Dr Hannah Gray
I have worked in the NHS since 2014 providing psychological support to individuals and families across the life span. Prior to this I worked in not-for-profit learning disability services supporting individuals who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). I have also worked in forensic services delivering psychological group work programmes and providing individual support for a range of difficulties including anxiety and anger management. I currently work in an NHS inpatient setting with adults who have complex and enduring mental health difficulties.
I understand that coming to therapy and talking to someone new about difficult life experiences can feel like an overwhelming thing to do. For me, it is important that we build a collaborative, transparent and supportive relationship so that you feel safe when opening up about the things that are keeping you feeling ‘stuck’. I firmly believe that therapy is a joint venture which recognises you as the expert of your life. My role is to work with you to develop a shared understanding of your experiences, whilst also supporting you to develop new perspectives. Therapy can help you develop new skills to cope and I can support you with this. However, when going through difficult times, it is often easy to lose sight of the strengths and resilience you already hold. I find that an important and valuable part of my role is to help people to reconnect with these and to instil the confidence that you can continue to build a life according to your values.
Models I work with
As a clinical psychologist I have been trained in a number of psychological approaches. These can either be used in ‘pure’ form or integratively, depending your needs and preferences. Within my practice I mostly draw upon Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). My work is also informed by Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and systemic approaches. As we come to understand your difficulties and goals in the assessment session we will be able to decide which approach would be the best fit for you.
I currently hold a clinic in Southampton and offer face to face appointments on Tuesday evenings. I also have a virtual clinic on Friday mornings and weekday evenings. I work with people aged 16 years upwards.
Training and Qualifications
2014 – 2018 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton
2009 – 2010 – MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Southampton
2005 – 2009 – BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Southampton
2020-2021 – EMDR Parts 1-3, EMDR Academy
2021 – Working Compassionately with Anger, Russell Kolts, Compassionate Wellbeing
2021 – Working with Shame Memories: A Compassionate Roadmap, Compassionate Wellbeing
2021 – Polyvagal Theory and Practices Workshop, Dr Zandra Bamford, Therapy North West
2021 – ADOS – 2 Clinical Workshop, Pearsons2018 – CBT for psychosis, University of Southampton
2017 – A Compassionate Approach to Recovering from Shame-Based Trauma & PTSD Working with severe and enduring mental illness, Compassionate Mind Foundation
Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): HCPC registration number: PYL36177