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Welcome to About Us, info about our Clinical Psychologists

Experienced Clinical Psychologists.

We are a group of trained, qualified, private Clinical Psychologists, offering people high quality therapy for Mental Health issues. We all have NHS experience, as well as offering private, non-NHS, online therapy through this website.

People come to us for help with a wide range of difficulties, from single to multiple issues. You might have a feeling that “something is not quite right” or know that you are suffering with one or more problems.

Some examples of the many problems we help with: Adjusting to life changes (relationship break ups, pregnancy, parenthood, health changes, etc.); Anxiety, panic and worry; Bereavement; Depression / low mood; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Eating related difficulties; Issues relating to early life experiences e.g. abuse, neglect); Mood disorders; OCD (unwanted thoughts or urges); Personality difficulties; Phobias; Physical health difficulties (including adjustment, chronic pain & medically unexplained symptoms); Psychosis; PTSD; Relationship difficulties; Self-confidence; Self-esteem; Sexuality; Stress; Substance use issues (e.g., alcohol); Trauma; Work related stress, burnout & career issues.

Each psychologist will tailor what they offer to suit you individually, offering you bespoke input. We offer a range of talking therapies/approaches (e.g., CAT, CBT, EMDR, EDT).  As Clinical Psychologists, we can combine two or more approaches for you, as needed.

Contact us, to talk briefly (no charge) to an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist for guidance (if needed) about which Clinical Psychologist you could best have an appointment with, suited for what you are looking for, including your needs. Our charges start from £100 per appointment, depending on who you see.

Check our registration as genuine Registered Psychologists with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and as Practitioner Psychologists with the Professional Standards Authority.

Clinical Psychologists associated with this service include:

lisa tomlinson

Dr Lisa Tomlinson, Clinical Psychologist.

  • Appointments available
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT, CFT, DBT, C-BIT, CAT informed & more
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Dr Lisa Tomlinson is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS, within a number of different services, for people with a range of difficulties. Lisa believes that it is essential that you find a therapist you can trust and feel comfortable talking to. She aims to provide a non-judgemental, safe, and containing space to explore your difficulties, taking sessions at your pace and providing compassion, warmth and understanding. Lisa has an optimistic nature and can hold hope for people when they are feeling at their most hopeless. Lisa often uses an integrated approach to therapy and may draw on a range of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) informed work and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She also uses Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT) for addictions. Lisa has availability on weekday evenings or on Saturdays.
laura bettney

Dr Laura Bettney, Clinical Psychologist.

  • Appointments available
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT, CFT, ACT, CBT-psychosis & more
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Dr Laura Bettney is a Principal Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. She has worked in a number of different NHS services, for people with a range of difficulties, across the North West, Staffordshire and the West Midlands since 2008. Laura currently works in an NHS specialist service for young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Previously, she worked across two Community Mental Health Teams and worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, complex trauma, relationship difficulties and personality difficulties. Laura specialises in working with young adults as well as adults of all ages, seeing people with a wide range of mental health issues. Laura offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and also utilises elements of third wave therapies including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Laura has completed specialist training in CBT, CBT for psychosis and in CBT supervision. Initial sessions involve working together to understand your difficulties and your goals for therapy, which will then help us to plan which approach may be most useful for you.  Online expert CBT therapy sessions via Zoom are immediately available right now. Laura also offers medico-legal work including assessments, reports and psychological therapy for personal injury and a range of other topics. Contact us for a discussion tailored to your needs. "Laura has been a lifeline.  She helped me to put together a roadmap to getting well and has supported me every step of the way on the journey.  I can’t thank you enough." "I have had sessions with Laura..., we have worked through anxiety management, structuring difficult conversations, analysing and capturing thinking habits, and coping with intrusive thoughts. It's been comforting and a relief knowing I'm receiving such helpful support."
christina wilson

Dr Christina Wilson: Clinical Psychologist. 

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Main therapy approach offered: CAT
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Dr Christina Wilson is a Senior Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has worked in a number of different NHS Psychological Services for people with mild to complex psychological difficulties across Birmingham, the Midlands and London since 2010. Christina currently works both in the NHS and privately with clients whose difficulties include: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Self-confidence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eating difficulties, Relationship difficulties, and Personality difficulties. Her areas of special interest and expertise include: intrapersonal struggles and interpersonal experiences linked to diversity and difference, especially religion/spirituality, culture/ethnicity, gender, sexuality/orientation. Christina offers different psychological therapies including Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and EMDR trauma intervention. She incorporates ideas from therapies including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Christina is an accredited CAT therapist and EMDR therapist. Additionally, she has commenced further specialist 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. Christina invites individuals into a safe, authentic, compassionate therapeutic space which offers warmth, acceptance, healing and explores unfolding opportunities.  Initial therapy sessions involve exploring together your emotional distress and difficulties to develop a shared understanding (i.e., formulation) and shared goals, which guide discussions about which psychological approach might support personal growth, enhance a meaningful life, and be most suitable for the remainder of the agreed therapy sessions. At the present time, online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings.
kate fox

Dr Kate Fox: Clinical Psychologist.

