Dr Rebecca Knowles Bevis
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience of working therapeutically with people who are experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties. I am based in Oxfordshire, and work in both private practice and the NHS. I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist.
How I work and what to expect
My approach to therapy is client-centred, compassionate, honest and collaborative, and I place great importance on the development of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship which I believe to be the key to successful therapy. In the first few sessions, we work together to identify your goals for treatment and the most helpful and appropriate way to achieve these. Throughout the therapy, I will work with you to help you develop a better understanding of your difficulties, and to learn strategies and skills you can use to help you improve your current wellbeing and to protect yourself against similar difficulties in the future. During therapy, we will frequently review our progress to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and to discuss anything that you would like to change about the work.
My clinical practice is strongly evidence-based and I draw on a range of therapeutic models according to the particular needs and preferences of each individual client. I use a predominantly cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) in combination with techniques from other models including mentalisation-based therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, schema-focused therapy and compassion-focused therapy.
What sorts of problems can I help with?
I am skilled in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological difficulties. I work mostly with adults, and have a special interest in perinatal psychology and the particular issues faced by expectant and new parents from conception through to the end of the first year after the birth of a baby. I am especially interested in working with new families and supporting people with the transitions into parenthood, and I use the Watch, Wait and Wonder model to enhance the parent-infant relationship.
How can therapy help?
People come to psychological therapy for many different reasons, and it can be helpful in several different ways. For some people, it's about finding a safe place to explore or make sense of painful feelings and experiences. Other have a specific problem they want to address. Whatever your reason for seeking help now, I would like to acknowledge the courage required for you to take this first step.
If you have any questions at all, or are wondering whether therapy might be able to help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2007, University of Manchester)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (2009, University of Manchester
- PhD in Experimental Psychopathology (2004, University of Manchester)
- BA Hons 1st Class in Experimental Psychology (2001, University of Oxford)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (2011, University of Sheffield)
I am committed to maintaining and updating my knowledge and skills, and I attend regular professional training events. Examples of some of the recent training I have undertaken are below:
- Compassion-focused therapy for perinatal distress (2017)
- Compassion-focused therapy for shame-based trauma (2016)
- Watch, Wait and Wonder: enhancing parent-infant relationships (2016)
- Handling disclosure of historic childhood sexual abuse (2016)
- Transference and countertransference in cognitive models and therapies (2016)
- Using imagery in CBT (2016)
- Advancing schema work (2015)
- CBT for survivors of childhood trauma: Oxford18-session model (2015)
- Mentalisation-based treatment (2014)
- Integrating CBT with systemic ideas (2014)
- Parental mental health (2014)
- Effective CBT with military veterans (2012)
- Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2012)
I began my career in clinical psychology in 2004, and have worked in the NHS for over ten years. Most of my experience is in providing a specialist community-based psychological assessment, therapy and consultation service for adults who are experiencing severe mental health problems. I am skilled in the assessment and treatment of wide range of emotional difficulties, and i have a particular interest in perinatal mental health and wellbeing. I have a keen interest in clinical research and worked as an academic clinical psychologist at the University of Sheffield for several years. I am also a clinical supervisor, and am on the British Psychological Society's register for supervisors of applied psychology practice (RAPPS).
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Perinatal mental health
A 50-minute therapy appointment costs £110. The first appointment is longer at 90 minutes and costs £160, which includes a detailed summary report. The initial appointment is particularly important because it provides an opportunity for me to understand what is troubling you, for you to get a feel for what it would be like to work with me, and for us to decide together whether I am the right person to help you. I will always try to help you find an alternative psychological therapist where necessary.
Where I work
I work from two very peaceful therapy clinics: one in the South Oxfordshire market town of Wallingford (The Lodge), and the other just outside the city of Oxford in Botley (Raleigh Park Clinic). Both are very discrete and confidential settings with easy access and parking.
The Lodge in Wallingford is a very personal and welcoming environment located opposite a large park a couple of minutes' walk from the centre of town. There is ample convenient pay & display parking in the immediate vicinity, and Wallingford is also well served by public bus routes.
Raleigh Park Clinic is set in a quiet residential area at the top of a hill, close to the A34 to the south-west side of the City of Oxford. Its proximity to the A34 and Oxford's ring road means that it is very easily accessible from Oxford and all the surrounding areas. There is plenty of safe and free parking outside the Clinic, and the area is also extremely well connected by public transport routes.