Dr Mattie Idema-Sharman (Counsellor and Clinical Psychologist
I have many years experience in assessing cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and behavioural difficulties in a range of client groups, in order to help develop some understanding about problems experienced. I am trained and experienced in assessing Neuropsychological difficulties, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder, in children and adults.
The number of sessions needed will depend on the nature of the assessment, but this will be explained in advance. Part of an assessment is the process of discussing the results and findings with the client, and considering how this may impact on their psychological well being and development.
Counselling and Psychological Therapies
I am trained and experienced in a range of psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural intervention, Psychological Counselling, EMDR and Attachment Focussed Intervention, and I will draw on such different perspectives and approaches, depending on each person's needs.
Supervision of psychologists and other mental health professionals
Having worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary and mental health settings, I have provided clinical supervision to a range of professionals in the psychological therapies sector and mental sector. Regular clinical supervision is an essential component of our continuing professional development, and it needs to be supportive as well as challenging. It helps us to reflect on our practice, and to think about our knowledge and skills and how they could be developed to improve in the work that we do.
How I work
My service will offer initial assessment, to find out more about what the nature of the experienced difficulties or issues are, and what the client would like to achieve by coming for help. If we feel that I may not be the right professional to assist, this will be discussed openly and alternative support may be identified. Although face to face contact is helpful for both the psychologist and the client, telephone consultations are also an option prior to arranging an initial assessment meeting.
Following the assessment process, we will come to an agreement together about what kind of intervention would be helpful and suitable, and how the work and progress will be discussed and reviewed as we go along. It is helpful to have a clear and shared agreement about the frequency, length and duration of meetings, and this is part of the assessment process.
I value respect and collaboration in my work and I see my role as a facilitator of greater understanding, development and application of clients' own resources. We are all different and the work will aim to respect and reflect this diversity. Whilst we all experience problems and difficulties, we also have inner resilience to help us find solutions to our challenges and problems. Often, counselling or therapy is the process to help remind us of this, and to have greater confidence in ourselves to change, learn and move on in a better way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working in the NHS and private sectors. I have worked work children and their families, adolescents and their families, people with learning disabilities as well as adults with psychological difficulties.
Training and Qualifications
I hold a BA(Hons) in Psychology (1983), an MSc. in Clinical and Community Psychology (1990) and a PhD in research psychology. In addition, I have engaged in additional training courses relevant to my clinical work, including EMDR Training (Richman EMDR Training); PGCert – Psychoanalytic approach to working with adolescents, Tavistock and Portman Clinic (Leeds); HCR-20 Risk Assessment (V2& 3); AIM2 training, AIM Project, Stockport; Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (L1), Adoption Plus; ADOS and ADIR (ASD assessment),
Beginning with A, Cambridge; and Introduction to Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis
I am Chartered and a member of the BPS. I am also registered with the HCPC.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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 charge £75 per hour, but this fee is negotiable under special circumstances.
Charges for Psychological Assessment will also be set at £75 per hour, with a clear estimate of costs being provided and agreed prior to commencing the assessment. Once the assessment protocol and estimate is agreed, half the fees are due to be paid prior to commencing the assessment.
My work with you will be fully confidential. But if I am very concerned about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of those around you, I will bring this to your attention and together we will find a way of making sure that everyone is as safe as possible. If that means having to ask for help from other services I will facilitate that.
I will be taking some notes during our sessions. These will be kept in a lockable file and coded so that your personal details are not kept on the notes. If you would find it helpful for me to summarise our work and my reflections, I would be happy to do so in a confidential report/letter addressed to you only. With respect to assessment reports, we will agree who this may need to be shared with, and how we will do this.
My own clinical supervision
I am professionally duty bound to receive supervision and to reflect on my practice. This means talking about how I work with my clients. However, all your personal details are kept confidential during supervision. I also participate in a continuous professional development and regularly update my skills.
I carry full professional insurance and am registered with Data Protection Authorities.