Dr Kathryn Gaussen

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Fordingbridge SP6 & Southampton SO14
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About me

Hello, thanks for visiting my profile, I hope I can help.

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.

My values

I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship in which clients can feel supported to explore their difficulties and to discover new ways to view and manage those difficulties. As everyone is an individual I aim to tailor therapy to meet each client’s needs and to make it feel personal and meaningful to them, whilst also taking into account the research evidence.

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 we will 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 you for as long as it is helpful and to empower you to leave therapy with the skills you 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).

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.

We also have Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Trainee CBT therapists working with us. They are completing training with time at University and time on placement seeing clients with close supervision. Whilst they are in training, their fees are reduced, so do get in touch if this is something you would like to know more about.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Experience
I have worked in the NHS since 2006, working in a variety of settings supporting adults and adolescents with managing mental health problems and helping them to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I have experience of working with a range of presenting problems; such as Complex Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD, also referred to as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder EUPD), Psychosis, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I also have experience of working with couples and in supporting families/carers.

In my current NHS role I work in a community mental health team supporting people with severe and complex mental health problems. My areas of interest include Complex Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder.

I also work alongside practitioners who specialise in working with children and young people.

Further Training

  • Mindfulness, SDS Seminars Ltd – May 2018,
  • DBT Up to speed II , Southern Health NHS, 2018,
  • Working with Dissociation, BABCP – Nov 2018
  • Trauma, PTSD, Dissociation, Greenwood – Sep 2019
  • Clinical Supervisors Training, Southampton University, 2016
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis, Dr Joe Oliver, 2016
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy boot camp advanced workshop, Dr Russ Harris, 2015
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy made Simple, Dr Russ Harris, 2015
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Up to Speed DBT training, Southern Health NHS, 2015
  • Certificate in Psychotraumatology, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2013-2014
  • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sussex Partnership Trust 2013
    Compassion Focused Therapy, Plymouth Community Healthcare 2012
  • Certificate in Family Therapy, Plymouth University 2011-2012 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Charlie Weller Institute 2011
  • Anxiety Traps! CBT Antidotes, Christine Padesky 2010
  • CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies, Christine Padesky 2010


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth 2011-2014
MSc in Mental Health Studies, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry 2008-2010
BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Southampton Solent University 2004-2007

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

We also have therapists who specialise in supporting people to live with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, IBS, chronic pain, cancer, obesity, MS, ME/CFS and others. Do get in touch to know more and see if we can help.


£100.00 - £130.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • WPA

Additional information

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 an hour therapy session our fees are £100 with a psychological therapist (eg CBT, CAT or EMDR therapist) and £130 with a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.  Some of our therapist do offer concessions and we also have Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Trainee CBT therapists working with us. They are completing training with time at University and time on placement seeing clients with close supervision. Whilst they are in training, their fees are reduced, so do get in touch if this is something you would like to know more about. 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.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email:  (therapy@avenuetherapies.com) or phone (020 7112 8834) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.

When I work

I work alongside other therapists, so we can usually offer a time and day to suit you!

Further information

As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.

We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment)  for both children and adults.

Bartons Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6

Andersons Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Dr Kathryn Gaussen
Dr Kathryn Gaussen