Dr Rachael Phillips
I am an experienced Counselling Psychologist, qualified at Doctorate level, and have been working in the NHS for 6 years supporting individuals from ages 14 to 60 with varying mental health difficulties. I have extensive experience working with those suffering from an eating disorder. My experience transcends to those with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, Purging Disorder. I have worked with clients in various settings including inpatient, day-patient and out-patient.
Alongside this specialism I have worked with adolescents and adults with complex difficulties, these have included:
- Low mood/depression
- Panic attacks and phobias
- Self esteem and assertiveness difficulties
- Stress related concerns
- Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
- Personality disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Addiction and substance misuse
- Trauma both past and present, including abuse
As a part of my Doctoral training I gained the skills to work with various therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches. Continued professional development has broadened my skill set to include compassion-focused therapy, graded exposure training, and acceptance and commitment therapy, which I incorporate into my therapeutic work. My clinical experience has further developed my knowledge and understanding of working with these models, and as such I have chosen an integrative approach. By using an integrative approach, I am able to draw on these various models of therapy to support my psychological understanding of your presenting difficulties.
What is therapy?
I understand that the prospect of seeing a therapist can be a daunting one. As human beings I think that we sometimes neglect how valuable it can be to share our worries and problems with others. For me, I endeavour to break down the stigma that we as a society have created around talking about our feelings and aim to create and maintain a space that feels safe, non-judgmental, empathic and warm, in order for you to feel comfortable enough to share.
For therapy to be successful I recognise the importance of sharing an understanding of your experiences of life, an understanding that is without assumptions or a need to label or categorise. Forming a shared and compassionate understanding of your problems is fundamental in considering ways to address and resolve these difficulties, and if necessary establishing alternative ways to cope. Whilst I consider the process of talking invaluable and recognise the impact this can have on healing, I would also seek to implement behavioural change in an effort to support you in moving forward with your life in a more rewarding and fulfilling way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Registered Bodies
- BSc Sociology (University of Portsmouth)
- Diploma in Psychology (Kingston University of London)
- MSc Psychology (Kingston University of London)
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (University of East London)
- Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- The British Psychological Society (BPS)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss my hourly fee and what you are able to manage.
Weekday evenings and weekend appointments.