Dr Rebecca Shirley, Clinical Psychologist
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience helping adults, couples and families across different NHS and private settings.
Have you found yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed or perhaps flat and not yourself? Have things felt tough for so long you feel lost amongst it all? I can help you to make sense of your experiences and learn how to cope better with the challenges you have been facing.
I have experience supporting individuals with a range of difficulties including anxiety (e.g. worry, OCD, phobias), stress, low self-esteem, low mood, depression, distress during or after pregnancy, relationship difficulties, unusual or confusing experiences and overcoming difficult or traumatic experiences.
How can I help?
I am currently offering both short and longer term therapy via online video therapy. I use an integrative approach to therapy. This means I will work flexibly alongside you to adapt our therapy to your needs, preferences and current circumstances.
I predominantly use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but I will draw on my experience of a range of different evidence based therapies depending on what best fits your difficulties and what complements you as a person. This includes Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness based therapy.
I understand that the idea of therapy can be a daunting prospect. I aim to create a non-judgmental and containing therapy space using compassion and empathy to help you feel safe and comfortable enough to get the most out of our time together. Through therapy I hope to empower you to move towards your personal goals and ultimately be able to live a more fulfilling life in line with your strengths and values.
The first step is to send me a message letting me know what you would like help with and any questions you may have. From here, I can send you more information or we can arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation to briefly discuss what you are looking for.
Following this, if you are happy to, we will set up our first video call appointment (called a consultation) together. During this appointment we will talk in some more detail, at your pace, about what brings you to therapy and what you would like help with. If you are happy to continue we will set up some therapy sessions together. Sessions will generally occur at the same time every week or fortnight.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (Kings College London – In progress)
- Compassion Focused Therapy - An Introduction to Theory and Practice (Compassionate Mind Foundation)
- Meriden Behavioural Family Therapy (East London NHS Foundation Trust)
- DClinPsy Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University College London)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class) (University of Sheffield)
I have worked in a variety of different NHS services and teams. Alongside my private practice, I work part time as a Senior Clinical Psychologist for a community team in Oxleas NHS Trust supporting individuals with a range of unusual and distressing experiences.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Consultation and therapy sessions (50 minutes): £100
I am also able to see clients with the following health insurance: Aviva, AXA PPP, Bupa, Cigna, Healix, Vitality.
Please send me an email outlining what you would like help with and we can arrange a free 15 minute consultation to discuss.