Serene Self Psychology

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MBA, MSc, DCounsPsych. CPsychol, AFBPsS
Available for new clients
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Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About us

My philosophy as a human and as a counselling psychologist is based on my strong belief that every human being is unique and that we have an innate capability to heal from distressing life experiences. I love working with people using a compassion-focused foundation to help them to move towards a more compassionate relationship with themselves. I feel truly privileged to be part of a process where someone can use the scaffold of our work together to achieve a balance in their life and relationships that brings them joy. The golden thread of compassion informing our work is not simply an approach to therapy but a new way of relating and being with ourselves, or as I like to say a new superpower for living.  Compassion isn’t always easy, it’s certainly not soft but it might just be the most powerful and loving thing that you can do for yourself. Why don’t you join me a fellow human who would love to provide a scaffold and tools to help you move towards your goals in life. 

Therapy is unique to each person and can be a single model or drawn from a range of models depending on your preferences and needs.  The psychological models I use in practice include Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I offer a warm and friendly therapy space without any judgement. I work in person and offer online sessions via Zoom. Take the first step, the leap of faith and get in touch to begin our work together. I would love to meet you, hear your story, and work with you to achieve your goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

Practice owner Dr Siobhan McHale

I'm Siobhan an HCPC registered and BPS chartered Counselling Psychologist. I have doctoral-level training and experience in treating complex mental health difficulties. I have had extensive training in Schema Therapy, EMDR,CBT including trauma-focused , ACT and CFT Compassion Focused Therapy and eating disorder therapies including MANTRA , CBT-E, CBT-T, CBT-AR.

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£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Cigna
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • BUPA

Additional information

Free 15 minute introductory call or video session available

Individual therapy face to face and online 50 minutes £120

Initial assessment 1.5 hours £135

Further information

I work with people who may be struggling with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental health difficulties. In session, we will create a collaborative treatment plan to help process painful experiences that may have shaped your beliefs about yourself, others, and the world in general. Our work will support you to develop new skills and make choices that are helpful to moving towards your goals.

Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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My consulting room is on the ground floor and fully wheelchair accessible.

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