Dr Pamela McSherry DClinPsych, MSc, BSc

Dr Pamela McSherry DClinPsych, MSc, BSc

Centre For Counselling
67-69 Widmore Road
Bromley
BR1 3AA

Longcroft House
2-8 Victoria Avenue
London
EC2M 4NS

01420 540220

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Centre For Counselling
67-69 Widmore Road
Bromley
BR1 3AA

Longcroft House
2-8 Victoria Avenue
London
EC2M 4NS

01420 540220

About me

Welcome!

I understand that looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email (therapy@avenuetherapies.com) or phone (01420540220).

About me

The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic ‘models’. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.

People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.

I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction.

I am also part of Avenue Therapies, a community practice of highly experienced and qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. We offer clinics over a variety of locations. For more details please visit http://www.avenuetherapies.com/contact. Many of the team have attended advanced level training and have particular specialisms so, although I may not be an expert in the area you would like support with, it is likely someone within our team is. We offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Systemic approaches. Was also have Occupational Therapy services and close links to local Psychiatric colleagues. All of the team at Avenue Therapies work in accordance with the guidance set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

My Experience

I have worked in the NHS since 2011 supporting individuals and their families to manage a range of mental and physical health problems.  I have supported people experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression and interpersonal difficulties to reduce psychological distress and develop ways of coping with everyday life.  I currently work in a South East London NHS trust providing support to adults experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties.

My Values

I value the life experience people bring to therapy and work collaboratively with them to enhance their sense of well being and increase their understanding of how their lives may have shaped them. I offer a safe and trusting therapeutic space in which to explore the strengths and difficulties within a person’s life and help them develop the knowledge and skills to better manage any areas they struggle with.

The Models I Work With

I adopt an integrative approach to therapy, drawing on various models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and systemic approaches depending on individual need. What to expect from your therapy sessions

I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.

The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.

After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.

How is a Clinical Psychologist different?

Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton, 2016
MSc in Applied Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, 2009
BSc Psychology (1st class honours) 2007

Supervisors Training, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2017
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Up to Speed, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, 2016

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Fees

If you are looking to engage in therapy and would like to discuss further what you are looking for, please get in contact either by email (therapy@avenuetherapies.com) or phone (01420540220) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies. You can also view further information at www.avenuetherapies.com.

Further information

As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.

We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).

Maps & Directions

Bromley, BR1 3AA
London, EC2M 4NS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Daytime, evenings and weekends

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples
Families