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About me

I am an experienced, approachable Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with adolescents and adults experiencing a range of psychological difficulties and distress. I have worked in NHS mental health services since 2003 and continue to work as a Clinical Psychologist with children, adolescents and families within the NHS part time, alongside my private practice. I have several years of working with adults with mental health difficulties within the NHS as well. For further details about relevant experience and treatments offered, please see my website www.harbourpsychology.co.uk or call 07828 391923.

I usually meet people face to face, but during the current pandemic, I am offering online therapy only. I am experienced in this way of working, so if it is new to you, don't worry, I will support you through the process and it will soon seem easy.

In order to find the right treatment for you, I am able to draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches including CAT, CBT, EMDR, ACT and DBT, alongside mindfulness practices and compassion focused treatments. I am trained to a high level in a range of therapies, and am regularly supervised by another Clinical Psychologist.

If you decide to come for an assessment, we will meet for an initial 60 or 90 minute session during which I will ask you about the specific issues you are seeking help for, as well as relevant background information. I usually ask you to complete some questionnaires as well - these can be helpful in assessing the exact nature of your difficulties, as well as providing a useful way of monitoring your progress. Following this I will make initial treatment recommendations, and you can then decide if you would like to engage in therapy. Therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes long, once a week, although some treatments require longer treatment sessions. We will then regularly review your progress together.

Treatment will always be tailored to you and your specific needs, hopes and goals. Therapy with me will often take a more active, directive approach rather than a non-directive, listening only approach. Depending on the treatment model being used, you may be asked to complete specific tasks or activities between sessions - these will always be at a level suitable to you and targeted to help you achieve your specific goals.

On my website you will find further information about how Clinical Psychologists differ from Counsellors and other therapists. Finding the right help can be very difficult, particularly as there are so many different therapists around, all with variations in training, different titles, and so on. It can be incredibly confusing!

Any information you share with me will always be treated confidentially. I will only share the minimum of information required in supervision. My supervisor also treats all personal information confidentially. I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office for the purposes of handling and managing personal and sensitive information and I adhere to their guidelines at all times. I will not share information with your GP or other agency unless in an emergency, or if you ask me to.

If you are interested in finding out more, we can have a free 15 minute phone call to see if an assessment would be appropriate. I will signpost you to other relevant services if they seem more suitable, and will always tell you about free or low cost options if relevant.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2017-2020 - Practitioner training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) (2 year training)
  • 2019 - Adapting EMDR for children and adolescents (2 days)
  • 2017 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training (2 days)
  • 2016 - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - all three cycles of training completed
  • 2013 - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) full intensive training - British Isles DBT Training
  • 2011 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Surrey (this included in-depth training in CBT, Systemic/Family Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches)
  • 2002 - Experimental Psychology BSc - University of Sussex

I also regularly attend a variety workshops and conferences to keep my knowledge up to date. Please ask for further information if you are interested.

In addition to my formal training, I have worked in the NHS in a wide variety of mental health settings since 2003. My experience includes working with: children, adolescents and their families; people experiencing difficulties often labelled as 'personality disorder' (e.g. unstable sense of self, unstable relationships, extreme difficulties regulating emotions, self-harming and suicidal urges); people who have experienced both single and complex trauma; adults experiencing depression and anxiety disorders, and many more.

My doctoral thesis was an exploration of new fathers coping and help-seeking behaviours; how we adapt to parenthood, and the struggles we face in doing so, remain an interest of mine.

I primarily work with individuals in my practice, and am trained to treat a wide range of emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties. Please contact me for further information.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies

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Fees

Additional information

Please contact me for details about fees. You can find further information about how I work and what to expect on my website www.harbourpsychology.co.uk

I am sometimes able to offer a reduced fee for those that would struggle to attend otherwise, please contact me to discuss further. These spaces are limited and you will need to provide proof of financial hardship.


Availability

I aim to reply to all enquiries within 24 hours during the working week. I can respond more quickly to email enquiries.

Further information

Professional Memberships:

  • Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner via Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)
  • Member of EMDR UK
  • Member of BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and The Faculty for Children, Young People & their Families (CYPF).

348 Poole Road
Branksome
Poole
Dorset
BH12 1AW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
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Dr Megan Kendall, PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Dr Megan Kendall, PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS