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About me

I am a clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience providing psychological therapy to those living with emotional distress. I work alongside both adults and young people either individually, as a couple or with the whole family. I provide a space for people to explore and develop an understanding of problems and we work together towards positive change.

As a clinical psychologist I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and family therapy. I am therefore able to offer you a tailored therapeutic approach which we decide will be the most appropriate for you or your family. I offer both short-term work, developing different ways of coping with problems and long term therapy in order to help develop a deeper understanding of problems and make fundamental changes.

I can offer work with adults with a variety of emotional difficulties including anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks, phobias or generalised anxiety disorder; with depression, seasonal affective disorder or post-natal depression; as well as low self esteem; eating disorders; or those who have expereinced abuse. I work with couples who have relationship difficulties, for example if you are seperating or divorcing, or those who wish to create a stronger relationship.

As a child psychologist I can also offer support to children and young people for example if they are self-harming or are being bullied at school. I also work with families, who may be struggling with challenging behaviours such as tantrums and frequent arguments, providing parenting advice and support. I also offer support to new mothers who may be feeling overwhelmed.

If you are thinking about starting therapy for yourself or your family but are unsure where to start please get in touch and we can decide what might be the most appropriate step forward for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - Royal Holloway University of London - 2009-2012
  • MSc in Psychological Research Methods - Birkbeck College, University of London - 2007-2008
  • BSc in Psychology and Philosophy - University of Leeds - 2002-2005

I regularly attend relevant training including recent workshops on attachment and child Protection.

Experience Post Qualification

2016-Present Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist -Newham CAMHS
As a senior member of the team I provide psychological therapy to young people and families experiencing severe and complex difficulties. I provide assessments and interventions to young people with autistic spectrum disorders. I manage pathways within the service and provide supervision to staff.


2013-2016 Clinical Psychologist - CFCS Grays
I provided therapy to children, young people and families experiencing mental health difficulties.

2014-2015 Clinical Psychologist- Greenwich CAMHS
I worked in a Looked After Children's service, providing therapeutic support to young people in care and their carers. I also provided consultation and training to professionals such as social workers and staff in children's homes.

2013: Clinical Psychologist - Luton CAMHS
I provided short term support to young people who had suicidal thoughts and were self-harming.

2012-2013: Clinical Psychologist - Barking and Dagenham Learning Disability Service
I provided therapy to adults with learning disability. I provided training to professionals on managing challenging behaviour and conducted learning disability assessments.

2012-2013: Clinical Psychologist - Community Mental Health Team, South Essex
I provided CBT to adults with emotional and mental health difficulties.

Whilst completing the training in clinical psychology I completed placements providing CBT to adults with emotional difficulties and learning disabilities and completed several placements working with children and families.

Prior to the doctorate course I also worked with adults with emotional and mental health difficulties, as a nursing assistant in a forensic mental health setting and as a graduate mental health worker, providing individual face to face support.

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

As a child psychologist I can offer support to children, young people and their families. Including:

Postnatal Depression
Challenging Behaviour
Fussy Eating
Tantrums
Sleep Problems
Separation Anxiety
Self Harm

As well as offering individual therapy to adolescents for a range of emotional difficulties.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Session fees will depend on the type of therapy offered and the length of therapy.


I offer a free telephone consultation where we can discuss what difficulties you are facing and your thoughts about therapy. We can use this time to decide if I am able to offer support, if so, we will arrange an initial assessment.

Typical session rate is £100-120.

Discounted rates are available depending on level of need.

Availability

Availability on Thursday, weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Further information

If you are thinking of starting your journey into therapy but are unsure where to start, please get in touch and we can discuss your thoughts or feelings about starting therapy. This will allow us to decide whether my approach might best suit your needs and if we decide to proceed, we will then arrange an initial assessment.

Following the assessment we will decide on a therapeutic approach and timeline for therapy. Fees will be discussed following this.

Waiting List
Is your child on the waiting list for support through your local CAMHS but you would like to see someone earlier? Please contact me to discuss possible short-term support.


Assessments
I can arrange cognitive assessments, assessments of autistic spectrum disorder

Epping
Essex
CM16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Dr Louise Shepheard-Walwyn - Clinical Psychologist, HCPC Registered

Dr Louise Shepheard-Walwyn - Clinical Psychologist, HCPC Registered