Dr Sarah Davidson
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist offering assessment, formulation and therapy to adults in the Merseyside area who may be experiencing a range of difficulties or distress.
We all have times in our lives that are painful and experiences that are difficult. Emotional and psychological distress are natural responses to such events and are incredibly common, and yet seeking support can sometimes feel overwhelming. Sometimes the way we feel can affect our everyday lives, including relationships, our ability to carry out activities and can cause us distress. These may be short-term difficulties, or may become part of a more established way of seeing the world around us, ourselves and others. At these times, we may benefit from someone to support us to develop strategies and different ways of coping. Finding the right professional to help you make sense of your difficulties in order to move forward is a deeply personal choice and it can be a challenge to work out who is the best fit for you. This website is designed to provide you with information in order to help you start that process.
I offer a confidential and professional therapy working with a range of psychological difficulties. I see adults from across the Merseyside region and try to be as flexible as possible in offering appointments that work best for you.
I can offer a range of services including
An assessment session should provide you with a psychological understanding of your relational patterns, difficulties and possible areas for future work. It can help you decide whether you would like to engage in psychological therapy.
I can offer short, medium and long-term therapy for a range of psychological difficulties, to people aged sixteen and over.
Clinical Psychology generally utilises a formulation based approach. However, for clarity here, some of the reasons people might seek therapy may include:
- Relationship Issues
- Low self-esteem
- Low mood
- Eating difficulties
- Bereavement and loss
- Trauma, including PTSD
- Significant life events
- Sexual difficulties
It is of vital importance that therapy is individualised to your unique set of needs and I can offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, which draw upon a range of psychological theories and approaches. I have a particular interest in relational models such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). I also use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mentalisation Based Therapy and Schema Therapy. I have particular experience in complex trauma and difficult relational patterns. Therapy can be negotiated as short, medium or long term.
All of my services can be arranged by contacting me, and I am happy to provide further information, either via email or telephone. I am also happy to accept referrals from General Practitioners (GPs), and other health professionals. I may also be able to provide services for those claiming through their insurance provider, so please contact me for further details around this.I can also provide psychological formulation and therapy for Trainee Clinical Psychologists, as I believe this a crucial part of the training and development process. I can offer this at a reduced rate, so please contact me if you would like further details.
I can also provide Clinical Supervision for other Clinical Psychologists. Please contact me for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Sarah Davidson
BSc (Hons), Msc, DClinPsy
I qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University. Having worked in both the NHS and third sector for 19 years, I specialise in working with adults who experience interpersonal and relational difficulties, and who may have experienced trauma in their early lives. Over the course of my career I have worked with a range of clients including those in community mental health services, children and families, individuals within the criminal justice system, service users with a personality disorder diagnosis and those within substance misuse services.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and am a member of The British Psychological Society (BPS).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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
Please note that whilst the 'tick boxes' above are used to indicate that I can work with particular difficulties, it does not mean that I subscribe to the particular language cited above to describe those difficulties.
Psychological Assessment and Therapy
Fees vary depending on your specific requirements. This will be agreed upon in your initial free telephone or email consultation.
- FREE initial telephone consultation (15 minutes)
- £85 initial Assessment Appointment
- £85 per 50 minute therapy session for individuals.
- Couple sessions are charged at a higher rate..
I believe therapy and optimum emotional wellbeing should be accessible to all, and will always aim to see you at a fee you can afford; however, if this is not the case, I am able to provide some lower-fee sessions for those on a low-income and trainees.
Payment is by bank transfer.
A minimum of 24 hours notice for the cancellation of a session is required. Unfortunately, sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to the full session cost.
Please contact me for availability.
Q. What days/times do you offer appointments?
I currently offer day and evening appointments on Thursdays. There is some flexibility in this and I may be able to accommodate one-off appointments outside of my usual times: please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Q. How often will we meet?
If you are attending for therapy it is most likely that we will meet once a week, on the same day/time. It is possible to meet less frequently, depending on your needs and ability to attend.
Q. Where will the therapy take place?
At present I offer sessions predominantly in Liverpool City Centre. I may be able to meet you at another location, if a suitable and confidential venue can be sourced.
Q. How can I be reassured that my information will remain confidential?
I offer a confidential service. Our confidentiality agreement means that I would not share your personal information or your therapy details with anyone else. There are exceptions to this which include believing that you may be at risk to yourself or others, and any child protection concerns. I would endeavour to discuss this with you first, wherever possible. If you are being funded by your insurance company, they may request a report or information during your therapy. For a full list of exceptions to this rule please contact me, or we can discuss further at your first appointment. I am subject to GPDR guidelines around information storage.
Q. Are you the right psychologist/therapist for me?
Choosing the right therapist is a very personal choice and it is crucial you feel comfortable with the person you choose to engage in therapy with. All therapists should understand your need to make the best decision for you. I offer a free 15minute phone or email consultation, to discuss your needs to aid in this process. It may be useful for you to contact a number of psychologists before deciding who you wish to work with.
Q. Do you keep notes about my therapy?
In accordance with good practice BPS and HCPC guidelines I keep brief notes of our sessions. These notes are stored securely, and I am registered with ICO (under the Data Protection Act) who regulates the storing of data. You can find out more about this
If you have a query which is not answered here, please do get in touch.