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 20+ years NHS
  • Main therapy approach offered: CAT
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Dr Kate Fox is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer. She has worked in the NHS for 20 years specialising in working with people with Psychosis, Trauma and Attachment difficulties. Kate works online with people who are seeking an understanding of why they feel stuck in difficult relationships with themselves and others and are looking at different ways to understand relationships both past and present. Kate’s approach is collaborative – working together with clients on identifying the areas to address and how best to do this together.
Laura Draycott

Dr Laura Draycott, Clinical Psychologist.

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT, EMDR, ACT, CMT
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Dr Laura Draycott is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working in the NHS. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  Laura is committed to providing a safe therapeutic space and brings warmth and compassion to therapeutic work. Laura has experience working with the wide range of difficulties people have, including, but not limited to: depression & low mood, relationship difficulties, anxiety, trauma & PTSD, OCD, eating related difficulties; chronic pain, long-term health conditions, work related stress & burnout and; low self-esteem.  After the first meeting/s, if she feels she can offer the required therapy, she will work with whatever difficulty you bring and would like support with. Laura offers an individually tailored treatment plan, providing both brief and longer-term psychological therapy. The models and frameworks that she draws upon in her work with clients will depend on the difficulties you are bringing to therapy and the changes that you would like to see. Laura is experienced in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassionate Mind Therapy. Laura also regularly draws upon ideas from Psychodynamic and Systemic Therapy to inform her practice. Online sessions via zoom are available; some daytime appointments available, some weekday evenings and at weekends.
Dr Natalie Southall

Dr Natalie Southall: Clinical Psychologist. 

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Main therapy offfered: CAT
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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.
daljit sandhu

Dr Daljit Sandhu: Clinical Psychologist. 

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 10+ years NHS
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT, psychodynamic and compassion focused approaches, also Tai Chi, Yoga.
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Daljit (Dr Daljit Sandhu) is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who currently works mainly in private practice. She has had over 25 years of experience of working in the NHS in a variety of roles and contexts including working as part of multi-disciplinary teams often with clients with complex and long standing issues. She takes a compassionate, holistic and integrative approach to supporting people to understand and overcome emotional and psychological difficulties which may be having a significant impact on their health and well-being and/or their work and relationships. Daljit draws on a wide range of therapeutic models including CBT, psychodynamic and compassion focused approaches. She has a special interest in the understanding the physiological and neurological impact of traumatic experiences on physical and psychological difficulties. In addition to training as a Clinical Psychologist, Daljit is a trained Tai Chi teacher and recently qualified as a Dru Yoga teacher which enables her to bring in mind and body practices to support the regulation of anxiety and arousal which may otherwise prove to be an obstacle to processing past traumatic experiences. Her collaborative and mindful approach supports people to develop not only their own understanding and awareness of the factors connected to the development and maintenance of their difficulties but also to recognise and develop their strengths and resources to support their health and wellbeing once therapy ends. Daljit has experience of working with the following difficulties which may often be present together: Anxiety; Anger issues; Bereavement; Depression/low mood; Difficulties with emotional recognition/regulation; Physical health difficulties including chronic pain and medically unexplained symptoms; Motivational difficulties; Relationship difficulties; Self esteem issues; Trauma issues; Work and career issues Daljit is a creative, balanced and well rounded person. She believes the challenges in her own life have enabled her to bring humanity and optimism to her therapeutic work. She believes it is a privilege and joy to support people in their journey of self development, which is the way she views therapy.
Dr Leah Wallach Clinical Psychologist

Dr Leah Wallach: Clinical Psychologist. 

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 20+ years
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT, EMDR, ACT, CFT, EFT & more
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I am an American trained, dual citizen Clinical Psychologist committed to working collaboratively with my clients to help the person deal with psychological, behavioural and emotional problems, build resilience and flexibility, and enhance wellbeing and health. My work is informed by a sound understanding of basic psychological processes, over twenty years clinical experience in NYS, NHS, and private facilities, and a deep belief in people’s capacity to heal. People’s problems don’t always neatly fit in one of diagnostic categories where treatments have been well researched. As a Clinical Psychologist, I specialize in developing integrative and coherent formulation-based treatments for clients’ difficulties incorporating techniques from different therapeutic models. I have training in a number of specific therapies including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR); Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Emotion Focused Therapy. BPS Chartered, HCPC Registered, licensed in the State of New York
amy elliott

Dr Amy Elliott: Clinical Psychologist. No appointments available.

