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chartered clinical psychologist and psychotherapist

About me

Hello, are you feeling sad or low, experiencing anxiety or stress and struggling to cope?  Are you looking for someone highly experienced and professional - a safe pair of hands to guide you through these difficulties?  I'm a  chartered clinical psychologist and an accredited therapist with over a quarter of a century of experience working in adult mental health services. I have expertise in treating a range of common mental health difficulties in adults aged 18 and over.  I can help with difficulties such as:

  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • generalised anxiety (worry)
  • phobias
  • health anxiety
  • social anxiety/ shyness
  • post traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • OCD and hoarding
  • low mood and depression,
  • work-related stress
  • eating disorders
  • low self esteem, shame and self criticism
  • perfectionism
  • anger management
  • relationship problems
  • adjustment problems following life changes
  • suicide bereavement
  • insomnia

I have a  compassionate, understanding and collaborative approach.  I offer a range of therapies that I interweave to most helpfully meet your needs.  These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

I understand that seeking therapist is a big step to take  -  I have supported many others on their journey to recovery and I look forward to helping you too.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a quarter of a century working in NHS mental health services.  I qualified as a clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in 1989.  Since then I have invested heavily in my continuing professional development and have gained a doctorate in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in psychological research methods and a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. I trained in EMDR in 2011 and find it a powerful and effective therapy for addressing traumatic experiences. I have always specialised in the field of adult mental health and worked in a range of adult mental health services within the NHS.  I specialised over a period of 13 years in occupational health psychology.  I have attended additional trainings in compassion focused therapy and  in acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

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.


EMDR Association UK (EMDR UK)


EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe (EMDR Europe)

EMDR Europe

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Suicide bereavement



£99.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

My fee of £99 is for 50 minute assessment and therapy sessions.  My fee includes access to free resources (from Psychology Tools).  I also offer a free ending session (Terms & Conditions apply).  

I am recognised by a range of insurers including AXA, Vitality Health, BUPA, Cigna, Helix, Aetna, Aviva and WPA. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My clinic opens at 8.30am Monday to Thursday.  The latest appointments I offer are 6.30pm Monday to Thursday.  You choose and book appointments on my online portal. 

Further information

I am an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and an accredited EMDR therapist.

Peter Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO1

Type of session


Types of client

Young people

Key details

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Online platforms



In person

I am a very experienced psychologist and supportive supervisor who is registered on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

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