We are a group of trained, qualified, experienced, private Clinical Psychologists, helping people with Mental Health issues, working as sole practitioners. We provide online therapy. We have all worked/still work in the NHS as well as here offering private non-NHS therapy.
We offer a range of talking therapies / approaches (e.g., CAT, CBT, EMDR, EDT). We tailor psychotherapy to you. During this time of coronavirus, and social distancing and isolation, you may have (have had) problems with your mental health during lockdown. Get help with depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, OCD and other mental health problems; your interpersonal relationships may also be affected. You no longer need to search for talking therapy near me as we offer remote online therapy - we offer therapy sessions over the internet. Find out about our costs and psychologists available to see you. Our training helps us offer more to you, without using medication. We are specialist mental health counsellors and more.
Dr Amy Elliott: Clinical Psychologist, Doctor
Amy (Dr Amy Elliott) is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. Amy has worked in psychological services within the NHS for over 15 years, encompassing a range of different clinical settings with individuals and their families across all age ranges. She currently works in a community service with adults experiencing mental health difficulties.
Amy has experience of working in a number of different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She works in an integrative way in her current practice, drawing on a range of different approaches to best meet the individual’s need. Amy has a particular interest in Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) and has completed a 3-year core training in this approach accredited by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA). EDT is a collaborative approach which focuses on the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding feelings. When feelings are blocked, this can lead to a range of symptoms or presenting problems, such as anxiety and depression. Paying attention to emotions and developing capacity to experience them, can help the individual to become more connected to what is important in their lives and enabling them to act in ways that are more in line with this. This approach can also help to develop a stronger sense of self and in turn deeper, more connected relationships with others.
Amy works with a broad range of difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, stress, depression, low self-confidence and self-esteem, relationships difficulties, difficulties relating to early life experiences. She also works with psychological difficulties arising from physical health problems, including medically unexplained symptoms/somatic problems and chronic pain.
Clients seeing Amy are invited to meet her over the internet (was at one of two venues, in Solihull or Knowle; both venues are 7 minutes from Junction 5 of the M42).
Dr Natalie Southall: Clinical Psychologist, Doctor
Natalie (Dr Natalie Southall) is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Natalie has been working in psychological services since 2004 and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2011. She is a qualified Practitioner in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
Natalie has worked in a number of different services, with people facing a range of challenges. Natalie works with clients whose difficulties include stress and anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, issues relating to early life experiences, low self-esteem, adjustment to physical health problems and disabilities and personality difficulties.
Alongside her work in the NHS, Natalie offers Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) remote therapy, privately over the internet (was in Stone, Staffordshire). On line therapy sessions are offered on a weekday evening.
CAT is an integrative therapy which draws on a range of psychological theories. It places the relationship at the heart of therapy. CAT is a very collaborative approach, in which the client and therapist work together towards the client’s goals. The therapy starts with developing a shared understanding of the problems being faced and how they developed. CAT then explores how the pain or difficulty being experienced can be recognised and alleviated. In her CAT work, Natalie draws on ideas from a range of therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and mindfulness. CAT therapy is commonly 8, 16 or 24 sessions long, depending on the person’s needs and the nature of the difficulties that brought them to therapy.
Dr Christina Wilson: Clinical Psychologist, Doctor
Dr Christina Wilson is a senior Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018. Christina has worked in a number of different Psychological Services since 2010, including working as a Clinical Psychologist in South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
Christina now works both in the NHS and privately with clients whose difficulties include: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Self-confidence, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eating difficulties, Relationship difficulties, and Personality difficulties. Christina offers different psychological therapies including Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and she also incorporates ideas from a range of other therapies including Compassion-Focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. She is also commencing training in EMDR.
Christina’s further specialist training as a CAT therapist (accreditation aimed for Sept. 2020) will subsequently be followed by additional CAT Psychotherapy training. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a time-limited therapy (typically 16 or 24 sessions), which explores the presenting problems that bring an individual to therapy and the deeper patterns that underlie them. CAT is an active collaborative therapy guiding an individual to become an observer of their own life, exploring learned beliefs, relationship patterns, and exploring possible changes.
Initial therapy sessions with Christina will involve exploring together the difficulties you bring to therapy, to develop an understanding (called a Formulation), which will guide discussions about which psychological approach might be most suitable for the remainder of the agreed therapy sessions. At the present time, online therapy sessions are available with Christina remotely using internet, online therapy on Saturdays and weekday evenings. (She was seeing people in person in Knowle.)
Founder, Dr Jurai Darongkamas, has extensive experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
Jurai worked for the NHS for 33 years (started 1986), a consultant since 1998 and provides non-nhs work through this site. She always aims to provide a high quality service.
Jurai was responsible for leading and providing outstanding Clinical Psychology Services in a large geographical area for many years.
She has held various posts of additional responsibilities including: Chair, W. Midlands Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society (2014-17); Strategic Lead for an NHS Trust services for people experiencing relational and emotional self-management difficulties; Director, W. Midlands Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner course and; Specialist Advisor (www.CQC.org.uk). Jurai is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). Jurai has received accreditation from the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP) and EMDR UK and Ireland.
