Dr Palvinder Rao

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Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Practitioner and DBT Therapist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Leeds LS28 & LS8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, my name is Pav and I am a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and DBT therapist with over 20 years of experience within the voluntary, NHS and independent sector. I currently work part-time in the NHS alongside my private practice in Leeds which I have ran for over 10 years now.

I have extensive experience of assessing and providing psychological interventions for a range of problems including; depression, anxiety disorders (such as obsessive compulsive disorder, phobia, panic, health anxiety, social anxiety and generalised anxiety), low self-esteem, trauma (including childhood/developmental trauma, racial trauma, childbirth, relational trauma and narcissistic abuse), PTSD, complex PTSD, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders, physical illnesses (including long covid and CFS/M.E. and fibromyalgia), autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, personality difficulties, adjustment disorders and bipolar

I always aim to understand people and their challenges and difficulties within the context of their unique lived experiences, culture, race, beliefs and values. As such, working collaboratively and flexibly is  important to me so that I can ensure I provide meaningful, helpful and effective interventions that will alleviate stress and distress and enable recovery, healing and growth.

I draw on a range of psychological models and evidence based psychological therapies. These include; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Whilst I tend to integrate these approaches to meet people’s therapeutic needs and goals, I fundamentally believe that the therapeutic relationship is really at the heart of enabling change and progress. With the right help and support, we can all tap into our inner wisdom, strengths and resources which can help us live ours lives to the fullest. 

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 advanced training in the treatment of trauma including Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR), Ego State Therapy and body therapies.

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

Registered / Accredited

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Areas of counselling I deal with


£110.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health

Additional information

  • Prior to our initial appointment you will be offered a free 15-20 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.
  • 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.

When I work

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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.

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Dr Palvinder Rao
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