Dr Michelle Conn BSc (Hons), PsychD, CPsychol
43 Downing Street
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has worked clinically for over ten years in a range of NHS and private settings with individuals, couples and families at various different life stages.
I am experienced in helping people to explore and manage a range of issues including:
- Anxiety & Worry (Including specific anxiety disorders such as phobias, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder)
- Low mood & Depression
- Stress related issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Management of issues in relation to school or work.
- Behavioural difficulties such as managing anger or repeating cycles of unhelpful behaviour (e.g. living life on auto-pilot, or avoiding confronting difficulties that may contribute to feeling "stuck in a rut")
I have a particular interest in working with people for whom there is an interaction between their physical and mental health, and exploring issues such as loss, guilt, changes in role, body image or physical functioning is central to my current role in a NHS general hospital. Helping people to examine where psychological factors such as personality style or stress drive their behaviour can be useful in opening up alternative ways of approaching problems or coping.
I am also passionate about helping groups and organisations think psychologically about complex issues such as emotional resilience in schools or promoting psychological wellbeing in settings such as hospitals or residential homes.
As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to select and utilise a range of assessment tools and integrate information from various sources such as psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, observations and clinical interviews depending on the purpose of the assessment. The assessment may take place over several sessions depending on the degree of complexity. It will focus on understanding your current situation, and explore how and when problems developed.
The formulation is a key part of the psychological process, and involves integrating the assessment information with psychological theory to provide a framework for describing and understanding your situation. This is where we pull together the relevant bits of your life story and past experiences in order to help us make sense of who you are, and what you do, and highlight where changes, if relevant, might be possible. My training and experience allows me to draw from a number of models of therapy including behavioural, cognitive behavioural (CBT), systemic and psychodynamic therapies. I also utilise ideas from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and narrative approaches when useful. My broad and extensive training helps me to tailor specific formulations and treatments plans to you and your personal situation, thus increasing the efficacy of our work.
The intervention, if required, is based on the formulation. For some people having an extended assessment and formulation may be sufficient to help them see the links between factors that cause and maintain their particular difficulties. For others, further sessions, called therapy, may be required to help them to develop alternative ways of coping or responding to their difficulties.
This may involve:
- psycho-education (education to understand the nature of unpleasant physical or emotional symptoms and their link to difficulties such as anxiety or depression)
- using psychological models to facilitate change (e.g. when there are difficulties with motivation)
- skills training (e.g. teaching skills such as mindfulness or techniques to manage worrying or negative thoughts)
- teaching problem solving skills
- exploring personal values and belief structures to unveil meaningful aspects of life and guide value-based action
- conducting behavioural experiments (termed "homework" in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, to test out beliefs or practice techniques taught in sessions)
- looking at ways to improve communication techniques or the quality of relationships.
Type of clients
- Face to face assessment and therapy.
- Short term or long term – time-limited and agreed to facilitate independence.
Please do not hesitate to contact me on either:
- 07472 169785
- As am member of the British Psychological Society, I abide by their Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009). I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. These affiliations mean that I agree to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethical consideration in all aspects of my therapeutic work and decision-making and am regularly monitored to ensure I abide by the professional standards as outlined by the HCPC.
- I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and as such am required by law to acquire, use, keep and store all personal information in accordance to the rules and regulations as outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BPS Accredited Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: PsychD, University of Surrey
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Health Sciences: BSc, First, (Hons), University of Liverpool
Membership of professional bodies
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Psychology (BPS)
- Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology & Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
- Member of the British Pain Society & Special Interest Group in Pain Management
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
£100 per hour, some concessions available for extenuating circumstances.
My fees reflect the fact that I have attained extensive training to doctorate level and I have access to a number of skills and techniques outside the remit of a standard counsellor. As a HCPC registered therapist I hold the protected title of Clinical Psychologist, and am governed by the only legally-recognised body for counselling and psychotherapy. The Chartered status of my membership with the British Psychological Society reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise, and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to reflective practice (learning from each individual client) and professional development.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday Mornings and Evenings, some flexibility at other times if required.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a current supervisor for Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the University of Surrey Doctorate course.