Dr Siobhan Commins, CPsychol, DClinPsy. Chartered Clinical Psychologist
I am a highly trained and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS and private practice in Elephant and Castle.
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 individuals with a wide range of difficulties (including trauma, postnatal depression, low mood, generalised anxiety, OCD, panic, bereavement, low self-esteem, phobias, physical health issues, sexual difficulties and relationship problems) who would like advice and support to help 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 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 is flexible, but can typically range from 8 to 12 sessions. Together we will plan things you can do between sessions to help maximise your progress. After therapy, when you feel you are 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 physical health and adult mental health services specialising in anxiety disorders, trauma, chronic pain, HIV, sexual health, adult ADHD & Autism, perinatal, and palliative care.
Memberships and Accreditations:
- I am registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).
- I am a Chartered 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 working towards accreditation.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Individuals (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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments
Types of client
Supervision & training
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.