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About me

You shouldn’t have to struggle alone with grief and trauma resulting from infertility, pregnancy loss, a difficult birth, or depression and anxiety in early parenting months. You may be feeling distressed, lost and overwhelmed by how your parenting journey turned out. I am a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the perinatal period. I work with people who are hoping to be parents, preparing to be parents or are parents already. Providing therapy to help you process your experiences and move forward again.

About me: My career started by building a solid foundation of clinical skills working in an NHS psychology service, treating adults presenting with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. I then helped to establish a team of specialists in perinatal mental health within the NHS, focusing on issues as they present around conception, birth and early parenting. This time of transition is particularly difficult for lots of people. I realised the power of therapy to transform parents emotional well-being when it was delivered at the moment of greatest need. I started Better Beginnings after experiencing challenges in my own parenthood journey. I became passionate about using my expertise as a psychologist to help people feel safe, supported and understood, and be able to shape their journey ahead.

Treatment approaches: Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 17 years ago I have done further training in CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy and am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.

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).

If you are struggling with difficulties in your journey to early parenthood please contact me to schedule a call. You can find out more about me at BetterBeginnings.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

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

EMDR training

Treating Patients with Complex PTSD

EMDR in the Perinatal Period

Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Principles and Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy.

International Training School for Infancy and Early Years: Parental Mental Illness.

Infant Mental Health Online.

The foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

EMDR UK

EMDR Association UK

EMDR UK

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

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Fees

£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

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.  I also accept some health insurance. Please let me know if this applies to you.

Availability

Monday 9am-5pm

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 9am-5pm

Thursday 9am-5pm

Friday 9am-5pm

Further information

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. I am also an EMDR Practitioner (Europe Accredited).

Danbury
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Adults
Couples

Social

Dr Miriam Inder - Clinical Psychologist & EMDR therapist

Dr Miriam Inder - Clinical Psychologist & EMDR therapist