Dr Suzy MacKechnie
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Therapist with 20 years experience in the NHS and I offer therapy for children, adolescents, parents, adults and their families and carers living in Gloucestershire. I can help with a wide range of common emotional difficulties and family stresses. I offer a compassionate and hopeful approach and will help you find a way forward that builds on your existing strengths, skills and values. The kinds of situations I work with include:
-dilemmas and challenges for parents and carers.
-behaviour difficulties in children and adolescents.
-common emotional difficulties such as anxiety, OCD, fears and phobias, low mood, voice hearing, anger.
-the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect.
-anorexia, bulimia and other difficulties with eating ( usually as part of the wider professional network).
-relationship difficulties arising from family stresses such as separation and divorce, bereavement and loss and unemployment.
-school based problems and work related stress.
I aim to support you to increase your sense of wellbeing and enhance your ability to cope.
My professional training means that I bring a knowledge of psychological theory and research to help understand your situation and as a qualified Systemic Family therapist I offer skills in helping families talk together in ways that can create a new understanding of the situation and offer new ways forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family psychotherapist and have been working with children, young people and adults within the NHS and Australia Since 1995. I am chartered by The British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. I undertake regular continuing professional development, training and supervision and abide by ethical standards of practice.
I graduated in psychology from the University of Cambridge in 1993 and started my career in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist with adults with learning disabilities and their carers in Cornwall. I studied for my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey which I completed in 1998. My first year as a qualified clinical psychologist was spent in Melbourne, Australia working in an agency for adults and teenagers with problematic substance use. I returned to the UK in 2000 and since then I have worked in NHS services for children, adolescents and their families. I have a wide experience of helping young people and their parents and carers to overcome emotional difficulties and I have designed and led services for young people in the ‘looked after’ system. I am currently professional lead within a team of Clinical Psychologists in the NHS in Worcestershire where I work predominantly with young people facing more longstanding issues including deliberate self-harm and eating disorders.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Appointments can be arranged in person, by your GP or private health insurer. I aim to respond to requests for a service within 24 hours Monday to Friday.I offer an initial brief telephone consultation free of charge to establish whether I am the right person to assist you. My hourly rate is £90 and initial assessment sessions usually last 1.5 hours.