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Dr Siobhan Commins, Clinical Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist

Elephant And Castle, London, SE17
Registered / Accredited
Elephant And Castle, London, SE17

About me

Given the current circumstances I am happy and available to provide virtual appointments through a range of on-line platforms. Please contact me for further details.

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.

Clinical Experience
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.

These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Trauma Focused CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Mindfulness, and
  • Psychosexual Therapy.

Getting started:
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.

Next steps:

1. Assessment

We will arrange a time to meet face to face 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.

Experience:

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 a fully trained EMDR therapist.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BABCP

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.

HCPC

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Individual sessions (50 mins)

£90 during office hours (9-5pm)

£100 outside office hours (5-8pm)

Sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.

Further information

Health Insurance

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 Bupa, Aviva Health, AXA PPP Healthcare, Cigna, Vitality Health, WPA, Healix and Allianz.

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.

Elephant And Castle
London
SE17

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I am currently offering virtual appointments through a range of online platforms e.g. Skype, Zoom.

Daytime and evening appointments

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Supervision

I am an experienced supervisor, currently providing clinical and professional supervision to qualified CBT therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists working within the NHS.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Siobhan Commins, Clinical Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist

Dr Siobhan Commins, Clinical Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist