Psychological Assessment and Therapy

Referral

You can contact the service directly yourself or you might be referred to me by your GP, another therapist, or perhaps your solicitor if you have experienced a personal injury or are involved in court proceedings. You will usually be offered an appointment for an assessment within two weeks of contacting the practice and if therapy is recommended then this can usually start straight away. I currently work with adults and with adolescents from the age of 16 upwards. I have experience of working with people from a wide range of cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation and religious backgrounds.

Assessment

The assessment meeting is a chance for us to meet and talk about the difficulties you have been experiencing. The meeting lasts for an hour and a second assessment meeting may be needed if there is a lot to cover. At the end of this the treatment options will be discussed and a course of therapy is usually planned. I sometimes also make referrals on to other, more specialist services when this is appropriate.

Psychological Treatment

The therapies offered by the practice include those shown to be most effective in alleviating psychological distress in the shortest time period. These are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I can also offer newer forms of CBT such as Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

The most common problems people come to to the practice with are relationship difficulties, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety problems such as phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders,chronic fatigue, IBS, migraine and chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder and addictions (drug and alcohol, internet and sexual addictions) and recovery from physical health problems such as cardiac conditions and cancer. Cognitive behavioural therapy for psychotic symptoms and schizophrenia is also offered by the service. I also have experience of providing therapy to people with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

The clinic is registered with most of the main health insurance providers including BUPA, Aviva, Simplyhealth and Pruhealth. The length of therapies varies from just a few sessions to longer treatments. Some people come weekly, others fortnightly or at longer intervals. Evening and daytime appointments are available and every effort is made to accommodate those with busy schedules or travelling long distances.