Dr Siobhan Commins, Clinical Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist
It is common for people to become stuck, overwhelmed or dissatisfied with aspects of their lives or relationships. At these times it can be beneficial to talk through what your struggling with and how you would like it to be different with a trained professional.
I am a highly trained Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience in the study and practice of psychology.
I am a warm and experienced clinician providing confidential, tailored and evidence-based therapies aimed at helping you to feel better and get back on track. I specialise in working with adults with a wide range of difficulties who would like support to understand themselves better and advice on how to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. I can help you to understand how your difficulties may be being maintained and support you to make lasting change in the areas important to you.
I draw on a variety of different therapeutic models and techniques depending on the difficulties you would like help with.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Trauma Focused CBT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Compassion Focussed Therapy
- Mindfulness, and
- Psychosexual Therapy.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. We can then speak to see if your hopes for therapy may be complemented by what I can offer. I will aim to get back to you as soon as I can to answer any queries you may have and let you know my availability. If I am not able to offer you help at this time or feel that what you are looking for lies outside my area of expertise, I will endeavour to signpost you on to alternative services.
We will arrange a time to meet and discuss in more detail what you are struggling with and what you would like to work on. The assessment process usually takes 1 to 2 sessions depending on the nature of your difficulties. Following this we will agree some initial goals for therapy, that we can review regularly to check we are on the right track.
2. Therapy sessions
We will plan a course of sessions together to work through your difficulties and help get you get back on track. The number and frequency of sessions can be flexible, depending on what you would like to work on and your goals for therapy. Together we will plan things you can do between sessions to help maximise your progress. When you feel back on track, it can be helpful to plan a booster session(s) to help you stay on track.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (DClinPsy)
BSc Hons Psychology, Royal Holloway, University Of London.
I have 10 years experience providing psychological assessment, therapy and support to individuals and couples. I have worked in a variety of specialist mental and physical health services specialising in anxiety disorders, trauma, peri- and postnatal care, sexual health, HIV, cancer and palliative care.
Memberships and Accreditations:
- I am registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).
- I am a eligible for Chartered Membership as a a Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- I am accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
- I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.
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
Individual sessions (50 mins)
Sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the full cost or part of the cost of your appointments. I am currently registered to provide psychological therapy with AXA PPP Healthcare, Cigna and WPA.
You are welcome to contact me directly before speaking to your insurer. However, if you are registered with a private healthcare insurer and wish to have part or all of the fees paid for by the insurer, a referral from your GP (or with some companies, from a Psychiatrist) may be required by the provider in order to cover your fees. Please contact your healthcare provider to clarify these details. Some healthcare providers have fees which are different to my rates detailed above. If these are less than my own rate the shortfall is made up by the client.