Dr Palvinder Rao, Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and DBT Therapist

Dr Palvinder Rao, Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and DBT Therapist

About me

I am a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years of experience within the voluntary, NHS and independent sector. I have ran my own private practice for the past 6 years.

I have extensive experience of assessing and providing psychological interventions for a range of problems including; depression, anxiety disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic, generalised anxiety), low self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, self-harm, eating disorders, physical illnesses, autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, personality difficulties and bipolar.

I am able to draw on a range of evidence based psychological therapies including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I believe that my clients are the experts of their lives and experiences and therefore I work collaboratively and flexibly, integrating these approaches to meet peoples needs and goals.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is really at the heart of enabling change and progress. My clients tell me that they feel validated, understood and respected as I am warm, compassionate and sensitive to their needs and beliefs.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with children, families, adults and older adults across a range of services including; Primary Care, Secondary Care, Eating Disorders Services, Acute Inpatients, Learning Disabilities, Dementia Services and Community/Rehabilitation settings.

I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc), a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care (PGCert) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). I have gained further training and qualifications in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR).

I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and I am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Areas of counselling I deal with


        • Prior to our initial appointment you will be offered a free 15-30 minute telephone consultation to briefly discuss your problems, how I work and how psychological therapy may or may not help you. If we are both happy with this, we can then arrange our first session.
        • If you are self-funded, my fees are £95 for up to 60 minute consultation and individual therapy sessions. My fees for couples and family work are £120 for 60 minute sessions.
        • I can provide letters, psychological reports and recommended treatment plans as well as any liaison required as part of your care. This may require an additional fee which I will discuss with you during our sessions.
        • I am registered with several healthcare insurance companies including; AVIVA, Vitality Health, AXA PPP Healthcare and Cigna.

        Further information

        I offer clinical supervision to qualified mental health professionals, Counsellors and Psychologists. Please contact me for more information.

        To note: I have a safe, relaxed and comfortable clinic space available in LS28 and LS8. They are easily accessible to those who live in Bradford and Leeds, with free parking on both sites.

        Maps & Directions

        Leeds, LS28

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair user access: No


        Mondays and Wednesdays all day

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme