Dr Louise Richards
Welcome to my page!
I am currently offering appointments online via Zoom or Skype due to the Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions in place . Usually I offer appointments at clinics in Stirling (15 minutes/ 13 miles from Falkirk) as well as online appointments. I work with a team of experienced Clinical Psychologists in these locations and we also cover Perth - you can find out more about my colleagues and about me here: www.psychologicaltherapyscotland.co.uk
Problems I can help with:
- Anxiety, Stress, Health Anxiety, Worry
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Bereavement
- Agoraphobia and other phobias
- Eating Disorders
- Poor Body Image
- Weight Management
- Personality Disorders and difficulties with overwhelming emotions
- Anger, Guilt and Shame
- Difficulties associated with chronic illness and pain
- Difficulties adjusting to life changes
Types of Therapy I Provide:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Informed Treatment (DBT) (individual format)
- Integrative Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing)
I am trained to work with a wide variety of difficulties across the age range but in the last twelve years have specialised in helping adults in NHS teams who help people with complex difficulties and another specialist team with helps people with eating and weight difficulties. I have over fourteen years of experience in delivering psychological assessment and therapy within the NHS in Scotland and privately.
As a Clinical Psychologist I have training and experience in working with more complex problems where someone may have been suffering with difficulties for a long time or with multiple problems at once in addition to more mild to moderate issues. I tailor my treatment to each specific individual to get the best outcome.
How to make an appointment
You can phone or email me to make an appointment. I offer a free brief initial telephone consultation which helps us decide how I might be able to help. Appointments thereafter are either in person of via Zoom or Skype - whichever you prefer. You can book an appointment by phone or email. Please visit my website for more information www.psychologicaltherapyscotland.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked for over 14 years in the NHS and privately delivering psychological assessment and therapy in adult teams, child and adolescent mental health, primary care, secondary care, specialist teams such as plastic surgery and burns, alcohol related brain damage and eating disorders before more recently moving to work in private practice full time (in March 2019) having working part-time in private practice since 2014.
I am also an experienced supervisor of other psychologists, CBT therapists and other delivering psychologically informed treatment within the NHS. I have experience of delivering supervision training within the NHS. I myself receive supervision for all my clinical work as per the standards of my registering bodies.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Glasgow (3 year clinical training)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc Honours, 1st Class) in Psychology, University of Stirling
- Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (BSc), University of Edinburgh
These are the qualifications I require to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, however I also have numerous additional qualifications in particular therapies, difficulties and approaches such as DBT, CFT, ACT, EMDR etc.
I am a fully qualified HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist.The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) is the governing body which all Clinical Psychologists in the UK must register with in order to practice. I am also a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society which means that she meets the society 'gold standard' of psychological knowledge and expertise and adheres to high levels of ethical practice and shows a commitment to continuing professional development. I am also an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Scotland in which I am actively involved.
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
I believe my fees reflect my experience and the level of training required to become a registered Clinical Psychologist, you can find out more about Clinical Psychology and the differences between Clinical Psychologists and other practitioners on my website.
- Initial Telephone Consultation - free
- Email Support - free
- Session prices in person or online one to one £110
Health Insurance Providers
I am registered with a wide range of health insurance providers. If you wish to attend sessions through an insurance provider, please contact me to discuss this.
Appointments available during the day, evenings and weekends by arrangement.