She is a registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC) & Psychologist specialising in Psychotherapy, Senior Practitioner status. She has been accredited as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapist, supervisor and trainer; Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist; Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and; counselling psychologist. She also offers other psychological therapy approaches and is an experienced clinical and professional supervisor.
She is: Former Chair, W. Midlands Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society (2014-17); Former Strategic Lead for an NHS Trust services for people experiencing relational and emotional self-management difficulties; Former Director, W. Midlands Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner course and; Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS). Jurai has received accreditation from the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP) and EMDR UK and Ireland.
If you are a qualified Clinical Psychologist and/or Psychological Therapist interested in joining as an associate, do please email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you. We are particularly looking for those with good experience, interested in achieving excellent outcomes and a high quality experience for those we serve.
Jurai has variously published on several clinical and professional areas of interests (see below). Contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org
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Darongkamas, J., Dobel-Ober, D., Moody, B., Wakelin, R. and Saddique, S. (2020), "Training NHS staff to work with people with trauma induced emotional regulation and interpersonal relational difficulties (TIERI)...", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-10-2019-0054
Darongkamas, J, Dobel-Ober, D., Moody, B., Wakelin, R. & Saddique, S., Training NHS staff to work with people with Trauma Induced Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Relational difficulties (TIERI)...Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice (in press).
Darongkamas, J., Priest, H., Burns-Lundgren,E., Bradley, E. and Dobel- Ober, D. (in progress), “The road to maturing as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapist: Constructing Reformulation Diagrams”.
- Darongkamas, J., Kiely, B., and Walker, M.J. (2016). A CAT envelope to deliver EMDR (Cognitive Analytic Therapy around Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, available at http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2016-31605-001/ - For the PREPUBLICATION COPY (NOT COPY OF RECORD), click here to view
- Darongkamas, J., Newell, A. Hewitt-Moran, T. & Jordan, S. (Jul 2015). Outcomes of cognitive analytic therapy delivered by trainees. Mental Health Today, 24-27.
- Presented "Putting PROMS into practice” at Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health and Department of Health Quality & Outcomes Event, October 2014, Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- Darongkamas, J., John C. & Walker, M. (2014), An eight-eyed version of Hawkins and Shohet's clinical supervision model: the addition of the cognitive analytic therapy concept of the ‘observing eye/I’ as the ‘observing us’, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Published online: Mar 2014.
- Darongkamas, J. (April 2012), Roundtable discussant, expert panel member on Sport and Mental Health at the BPS Annual conference.
- Presented at the Annual ACAT Trainers and Supervisors Event, (March 2012), London.
- McFadyen, K., Darongkamas, J., Crowther-Green R. and Williams O. (2011). Primary care mental health workers' views of clinical supervision.The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. Published online: 12 October 2011, FirstView Article : pp 1-13, DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X11000055.
- Darongkamas, J. (August 2011) The experience of using Cognitive Analytic Therapy with clients with personality difficulties, national Association for CAT (ACAT) website, http://www.acat.me.uk/page/cat+and+personality+disorder.
- Darongkamas, J., Scott, H. and Taylor, E. (2011). Kick-starting Men’s Mental Health: An Evaluation of the Effect of Playing Football on Mental Health Service Users’ Well-Being. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 13, 3, 14-21.
- Above presented as poster at Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), British Psychological Society(BPS), Annual Conference (2011) and in national BPS press release.
- Darongkamas, J., Griffiths T. and Williams, O. (December 2010). The West Midlands CAT Practitioner Course 2009-2011, Reformulation, 35, 41-44.
- John, C. and Darongkamas, J, (Summer 2009). Reflections on our experience of running a brief 10-week Cognitive Analytic Therapy Group. Reformulation 23, 15-19.
- Darongkamas, J. and Lorenc, L. “Going back to our roots”, (2008),The Psychologist, 21,12,1022-25.
- Above translated into Polish (Charaktery).
- Book Review. Clinical Psychology, Jan 2007, 169, 35.
- Brown, B., Crawford,P. and Darongkamas, J., (2002), “Interdisciplinary work in community mental health, Nursing Times, 98(32),38-39.
- Crawford, P., Brown, B. and Darongkamas, J., (2001), "Boundaries and blurred roles: interdisciplinary working in Community Mental Health",Mental Health Care, 4, 8, 270-272.
- Brown, B., Crawford, P., and Darongkamas, J., (2000), "Blurred roles and permeable boundaries: the experience of multidisciplinary working in Community Mental Health". Health and Social Care in the Community, 8, 6, 425-435.
- Darongkamas, J., Madden, S., Swarbrick, P. and Evans, B., (1995), "The Touchstone therapy group for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse", Journal of Mental Health 4, 1, 17-29.
- Darongkamas, J., Burton, M. and Cushway, D., (1994), "The Use of Personal Therapy by Clinical Psychologists working in the NHS in the UK",Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, International Journal of theory and practice, 1, 3, 165-173.
- Presented as a paper at the Annual Division of Clinical Psychology conference (1994). Poster on the above presented at the annual conference of the Society of Psychotherapy Research, Ravenscar (1993) and at a psychotherapy seminar at the Uffculme Clinic, Regional Psychotherapy center (1992).