Dr Marguerite Gallagher
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist offering therapy online. It's important that the psychologist you are working with feels like a good fit for you, therefore I offer a free consultation call. After an initial assessment I can offer short and long-term support for people at all stages of life including children, adolescents and adults, couples, parents and families. People describe me as a calm, warm and kind person. Authenticity is also important to me and so the way I am as a person comes across in the way I listen to and support the people I am working with.
I have worked in NHS mental health services for 10 years with people experiencing a range of difficulties including:
- low mood
- anxiety including generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias
- difficulties in the way they relate to others
- low self-esteem
I am no longer based in the UK but continue to support clients from the UK online/by telephone.
What to expect:
During the assessment we will begin to understand the difficulties you are having and what you would like help with. At a pace that's comfortable for you, we will talk about experiences you have had or which reoccur within you or in your relationships, family, social or work life. We will develop a shared understanding of the purpose of therapy for you and the type of support, commonly referred to as the model of therapy, which will help us achieve that purpose. It's OK to not know what exactly you want or need help with, figuring that out is often part of the process. Some hopes people have for therapy include thinking, feeling or relating differently to others or the things they find painful or difficult.
We may talk, where relevant, about factors important to your identity such as culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, ability and class, amongst others. For some people these can play a part in their difficulties or indeed can be sources of strength.
As a clinical psychologist, I can draw on a number of models of therapy depending on what you would like help with. Two approaches which can be helpful are:
CBT can be helpful in understanding difficulties as being maintained by the way we think about things (cognitive) or the things we do (behavioural). When working in this way I will help you to take a step back from the ways you think and act and help you try something different. We may spend time understanding how these patterns of thinking and acting have developed and how they no longer work for you.
MBT (Mentalisation-based treatment)
An MBT approach can be helpful with a range of difficulties, particularly if they are linked to the ways we relate to others. Mentalising is the process of thinking about thinking and feeling. Often when we are experiencing strong feelings such as anger fear or hurt, our ability to mentalise or think reduces so we are more likely to act or say things that we wouldn't at other times. Conversely you may be quite cut-off and not feel things in situations that you or others might expect you to. The way we interpret others actions or intentions can also be impacted. MBT focuses on developing mentalising skills; helping you to step back or pause before believing your first thoughts and acting on them.
I am not someone who believes that all difficulties can be solved through therapy or that therapy or talking is right for everyone. Therapy has no magic wand, however, it does help many people. Through creating a space and a relationship with me in which you feel comfortable enough, I aim to help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and how you relate to others and the world. From there, you may come to see the parts or yourself, your life or your experience you can work towards accepting or living with as well as the possibilities for change.
Training, qualifications & experience
Canterbury Christ Church University
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
University College London
Post-graduate certificate in Low-intensity cognitive-behavioural interventions
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London
Master of Science, Clinical Forensic Psychology
University College Dublin
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Difficulties related to parenting