Assessment and Consultation
Psychological assessment involves an in-depth exploration of your situation. Put simply, it aims to clarify how you’ve come to be in this situation, and how change could happen. I will be interested in your own view of the things that have happened to you, the beliefs you hold about yourself and others, and the ways you’ve learned to cope over time.
From this assessment, we then work collaboratively on a diagram that maps out the problem you’ve described. We can use this to think together about your options for moving forwards and making improvements.
An Assessment and Consultation will usually involve two to three sessions. For some people, this process of reflecting and taking stock with an experienced professional can be illuminating and helpful in its own right, and it may be that ongoing therapy sessions are not needed.
I have many years' experience of supervising trainee and qualified clinicians including Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses.
I have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision. I am a registered supervisor with the BPS (Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors).
Importantly, I really enjoy clinical supervision and my supervisees give consistently good feedback. I have found online sessions can work very well, especially for busy clinicians who don’t have time to travel.
I am an integrative therapist: rather than using just one therapy model, I like to think creatively about the best way forward in response to your unique situation and needs.
My approach has evolved over the years, influenced not only by training and study but also by varied life experiences and exposure to different cultures. I have also learned a huge amount from my clients – and continue to do so.
The therapy models I use most often are
CFT (Compassion-focused Therapy)
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
If you'd like to learn more about Schema Therapy, please read my blog post.
Above all, I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental, warm and empathic therapeutic relationship. I believe (and research suggests) that this is one of the most important factors in successful therapy.