Dr Stephanie Minchin ~ Clinical Psychologist & Yoga Therapist
‘No one else has facilitated me to develop such a deep understanding of my motivations, past traumas, and sense of self like Stephanie has - and no-one else has helped me put these learnings and experiences into skills and approaches that help me live my life without being on medication’ ~ Client
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist, with over 10 years experience of working in mental health settings with people of all ages across the lifespan, from a diverse range of socio-cultural and economical backgrounds.
Therapy sessions have the potential to be life changing by overcoming emotional, mental and/or physical health difficulties, empowering you to untangle from life’s toxicities and challenges, and reconnect and rediscover yourself. All therapy sessions are conducted within a warm, safe and nurturing therapeutic relationship.
In therapy, I have supported people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties, attachment & relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, eating difficulties, issues related to gender identity & sexuality, alcohol and substance misuse, self-harm, underlying neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD, ADHD), parenting, and coping with physical health conditions.
I appreciate working with all aspects of diversity & advocate for inclusivity & equality, welcoming every human being into therapeutic spaces. Self reflection and reflexivity are important to me and support a positive and mindful therapist-client relationship. I am inspired by social action, encouraging yoga and psychology to have a voice in the social and political landscape in advance healing & wellbeing.
Psychological therapy involves exploring one’s life story, the current difficulties and their contexts, making sense of the difficulties together, identifying what you would like help and support with, defining individualised goals, applying specialist therapeutic interventions to help transform, heal and make change, with regular review of progress.
Yoga Therapy is the science of applying yoga to overcome health difficulties, integrating mind, body, emotional and spiritual influences through breathing techniques, embodied movement, yoga postures, meditation, mindfulness-based approaches and lifestyle guidance. If you have a body and you have a breath, then yoga therapy is suitable for you. Yoga Therapy is for everybody and every body. No previous experience of yoga is required.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a Dr of Clinical Psychology (PhD) I am clinically trained to work in multiple therapeutic models:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - CBT is the recommended treatment intervention for anxiety, depression and panic. CBT is a skill-based approach which helps you to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and challenge the patterns and cycles through active changes.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - CFT is a third-wave CBT, with foundations in evolutionary psychology and influences of Eastern approaches to understanding the human experience. The main tenet of CFT is to build ways to soothe and calm the mind and body, through developing compassion-based skills.
Narrative Therapy - Narrative Therapy examines the life stories we live by and creates a re-authoring from problem-saturated narratives to ones of hope, strength and resilience.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - DBT has influences from various cognitive therapies, using a skill-based approach as well as mindfulness-based strategies to build emotional resilience, flexibility, and improve interpersonal relationships; effective for those feeling overwhelmed by emotions or feeling numb.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) - ACT is a skill-based approach, integrating elements of cognitive therapies and mindfulness. ACT can be supportive in building present moment awareness, detaching from unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, accepting what is beyond one’s control, and identifying the positive personal values which you live by.
Children's Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT) - CATT is a well-established psychological intervention for working with complex trauma in children. CATT integrates CBT and art therapy techniques with human rights principles, for a holistic and child-centred approach.
Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy; Couples Therapy) - Systemic therapy explores and maps the relationships between individuals to better understand the difficulties existing between them in order to move towards positive change together.
Psychodynamic Therapy - Psychodynamic Therapy is an exploratory approach, which seeks to understand the inner psyche by exploring the unconscious mind and inner world, developed and influenced by early childhood experiences and attachment patterns.
As a fully qualified Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher (1000 hrs+ training), I have over a decade in my own yogic and spiritual practice.
Yoga Therapy - the science of applying yoga to treat emotional, mental and/or physical health difficulties in the process of healing towards health and wellbeing. Yoga Therapy views the person as a whole, an integrated system of mind, body, emotional and spiritual aspects and can be a valuable compliment to alternative modern medicine. Yoga therapy is appropriate for people of all levels & abilities.
Education & Training
- Psychology & Sociology (BSc) - University of Leeds - 1st (2009)
- Clinical Research (MRes Post-grad. certificates) - City University London (2013)
- Doctorate Training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - University of Hertfordshire (2016)
- Advanced Trainings in Psychological Therapies include: Narrative Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Compassion Focused Therapy; Trauma-informed approaches
- Advanced Training in Clinical Psychology Supervision (Level 1 & 2)
- Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs) - Vivian Callegaro Yoga Academy (2014)
- Reiki Level I - Paolo Bisazzo Reiki Master (2015)
- Reiki Level II - Vital Reiki (2019)
- Yin Yoga Training (30 hrs) - Norman Blair, Yoga Campus (2019)
- Yoga Like Water (30 hrs) - Dan Peppiatt (2019)
- Mandala Vinyasa Training (20 hrs) - The Yoga People (2019)
- School of Svadhyaya Advanced Yoga Training (30 hrs) - MoreYoga (2019)
- Advanced Assisting Methodology (50 hrs) - Sunday School Yoga (2019)
- Yoga Therapy Training (580 hrs) - The Minded Institute (2020)
- Liberate Yoga Teaching Mentorship - Naomi Absalom (2020)
- CPD influenced and informed by the work of Anodea Judith (PhD Bioenergetics, energy systems and chakra theories)
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.
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
Due to current Covid-19 guidance, all therapy sessions are facilitated online.