Tinisha Kennedy

Tinisha Kennedy



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About me

About me


I understand that looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email (therapy@avenuetherapies.com) or phone (01420540220).

The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic ‘models’. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs by selecting aspects of therapy models that will be most helpful to you. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.

People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you. I have written more about the psychological models I work with below.

I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction.

I am also part of Avenue Therapies, a community practice of highly experienced and qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. We offer clinics over a variety of locations. For more details please visit http://www.avenuetherapies.com/contact. Many of the team have attended advanced level training and have particular specialisms so, although I may not be an expert in the area you would like support with, it is likely someone within our team is. We offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Systemic approaches. Was also have Occupational Therapy services and close links to local Psychiatric colleagues. All of the team at Avenue Therapies work in accordance with the guidance set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

My Experience
I am experienced in carrying out psychological assessment and treatment for a range of mental health problems across the lifespan. As well as providing therapeutic interventions for individuals (that is children, adolescents and adults), I have extensive experience in working with families and groups. I have worked closely to support individuals experiencing numerous types of emotional distress, including low mood, anxiety disorders (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder), phobias, behavioural difficulties, psychosomatic disorders, psychosis and a range of emotional regulation difficulties, possibly resulting from but not restricted to psychological trauma. I have worked in a range of settings, including social care settings (with Children Looked After), private sector (inpatient and outpatient settings), and NHS inpatient (forensic), and community care services. Within the NHS, I currently work with Looked After Children. I also provide training and consultation to staff working in highly pressured environments.

My Values
I am passionate about providing clients with a safe and containing therapeutic relationship. I am inspired to work both creatively and collaboratively with my clients to reveal what factors might be driving the problems in question. I value being invited in to share and support clients on their personal therapeutic journey, to bear witness to and promote self-soothing.

The Models I Work With
I am an integrative psychologist who enjoys working closely with client, using a Compassion Focussed Therapy Model to thoroughly assess the therapeutic needs of my client. A psychological formulation of the current presenting difficulties is then used to guide the process of therapeutic intervention. I work collaboratively with clients using Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Approaches, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am able to adapt these models to suit the therapeutic needs of my clients. I am experienced in providing both short term and long term therapy, working with individuals, families and groups.

What to expect from your therapy sessions

I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.

The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.

After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.

How is a Clinical Psychologist different?

Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties and needs and tailoring therapy from different models to the person. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.

Training, qualifications & experience

PsychD. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. University of Surrey, 2016.
BSc(Hons). Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology. University of Kent, 2012

EMDR. Pt 1 & 2. Dr A. Richman, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, 2018
Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Treatment. Anna Freud Centre, 2016
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule2 (ADOS-2). Dr M. Murin. GOSH, 2016
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Essential Skills. APT. Leicester, 2016
Disgust Across the Disorders. Dr D Veale. Greyrock and Stanton Ltd, 2016
Repairing the Therapeutic Rupture. BPS, 2016
How do Psychologists Look after Themselves in a Changing NHS. BPS, 2015
Hiding the Issue? Paedophilia: Time to End the Silence? HMP Thamesmead, 2015
Narrative Approaches to Therapy with People who have Killed. Dr G. Adshead, 2015
Working with Suicide and Self-Harm in Offenders. Nottingham Trent University, 2015
Managing Therapeutic Drift. Dr G. Waller, 2015
Creative & Systemic Approaches in Paediatric Psychology. Gt Ormond Street Hospital, 2014
Compassion Focused Therapy. Prof. P. Gilbert, 2014
Women, Trauma & Violence: A Relational Perspective. Tavistock & Portman NHS FT, 2013
Therapeutic Group Skills. East London NHS FT, 2012

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We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees are £120, individual sessions are £100 and are usually 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment. Some of our therapist do offer concessions. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email (therapy@avenuetherapies.com) or phone (01420540220) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies..

Further information

As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.

We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).

Maps & Directions

Betchworth, RH3
Coulsdon, CR5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytimes, evenings and weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme