Dr Michaela Dunbar, Clinical Psychologist, HCPC
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and DBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. They do not always offer skills to help you make changes. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Why do people choose to have therapy?
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.
It’s important for people to have a good experience of therapy. I understand that whether you are an adult, parent, child or adolescent, coming to therapy is a big and important step, and the idea of talking to a stranger about things that you are struggling with, and you may have never spoken about before, can seem daunting. With that in mind, my first aim is to cultivate a trusting, confidential, and non-judgmental relationship that makes you feel comfortable and safe enough to share your experiences and difficulties with me. From this starting point, my aim is to help you to develop a helpful understanding of your difficulties from which we can work towards implementing change strategies to support you in your journey forward.
Each person I meet with in therapy is a unique individual who is the expert of their experience, so our work together will be collaborative throughout, so that together we can explore what your obstacles are to thriving and meeting your potential.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace, you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (020 7112 8834.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience supporting adults, children and adolescents with a range of issues including OCD, panic attacks/anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-harm, chronic pain, chronic fatigue. I also work with behavioural difficulties in children and young people, including providing parenting support using Webster-Stratton. Prior to this, I worked in mental health research. I offer individual sessions with adults and young people and I also offer family therapy sessions where this would be helpful.
- EMDR – Part 1, 2 & 3 Sandi Richman (2017)
- Trauma Focussed CBT, David Trickey (2017)
- DBT essentials, the Association for Psychological Therapies (2017)
- Basic Life Support, adult & paediatric (2017)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: Dr Christopher Fairburn, (2016)
- Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Dr Tom Lynch, BPS (2016)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Level A: Dr Susan Howard, (2015)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy: Dr Paul Gilbert, BPS (2013)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Surrey 2016
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees range from £120 to £140. Individual sessions are usually 50 minutes and fees range from £100 to £110. Some of our therapist do offer concessions. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible.
I can't always answer straight away but I will endeavour to return your message within 24 hours. I work as part of a practice called Avenue Therapies where you can call to speak to our admin team on (020 7112 8834) or alternatively you can contact me directly on my email: email@example.com. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I look forward to hearing from you. Michaela
My clinic is based in South London, a short walk from Forest Hill or Honor Oak Park stations. I hold my clinics on weekday evenings.
Mon 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Tues 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Thursday 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.
We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).
Maps & Directions
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Mon 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm Tues 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm Thursday 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm Saturday 10am-1pm
Types of client