Dr Leanne Timings
I have worked in the NHS for over fifteen years in various clinical psychology settings. This has involved working with individuals of all ages, couples, families, and groups and I have enjoyed roles in neuropsychology, child and adolescent and adult services. I strive to support others to make sense of difficulties, develop understanding and new perspectives, and improve wellbeing and quality of life.
In my private practice, I offer psychological therapy to individuals of all ages. I specialise in working with individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, relational issues and overwhelming emotions. I also have specialist training in working with people recovering from Trauma. I believe that we are all unique and the way we make sense of ourselves, others and the world is often linked with our past experiences, fears, and strategies we have learned to navigate the world and other people in an attempt to feel safe. I understand how difficult it can be to seek therapy, so for me it is very important to develop a collaborative, empathic working relationship to help individuals to feel safe and work through difficulties in a way that feels manageable.
As a therapist, I hold certain values that guide my approach to helping individuals. Firstly, I aim to support people in understanding their difficulties without placing blame or shame on them. I believe in helping my clients learn new ways to improve their well-being and relationships. Additionally, I value empathy, consistency, and unconditional positive regard. I strive to approach each client with openness, while maintaining appropriate therapeutic boundaries. I believe in earning my clients’ trust through trustworthy and patient practice.
Moreover, I hold myself to ethical and evidenced-based practices and take into consideration cross-cultural sensitivity. I am passionate about continually learning and expanding my knowledge to better serve my clients.
Models I work with
I am trained in several therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to work with a range of therapeutic models, which means I can use a personalised approach to meet my clients’ unique needs and goals for therapy.
I offer afternoon appointments on Monday and Fridays. I also offer evening appointments on Mondays. Appointments are offered online or face-to-face (located in Wimborne).
Training and Qualifications
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton, 2019-2022
- PGCert Evidence-based Psychological Treatment, University of Reading, 2017-2018
- BSc Psychology with Certificate of Professional Experience (First), University of Plymouth, 2005-2009
- Working with complicated and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bespoke Mental Health, 2023
- Schema Therapy, International Society of Schema Therapy(ISST), 2023
- Motivational Interviewing, Motivational InterviewingNetwork of Trainers (MINT), 2023
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychwire, 2022
- Compassion Focused Therapy, Balanced Minds, 2022
- Solution Focused Therapy, University of Plymouth, 2010
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, 2008
- Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, NHS Plymouth, 2009