Dr. Tanya Augustine, Counselling Psychologist
Hello and welcome to my page.
I am Chartered Counselling Psychologist with 17 years experience of working in the mental health sector and 10 years working as a qualified psychologist.
I have been working as a Counselling Psychologist since 2009 and have worked across a number of NHS settings. This includes providing a psychology service in GP practices, working in a Community Mental Health Team, a Psychological Therapies service and a specialist Crisis Intervention Service. Alongside my NHS work I have also been working in private practice since 2011.
My therapeutic approach
As a counselling psychologist I have been trained to offer a range of therapies which I can tailor to your individual needs and circumstances.Therapy may involve working on a clearly defined problem area and may be time-limited. Alternatively, it may be more appropriate to work in an open-ended contract in which you can explore your issues further.
My main therapeutic approach I draw on is Compassion Focussed Therapy. This approach brings together a broad range of theories and research including mindfulness, compassion, attachment and evolutionary psychology. It is very helpful approach particularly for people who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, perfectionism and high levels of self criticism. This approach utilising some CBT techniques and is practical as well as having a relational focus. There is a strong emphasis on emotions and how we can learn to develop a compassionate mind in which to respond and manage our emotional difficulties.
Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship is crucial in determining how helpful therapy can be. Central to my approach is a focus on the therapeutic relationship, which is collaborative and involves working together on an agreed focus for therapy. It is important that you feel that you can trust the therapist you decide to work with.
You may also be interested in signing up for a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course. These courses are particularly beneficial to individuals who have experienced 3 or more episodes of depression, or those who wish to find more helpful ways to manage stress and anxiety. The next course will be running over 4 saturdays on the 8th & 22nd February & 7th & 21st March and a silent day retreat on the 15th March. Maximum participants 8.
What to expect
During our initial meeting you will have the opportunity to address any questions you may have and to see how you feel working with me. I will discuss confidentiality with you and tell you more about what therapy may involve. You and I will then be able to decide if counselling psychology is right for you, which can sometimes take one or several more sessions. If it is helpful we can arrange an initial telephone consultation to find out if you would like to book a session with me and answer any questions you may have.
If you have any questions you would like to discuss prior to arranging a session please do get in touch either via email or telephone. I aim to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours.
I am based at the Norwich Wellbeing Centre and currently have availability for daytime appointments.
Please see their website for further information on the centre:
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of East London
BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Sussex
Further professional training completed in:
Teaching mindfulness based approaches - Bangor Centre for Mindfulness research and practice
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Mentalization Based Therapy
Trauma focussed CBT
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
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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
£80 per 50-minute session for individual therapy (fees via private health insurance set at £100 per session)
8- week Mindfulness based cognitive therapy courses:
£200 group course
£300 individual format
£50 per 50-minute clinical supervision