Dr Liz Millward, BSc (hons), PGDip, DClinpsych, HCPC
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 (email@example.com) or phone (01420540220).
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 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 by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
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. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.
I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction.
I am also part of Avenue Therapies, a community practice of highly experienced and qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. We offer clinics over a variety of locations. For more details please visit http://www.avenuetherapies.com/contact. Many of the team have attended advanced level training and have particular specialisms so, although I may not be an expert in the area you would like support with, it is likely someone within our team is. We offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Systemic approaches. Was also have Occupational Therapy services and close links to local Psychiatric colleagues. All of the team at Avenue Therapies work in accordance with the guidance set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
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.
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.
The Models I Work With
I predominantly use an integrative and formulation led approach. This means that I develop a psychological understanding of a person’s difficulties with them, and then use this understanding to inform therapy. This ensures that every intervention is person centred and tailored to need. My training as a psychologist included equal training in Cognitive Behavioural therapies (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness), Systemic therapies, and psychodynamic therapies.
I also use manualised approaches using CBT, Mindfulness and ACT when a less intense intervention is needed, often over a shorter number of sessions.
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.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (01420540220) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
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).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible appointments. I am based near to Liverpool Street Station in London.
Types of client