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Dr Palvinder Rao, Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and DBT Therapist

Leeds LS28 & LS8
07960 445275 07960 445275 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience within the voluntary, NHS and independent sector. I have ran my own private practice for the past 8 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), 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 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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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

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


  • 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.

West Yorkshire


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


Mondays and Wednesdays all day

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Dr Palvinder Rao, Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and DBT Therapist

Dr Palvinder Rao, Clinical Psychologist, EMDR and DBT Therapist