  • Online zoom therapy sessions are available weekday evenings
  • 15+ years NHS
  • Various therapy approaches offered, tailored to you, including: CBT & EDT & more.
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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.

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Therapy appointments are available right now. We offer help with many mental health problems; get help for depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, OCD etc; your interpersonal relationships may also be affected; see example problems list here.

You no longer need to search for talking therapy, counselling near me, as we offer remote online psychological therapy. Online CBT etc. Find out about our costs and psychologists available to see you. Our training helps us offer more to you, without using medication. We are more specialist than mental health counsellors. Our  diverse ethnic social, and cultural backgrounds help us to offer you inclusive therapy considering issues such as LGBT, etc.

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Founder, Dr Jurai Darongkamas, has extensive experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. No appointments available now.jurai2011photo

Jurai worked for the NHS for 33 years (1986-2019), 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. 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 has offered some private psychology in the independent sector since 1995.

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 interested in joining us, do please email admin@clinicalpsychologyservice.co.uk.  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. 

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Jurai has variously published on several clinical and professional areas of interests (see below and at https://www.researchgate.net). Contact her via admin@clinicalpsychologyservice.co.uk (please make this email a safe sender for your inbox or check your junk box for a reply).

    • "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, Darongkamas, J., Dobel-Ober, D., Moody, B., Wakelin, R. &  Saddique, S. (2020), Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-10-2019-0054

    •  “The road to maturing as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapist: Constructing Reformulation Diagrams”, Darongkamas, J., Priest, H., Burns-Lundgren,E.,  Bradley, E. & Dobel- Ober, D. (in progress).

    •  A CAT envelope to deliver EMDR (Cognitive Analytic Therapy around Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Darongkamas, J., Kiely, B., & Walker, M.J. (2016), available at http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2016-31605-001/ - For the PREPUBLICATION COPY (NOT COPY OF RECORD), click here to view (cognitive analytic therapy pdf with emdr)
    • Outcomes of cognitive analytic therapy delivered by trainees. Darongkamas, J., Newell, A. Hewitt-Moran, T. & Jordan, S. (Jul 2015).  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.
    •  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., John C. & Walker, M. (2014),
    •  Roundtable discussant, expert panel member on Sport and Mental Health at the BPS Annual conference. Darongkamas, J. (April 2012),
    • Presented at the Annual ACAT Trainers and Supervisors Event, (March 2012), London.
    • Primary care mental health workers' views of clinical supervision.The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.  McFadyen, K., Darongkamas, J., Crowther-Green R. & Williams O. (2011). Published online: 12 October 2011, FirstView Article : pp 1-13, DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X11000055.
    • The experience of using Cognitive Analytic Therapy with clients with personality difficulties, national Association for CAT (ACAT) website,  http://www.acat.me.ukDarongkamas, J. (August 2011-2019)
    • 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.Darongkamas, J., Scott, H. & Taylor, E.  (2011).
    • Above presented as poster at Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), British Psychological Society(BPS), Annual Conference (2011) and in national BPS press release.
    • The West Midlands CAT Practitioner Course 2009-2011, Reformulation, 35, 41-44. Darongkamas, J., Griffiths T. & Williams, O. (December 2010).
    •  Reflections on our experience of running a brief 10-week Cognitive Analytic Therapy Group. Reformulation 23, 15-19. John, C. & Darongkamas, J, (Summer 2009).
    • “Going back to our roots”, (2008),The Psychologist, 21,12,1022-25. Darongkamas, J. & Lorenc, L.
    • Above translated into Polish (Charaktery).
    • Book Review. Clinical Psychology, Jan 2007, 169, 35.
    •  “Interdisciplinary work in community mental health, Nursing Times, 98(32),38-39. Brown, B., Crawford,P. & Darongkamas, J., (2002).
    • "Boundaries and blurred roles:  interdisciplinary working in Community Mental Health",Mental Health Care, 4, 8, 270-272. Crawford, P., Brown, B. & Darongkamas, J., (2001).
    • "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. Brown, B., Crawford, P., & Darongkamas, J., (2000).
    • "The Touchstone therapy group for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse", Journal of Mental Health 4, 1, 17-29. Darongkamas, J., Madden, S., Swarbrick, P. & Evans, B., (1995),
    •  "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. Darongkamas, J., Burton, M. & Cushway, D., (1994),
    • 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).

 

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