Dr Kathryn Gaussen
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.
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.
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 will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes (unless online which can be shorter if preferred as 90 minutes staring at a screen is a long time!). 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 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).
Training, qualifications & 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.
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
CBT for 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
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
We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, so our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute face to face therapy assessment it is £140. Individual sessions are typically £100 and are 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment. Online fees are £100 per hour.
Some of our therapist 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. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (020 7112 8834) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.
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.