Dr Miriam Inder - Clinical Psychologist
Covid-19 update: To continue to offer expert psychological therapy my practice has now moved temporarily online (using secure platforms such as Zoom etc).
Perhaps you know exactly what has gone wrong in your life, or maybe it has always felt like something was wrong but you struggle to understand why. There may have been childhood events which are upsetting to think about. Or something happened in adulthood which knocked you off guard. You may be here because you are struggling with an aspect of the parenting journey (about which I have expertise). For example, maybe you found you are unable to get pregnant, are suffering the grief of a miscarriage, had a traumatic birth experience or worry that you are not a good enough parent.
Whatever the cause of your unhappiness you probably want to stop thinking about it so much and begin to feel happier. Perhaps you would like to relax more, do more of the things you love and feel closer to the people you care about. You are not alone. I can help.
About me: My career started by building a solid foundation of clinical skills working in a NHS psychology service, treating adults presenting with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression and OCD. Increasingly I came to understand that such problems were often rooted in experiences such as childhood abuse, grief, loss, or difficult early relationships. This understanding continued in my work specialising in perinatal mental health, (focusing on issues as they present around conception, birth and early parenting). This time of transition is particularly difficult for lots of people, exposing and creating vulnerability. Simultaneously people are often receptive to therapy at this time, which can be transformational for individuals, the couple-relationship and for the parent-infant relationship. This may be holding someone through the grief of a miscarriage or still birth. Perhaps coming to terms with a future which is very different to the one long-imagined. Or helping people make sense of their birth experience which has left them feeling fragmented and disconnected from their baby and partner. Through this work I also notice how commonly people’s experiences of being parented are re-evoked when transitioning to parenthood. (I get passionate about the importance of all these experiences…although I can usually be quietened down with a cup of tea!)
Treatment approaches: I have over 17 years experience delivering evidence based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR therapy (an effective trauma treatment) and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I also have an interest in attachment theory, and find that helping people understand their early relationships is often important.
Alongside being a therapist in Essex, I am also a published author in psychological research and have lectured on perinatal mental health.
Clients who work with me appreciate my ability to put them at ease. I will offer you a safe, comfortable space (or online sessions if this is more convenient). I created the Better Beginnings Psychology Service because I wanted to work with people straight away, when they felt ready to seek support, not after they had spent a year on a waiting list. I promise to be present and available to you in the time we spend together. I may be a psychologist but I am also human and someone who relates to your experience.
There is more information about me, and psychological therapy in general, on my website www.betterbeginnings.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy), University College London (2006)
MSc (Distinction) in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (2001)
BSc Honours (First Class) in Social Psychology, Loughborough University (2000)
Post qualification training
Treating Patients with Complex PTSD. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
EMDR training – Sandi Richman Training
Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills: Stanton Psychological Services
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Stanton Psychological Services
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Skills Group Training
Principles and Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Anna Freud Centre.
International Training School for Infancy and Early Years: Parental Mental Illness. Anna Freud Centre.
Infant Mental Health Online. Warwick University.
The foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. British Psychotherapy Foundation.
Video Interaction Guidance: Introductory Training. Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK.https://www.videointeractionguidance.net/aboutvig
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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
I offer an initial free telephone consultation to help us both decide whether an assessment appointment would be beneficial. Fees are as follows:
Therapy sessions (50 minutes) £120. Fees include reflective time, assessment tools/measures, scoring of questionnaires, copying handouts, writing notes and preparing materials for sessions. Any brief telephone/text/email contact between sessions is not charged.
There are no hidden charges.
I see people who choose to self-fund and am also registered with all major health insurance companies, including Bupa, Axa PPP, WPA, Cigna, Helix and Vitality. (If I am not registered with your health insurer please contact me as this can usually be arranged within a week).
Concessions offered for
Membership & Professional Registration:
I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I practice under the HCPC’s code of conduct and the BPS code of conduct and ethics.