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Dr Liz Millward, Clinical Psychologist

Essex RM11 & London E1
020 7112 8834 020 7112 8834 Registered / Accredited
Essex RM11 & London E1

About me

Welcome!

I understand that looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below 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).

About me

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. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.

Why do people choose to have therapy?
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.

My Values
I value open and honest therapeutic relationships. I believe that through good relationships, both in the therapy room and outside of it, we can change and evolve as people. I endeavour to use collaboration and pacing to achieve a safe and comfortable therapeutic space so that my clients can explore their own experiences, and build on their own resilience to overcome their difficulties.

What I Offer

I offer both assessment and ongoing therapy. I offer sessions at the weekend and I am based near to Liverpool Street Station.

Assessment Clinic: I run an assessment clinic once a month for people interested in having a one-off assessment appointment to gain insight into their difficulties, to gain a psychological formulation & understanding around these difficulties and to receive recommendations about what will be the most helpful way forward. For example, I may make recommendations about the type of approaches, therapeutic models and practitioners that may be most helpful to explore for planning your future therapeutic journey.

Therapy: The first step is to complete an assessment appointment followed by weekly therapy sessions as agreed. Please see the next section for further details.

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. 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 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 a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.

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. 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 a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they 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

My Experience
I have experience of working with a range of difficulties, including stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, anxiety and depression, but most of my experience is in severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

I have worked in the NHS since 2011, and during this time have worked to support people in all life stages, from a diverse range of backgrounds. In my NHS work at present, I specialise in supporting people in later life, and neuropsychology (the study of the structure and function of the brain). This work means that I often work with individuals that are experiencing loss and those who are struggling with long-term health conditions. I also support families and couples that are going through stressful life events. I have specific interests in using third-wave therapies, like mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Training and Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology- University of Surrey, 2016
  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- University of Oxford, 2016
  • Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy- Gray Rock, 2011
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practise- Middlesex University, 2013
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Kent 2011

Chartered Psychologist Status with the British Psychological Society
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have experience in supporting people in later life, and neuropsychology (the study of the structure and function of the brain). This work means that I often work with individuals that are experiencing loss and those who are struggling with long term health conditions. I also support families and couples that are going through stressful life events.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

If you are looking to engage in therapy and would like to discuss further what you are looking for, please get in contact either by email or phone (020 7112 8834) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com

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) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).

London
E1

Hornchurch
Essex
RM11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Flexible appointments. I am based near to Liverpool Street Station in London.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Dr Liz Millward, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Liz Millward, Clinical Psychologist