additional training in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Schema therapy and also in working with eating disorders, sleep issues, treatments for personality disorders, complex trauma and dissociation.
Professional Qualifications & Memberships
• Chartered Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist,
• Associate Fellow British Psychological Society, Member Division of Clinical Psychology
• Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Healthcare Professions Council
• EMDR Practitioner registered with EMDR UK
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
I charge £115 per 50 minute session if you are self-funding. Due to my contractual agreements, fees may be slightly different if you are funded through an insurance company or employee assistance program.
Please note that if you do not attend a session, or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be liable for the full session fee.
I currently have some spaces available. I aim to reply to emails or telephone messages with two working days.