Dr Kerry Ashton-Shaw BSC. (hons), MSc., D.Clin.Psych., AFBPsS HCPC Registered
3a Bridgewater Street Liverpool
Dr Kerry Ashton-Shaw BSc. (hons)., M.Sc., D.Clin.Psych., C.Psychol., AFBPsS
Chartered Clinical Psychologist | Director Ashton Shaw Specialist Psychology Services
I work with adults, children, adolescents and their families helping people overcome a wide range of difficulties.
Typical areas of work include: depression & low mood, anxiety (OCD, health, phobias, social), low self-esteem, PTSD & trauma, stress, parenting support, unusual experiences (hearing and seeing things that other people can't), deliberate self-harm, overwhelming emotions (for example anger related difficulties), chronic pain, relational difficulties, hoarding, and behavioural problems.
I also have a special interest in adoption and fostering support and Developmental Trauma.
I work with a range of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit each individual client and situation.
In my previous NHS posts, I have supported the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programmes at Liverpool, Lancaster & Manchester Universities. Offering trainee clinical psychologists placements and lecturing as part of the child and adolescent academic programmes.
Last year I appeared as the on-screen expert on C4s Britain's Biggest Hoarders. Which was a wonderful experience and hopefully gave a wider audience a better understanding of this complex problem. You can read my blog about it on the British Psychology Society website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Background & Experience
In my previous NHS role, I was the Principal Clinical Psychologist for a Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I have a BSc. (hons) in Psychology and in Business Administration & Marketing; an MSc. in Health Psychology; and a Clinical Psychology Doctorate from the University of Liverpool.
I am accredited with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and a Chartered member of The British Psychological Society (BPS). I am an Associate Fellow of the BPS, member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and member of the BPS Division of Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section. I am also a full member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK (ACP-UK) and The Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (ACPiPP).
I have worked as a psychologist in the NHS since 2006 and then in private practice since 2015. I specialise in working with adults, children, adolescents and families and have a special interest in Developmental Trauma. In my NHS roles I have supervised and trained other clinicians from a wide range of backgrounds, held responsibilities in clinical leadership and service planning. Since transitioning to private practice I have appeared on C4, published blog articles with the BPS, and am constantly striving to keep my knowledge and skills up to date through training, supervision & research.
I have worked in many clinical settings including High Secure Psychiatric Hospitals, Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Learning Disability Medium Secure Unit, and residential support.
Therapy Models we can work with
I am trained in several evidence-based therapeutic models and tend to use an integrated approach tailored to fit each client and situation. I focus on developing a good relationship with my clients to enable them to engage with the model that best fits them.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, problem-focused form of behavioural treatment. Through CBT, people learn that their perceptions directly influence the way they respond to specific situations in their behaviours and actions. During CBT, clients learn how to challenge and question the rationality of specific thoughts to directly influence their emotions and behaviour. Clients are also encouraged to test out new beliefs through changing their behaviours through planned experiments. In this way, CBT targets specific unhelpful thoughts and beliefs and has a ‘here and now’ focus on the relevant set of client symptoms e.g. Panic Disorder. The Principles of CBT can be tailored to each client’s needs and situation.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a structured set of sessions focused on our relationships with other people and the self. It involves working with the therapist to look at what has hindered changes in the past, in order to understand better how to move forward in the present. Questions like “Why do I always end up feeling like this?” and “Why do I keep ending up here?” become more answerable. CAT is distinctive in that the client and therapist together come up with a personalised diagram of the specific relationship patterns that are causing difficulties for that person. This allows them to begin to identify what is unfolding in relationships with other people and themselves, and gives the opportunity to discuss and try out different alternatives. CAT work is active and shared. The therapist can document the process, through a letter directly to the client, at two points in therapy. The first summarises the joint understanding of patterns causing difficulties (and how they developed), and the second reflects on and records the achievements and conclusions of therapy. These, and other documents used, become tools for use within, outside and beyond the duration of therapy. In this way, clients gain skills to help them manage their lives more successfully and to continue using them after therapy ends. It focuses on global and fundamental change in how we interact in our world. The Principles of CAT can be tailored to each client’s needs and situation.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a ‘third generation’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness has advanced traditional CBT techniques beyond simply addressing a set of ‘symptoms’. ACT looks at what makes up our internal world and how we can interact with it. ACT addresses our processes of thinking; how we internally process our stream of thoughts. It focuses on how we can rest ourselves in the present moment, rather than being focused on past memories or consumed by worry or anticipation of the future. ACT also looks for what we truly value in life and how we might move towards the version of ourselves that is grounded in what is personally meaningful for us and gives us purpose. The Principles of ACT can be tailored to each client’s needs and situation.
I also use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), elements of Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT), elements of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and elements of The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).
Lots of letters I know! - I can provide written information and discuss these options in detail with you when we meet.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in working adoption, fostering and looked after young people and developmental trauma. This could involve working with a young person or the systems around them. I use many approaches to support this work depending on the circumstances.
Working with Developmental Trauma I usually employ, but not exclusively, elements of Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, PACE, Attachment Theory, Trauma Focused-CBT.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
I charge £100 per hour flat rate for my time. This is the rate for the preparation of reports and any travel required. For clinical work (i.e. therapy sessions) this rate includes all out of session work to prepare for appointments, preparation of short letters, preparing individual risk management plans, answering emails and liaising with other professions via telephone and email.
For neuropsychology work my rate is £125 per hour.
Payment can be made in advance or at session by BACS, cash, cheque or card.
I am also a registered provider with a number of health insurance companies, which may cover all or part of the cost of treatment directly. I am happy to register with companies with which I am not already to enable you to use private medical insurance to cover the cost of therapy.
What is A Clinical Psychologist?
'Clinical Psychologist' is a protected title reserved for those who have undergone a specific doctoral level of training.
Clinical Psychologists have had to prove their clinical skills with clients and also their knowledge through examinations in:
- at least three talking therapies
- child and adolescent mental health
- adult mental health
- older adult mental health
- the range of psychiatric disorders
- the full range of complexity from mild to in-patient care
- different ways of reducing distress and improving well-being
(individuals, families, groups etc.)
A Chartered Clinical Psychologist has completed British Psychology Society-recognised education and training of at least six years' duration and has demonstrated knowledge, skills and autonomous practice to professional doctorate standard.
Whilst Clinical Psychologists will specialise after training, they have an extensive foundation to draw upon. This is helpful as people rarely fit neatly into one box or need exactly the same approach. Instead a 'formulation' is used which is unique to that person and forms a completely bespoke way of helping.
What Happens in Therapy Sessions?
Therapy sessions can be one-to-one or with family members or partners, you can decide. Your privacy is a priority, including correspondence and meeting location. I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which ensures information is protected under the Data Protection Act, and I am compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines. Child and adult confidentiality are respected in the same manner.
There are three circumstances which can override confidentiality. These are immediate risk-to-self, immediate risk-to-others, and criminal activity / if mandated by a court. These limits to confidentiality are held by all professionals in the field and, in these circumstances, information may have to be shared with a third party to ensure safety and extra support for those affected.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My usual clinic days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.00-16.30 and Friday 10.00-12.30. I do offer some evening and weekend clinics for an additional fee.
Types of client