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Dr Olivia Thrift, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, PsychD, CPsychol

Godalming GU7 & Guildford GU1
01483 363058 01483 363058 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working in Godalming and available online via Skype. I work as a member of the team at The Psychology Company (www.thepsychologycompany.co.uk) with a network of Psychologists and therapy rooms in Godalming, Petersfield, Haywards Heath, Southampton and Southsea. We all also provide therapy over the telephone or on Skype, if appropriate.

The therapeutic approaches we specialise in include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour informed Therapy (DBT). These approaches help with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, fluctuating moods, trauma-based difficulties, personality disorders and problematic ways of managing emotions, such as binge eating, drinking and self-harm. We work with clients aged 17 and over.

I have worked with people in a variety of different settings and with a spectrum of psychological difficulties – from the most severe and complex to people seeking to understand themselves better. I spent a combined ten years as a senior psychologist in the NHS, prison service and private secure hospital, working with people with a range of presenting difficulties from diverse backgrounds. I currently work for The Psychology Company (www.thepsychologycompany.co.uk) on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (during working hours) and the NHS the remaining two days of the week.

I, and the rest of the Psychologists at The Psychology Company, have chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS), are accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulatory body for psychologists in the UK and with leading private health-insurance companies, including BUPA.

In addition, I have completed the most advanced level training in Schema Therapy with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST) and am an ISST authorised Advanced Schema Therapist and Supervisor.

For more details on my experience and training, please visit: http://www.thepsychologycompany.co.uk/dr-olivia-thrift/.

Training, qualifications & experience

Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Psych.D); University of Surrey

B.Sc (Hons.) Psychology; University of Wales, Cardiff

Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy; International Society for Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy Trainer-Supervisor; Dr Joan Farrell and Dr Ida Shaw; International Society for Schema Therapy

Group Schema Therapy (Dr Joan Farrell and Dr Ida Shaw); International Society for Schema Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Treating PTSD during Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with High-Risk Clients; British Isles DBT Team

Advanced Skills Workshop in Compassion-Focused Therapy; Prof Paul Gilbert; University of Derby

Using Compassion Focused Therapy To Overcome The Legacy Of Childhood Trauma; Dr Deborah Lee; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Compassion Focused Therapy for Anger: The True Strength Program; Prof Russell Kolts; University of Derby

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training; Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer; University of Derby

Compassionate Mind in Shame and Self-Attack; Dr Deborah Lee; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Using Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD; Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

CBT for Eating Disorders; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Recent Advances in OCD Treatment; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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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



I offer supervision to psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists and my areas of specialism are CBT, Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Olivia Thrift, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, PsychD, CPsychol

Dr Olivia Thrift, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, PsychD, CPsychol