Dr Lindsay Walker, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
As a Clinical Psychologist I am passionate about working with people to address their emotional and mental health difficulties and to achieve their treatment goals. I have a particular interest in working with addictions, trauma, and anxiety disorders and as such these are my main areas of expertise.
In addition to working privately, I also worked in an NHS Addictions Service until recently, predominantly with alcohol and illicit drugs, and as a result much of my work was with people with complex mental health needs who have experienced single or multiple traumas, abuse, domestic violence, grief, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders, self-harm, depression or personality disorder in addition to misusing substances as a way to cope with their difficulties.
I am also available as a clinical supervisor and very much enjoy supervising other professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Clinical Experience
I have been working in the NHS since 2006 and prior to this worked for the NSW Department of Health in Australia for several years. My training and experiences have enabled me to work with individuals across the lifespan presenting with a wide range of difficulties and needs. In particular I have spent time working within various addiction services, forensic services, the child and family courts, individuals in hospital with physical and mental health needs, adolescent mental health services, and with older adults presenting with dementia. These rich experiences have enabled me to grow as a clinician and appreciate a range of human experience whilst utilising people’s own motivation and strengths to achieve change. I work closely with individuals to build a therapeutic relationship to achieve outcomes identified by them.
I draw from evidence based approaches and tailor therapy to the needs of the individual. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in my work.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton
- MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University
- Further Training
- ACT Bootcamp with Dr Joseph Oliver
- Richman EMDR Training, Levels 1, 2, 3,
- Compassion and Wellbeing Conference, Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust,
- Clinical Supervisors’ Workshops 1 & 2, University of Southampton,
- Clinical Supervisors’ Workshop, University of Exeter,
- Trauma Workshop, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre,
- Wellbeing in the Military, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, BPS
- Professional Registration
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Clinical Psychology
- Member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland
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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 accept privately funded clients and am also registered as a provider with many of the major health insurers. Insurance payments do need to be verified with your provider prior to assessment to ensure that treatment is covered and whether there are limits as to the amount of sessions that you are able to claim. I will need a claim code from your insurer prior to booking an assessment appointment. Your insurance policy may also include an annual excess for which you are liable.
Current session fees are £150 for the first 90 minute assessment appointment then £100 per hourly session. If shorter or longer sessions are required then these are charged on a pro rata basis. Fees should be paid before, at, or following a session by bank transfer, cash or cheque.If your fees are being paid by private medical insurance the sessions are normally invoiced directly to the insurance provider.
I also accept clients referred from solicitors or independent agencies following personal injury. In these instances I require a letter from the referring agent stating that they agree to pay for treatment and detailing any conditions around type or length treatment authorised.
There is no extra charge for brief phone calls or emails however if additional consultation by telephone or email is required this may be discussed at the session and may be charged at the normal fee rate on a pro rata basis.