Clinical Psychologist

Southampton Clinic

I have 12 years experience working in the NHS with people who have physical and mental health difficulties. I am passionate about the work I do and motivated to help each individual to achieve their goals. I have extensive experience of working with people who have autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities using adapted approaches to ensure therapy is meaningful to them. I have a range of assessment skills and I draw upon a variety of theoretical models to inform my work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support models, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches. I am person centred and ensure I tailor my approach to meet each individual’s unique needs. 

My Experience

I have worked in the NHS for 12 years supporting people who have a range of mental and physical health difficulties, across the life span. I have extensive experience of adapting psychological therapies for people with learning difficulties, learning disabilities and autism. I am passionate about the work I do and am committed to helping people lead a full and meaningful life in line with their values. 

My Values

I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential for successful outcomes in therapy. Using my skills of validation and empathy, by being flexible, responsive, caring, honest, open and warm, I aim to work closely with each individual to build a therapeutic relationship that is built on trust, honesty and respect. Working with people of different ages, cultures and abilities has enabled me to develop skills in carefully and considerately adapting psychological therapies to ensure therapy is meaningful to each individual. As a Clinical Psychologist I work in a collaborative way, this means I work closely with you to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties which will enable us to work together to help you achieve your goals. 

The Models I work with

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness based approaches. I tailor each therapy to meet each individual’s unique needs. This may mean integrating therapies and/or adapting therapies depending on what works best for you. I will work at your pace guided by you and your goals for therapy.  

Training and Qualifications

Academic:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Southampton 2008-2011
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Studies – University of Southampton, 2005-2008 (Best Academic Achiever)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (with First Class Honours) – University of Surrey 2001-2005. 

Other:
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Dr Vivia Cowdrill 2016, 5-days. 
Bereavement and Loss, Southern Health NHS Trust 2016 1-day.
Systemic Working and Supervision, 1-day 2016
Supervision – University of Southampton, 2-day workshop 2015
Autistic Diagnostic Interview (ADI) two-day workshop, Dr Sally Powis – Oxford NHS Trust, 2-day training, 2015
Intensive Interaction – Jules McKim, 1-day workshop, 2014
ACT Made Simple, Dr Russ Harris, London 2-day workshop, 2010
Makaton Training, Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, 1-day, 2010
CBT Diploma module     - University of Southampton, 5-day course, 2009
Dual Diagnosis Training 5-day workshop -Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, 2008

Professional Registration

Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HCPC)