Dr Rebecca Donaldson
* Please note that due to personal circumstances, unfortunately I am unable to take on new referrals at the present time.
Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 13 years post-Chartership experience of working with children, teenagers, and adults in the NHS and private sectors.
My areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, self-esteem and the psychological impacts of physical health conditions including chronic pain and cancer for both children and adults.
For professionals working in Health, Education and other sectors, I also offer psychological consultation, supervision and training.
I also collaborate with the charity 'York Against Cancer' to offer a psychological service to adolescents experiencing a family member going through cancer diagnosis/ treatment. This service is accessed via the family member's Clinical Nurse Specialist or Medical Consultant within the York Cancer Centre, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
What to expect
I strongly believe in working collaboratively with individuals and families, creating a safe space to help people voice their concerns, work towards a shared understanding of their difficulties and move with hope and purpose towards their goals for mental and emotional wellbeing, using well-established, evidence-based psychological approaches to assessment and therapy.
I am trained and experienced in using a range of psychological therapies including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including Acceptance & Commitment therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Systemic Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Child-centred play therapy approaches
- Mindfulness-based therapy approaches
I have a great deal of experience of creatively adapting CBT-based therapies to make them relevant, accessible and engaging for children and young people.
I would be very happy to discuss my approach to psychological therapy with you in more detail to help you decide on the best help for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist(CPsychol) with British Psychological Society, awarded 2006
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). University of Leeds, awarded 2006
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health (PGCert). University of Huddersfield, awarded 2002
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class). University of Exeter, awarded 2000
I am regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society. These both require that I maintain the highest standards of professional skills and behaviour, engage in ongoing professional training/ development and use regular clinical supervision.
I hold Enhanced status with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), as required for my work with children.
2019 Trauma, Attachment and Compassion. 11th Annual Conference of UK Psychological Trauma Society, 2 day conference and specialist workshops, York.
2019 Flexible Exposure – using psychological flexibility to vitalise Exposure Therapy - Webinar with Dr Eric Morris, Contextual Consulting.
2018 Supercharging your CBT Practice: Integrating the best of DBT, ACT and CFT for maximum effect. 2 day workshop with Dr Fiona Kennedy, EYAS, London
2018 General Data Protection Regulations training. 1/2 day training, Yorkshire Psychology Practice, Leeds
2017 'Death and Dying'. 1 day workshop: Yorkshire Post-qualification Training (PQT) Group (DClinPsy). St Leonard's Hospice, York
2016 Advanced skills in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). 4 day workshop plus clinical applications: Dr Mary Welford. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
2015 Advanced Practitioner training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 2 day conference and advanced workshops with Dr Russ Harris, Contextual Consulting, London
2015 Introductory Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training. 2 day workshop with Martin Groom, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Publications and Conference Presentations (nee Hames)
Donaldson R.J. (2015) Parents…. enjoying life? Contact magazine article, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
Donaldson R.J. (2014) Conference Presentation: Clinical Psychology in Paediatric Rheumatology. British Society for Paediatric Rheumatology Annual Conference, Leeds, UK
Youngson, S, Hames R & Holley. T (2009) Chapter 3: ‘If they don’t know themselves, they can’t help you find yourself, can they really?’ Service User Perspectives on Personal Development of Clinical Psychologists. In Hughes, J. & Youngson, S.C. (2009) Personal Development and Clinical Psychology. BPS: Blackwell, London
Hames, R.J. (2007) Conference presentation: Qualitative findings on Parent’s involvement in treatment decision-making for their child’s end-stage renal failure. European Working Group on Psychosocial Aspects of Children with Chronic Renal Failure (EWOPA), Lille, France
Price J.R., Mayou R.A., Bass, C.M., Hames, R.J., Sprigings D. And Birkhead J.S. (2005) Developing a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic: Qualitative studies of patients’ needs and experiences. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 59 (4) 237-246
Lucock M. P., Olive R.E., Sinha A., Horner, C.Q. and Hames, R. (2004) Graduate Primary Care Mental Health Workers providing safe and effective work: What is realistic? Primary Care Mental Health 2 37-46
Hames R.J. (2002) Conference Presentation: Qualitative findings on the development of a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic. British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR), Brighton, UK
Burgoyne, C. B. & Hames, R. (2002) Views of marriage and divorce: An in-depth study of young adults from intact and divorced families. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 37 1 75-100
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic health problems
- Chronic Pain
- Palliative care
- Complex decision-making
For those seeking assessment and therapeutic services independently, my fees are £90 per 60 minute appointment.
Should you have private medical insurance, perhaps via a work-based scheme, please ask as I am registered and certified with a variety of health and other insurers. I have some scope to offer concessions to those on low incomes and students.
Please contact me to discuss fee scales for child cognitive assessments and professional psychological supervision/ training.
Tuesday - Friday. Evenings and Saturdays by arrangement
I understand that finding the right help for distressing problems can sometimes be difficult. I seek to offer a friendly, confidential and professional Clinical Psychology service to those wanting help for their own, or their family member’s psychological distress, in whatever form that distress may take.
I would be happy to discuss my approach to psychological assessment and therapy in more detail with you over the phone, to help you to make a decision about whether it is the right help for you.