Dr Richard Doherty - Clinical Psychologist
HI there, nice to meet you, thank you for looking at my profile.
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 a 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.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. They do not always offer skills to help you make changes. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Why do people choose to have therapy?
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.
My work to date my work has taught me that psychological difficulties are not dysfunctional, but rather the logical response to a person’s life, experience. In line with this, the treatment I provide seeks to help people be less impacted by their symptoms, but also to work with the circumstances driving the symptoms. Through the course of therapy we will work together in an accessible and collaborative way, to produce meaningful and lasting change.
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.
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above 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 or phone (01420 540220).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist currently working for the prestigious NHS Trust of St Thomas’ Hospital. I also work with Oxford University teaching on their Clinical Doctorate programme and with Royal Holloway University of London teaching on their Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme.
I have worked at St Thomas’ hospital as the Lead Psychologist for the complex sleep service, and headache service, and in my current role I am the Senior Clinical Psychologist in critical care unit.
Alongside my NHS work, I work privately with specific issues, such as anxiety and depression, work-related stress, sleep related difficulties and physical health conditions including chronic pain and migraine.
My approach is based on the principle that psychological and physiological difficulties are a response to overwhelming feelings and threat. My work helps people understand and reduce their sense of threat by developing psychological skills. I am an evidence based practitioner using best practice to support skills development for a better future
I completed my Honours Degree (first class) in Psychology from the University of London. I then went on to obtain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a further Diploma in CBT Therapy, awarded with Distinction.
Training and Qualifications
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), Surrey University, 2010
Diploma in CBT Therapy, Royal Holloway University of London, 2011
Undergraduate Degree BSC Psychology 2007
Additional Clinical Training
Headache masterclass: Royal College of Physicians: Oct 2015
Act for Sleep: Dr Guy Meadows: June 2016
Oct 2016: Evidence and research in mindfulness: Professor Mark Williams
Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered (PYL26276)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees are £140. Individual sessions are £110 and are usually 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment. Some of our therapist do offer concessions.
We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email or phone (01420540220) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.
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) for adults and children.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
evenings and weekends
Types of client