Psychologists

All of our Psychologists are highly skilled and trained to Doctorate level, and registered with HCPC.


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Dr Deby Graham

D.COUN.PSY, MSC (FOREN PSYCHOL), PG DIP., BSC (HONS), C.PSYCHOL, Registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist (HCPC)

Clinical Director

I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Alcohol & Drug studies, a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I have a vast amount of experience working with adolescents and adults with offending behaviours in both a secure prison setting and in the community, including risk/needs assessment and case management.  I additionally have training and experience working with individuals experiencing addiction issues, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Furthermore I hold an interest in working with children and adolescents, where I am trained and experienced in play therapy.

I have experience working with adults facing mild to severe mental health issues in both the voluntary sector and NHS setting. I offer individual, couple and family therapy using a variety of theoretical approaches working from a pluralistic and integrative framework, adapted to suit your individual needs. I will work collaboratively with you to help you understand what you want from therapy and how you will be able to achieve this.  Placing a firm importance on the therapeutic relationship, my therapeutic approach holds a humanistic underpinning.  I can also work with you to achieve personal life goals, using a variety of coaching techniques.
 


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Dr Sophia Tolmie

D.COUN.PSY, BSC (HONS), Registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist (HCPC)

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) trained to offer specialised psychological therapy for both moderate and severe psychological distress.

I use an open and friendly approach to help you to feel at ease while offering you a safe, compassionate and confidential space. I will work together with you to create a therapy which is unique to your individual needs – this is achieved using a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques. My main approach is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but I also incorporate a wide range of psychological therapies, including person-centred therapy, compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy and play therapy.

I will work with you to make sense of your distress and experiences – helping you to find the best way to move forward to increase your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing. I encourage regular reviews and feedback from you to ensure you feel happy and safe at each stage in therapy.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy interventions for adults, children and young people – I can also work with couples and families. I have a particular interest in working with anxiety-related issues, and have undergone specialised training to work with trauma-related distress (for example, physical and sexual abuse) and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Further to this, I have extensive experience of working with a diverse range of emotional and psychological issues spanning low self-esteem, depression, relational and attachment issues, anger management, life transitions, self-harm, suicidal ideation, psychosis and working through unresolved issues from childhood.

My previous experience involves working within the NHS, educational settings (including university and primary school therapeutic services) and charity organisations.


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Dr Abbey Davies

D.COUN.PSY, REGISTERED PRACTITIONER COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST (HCPC)

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I hold a pluralistic perspective on practice, and therefore believe that there is not one single, correct approach that works for everybody. I draw on a range on interventions; including person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy and mindfulness based approaches depending on your unique needs.  I will work in collaboration with you to work out what your goals are and how we might begin to address them, making use of regular reviews to ensure that you are getting what you want and need from therapy. Throughout your sessions I will engage with you in a warm and respectful way, ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable.

I am experienced in working with a broad range of presenting issues; including social anxiety, depression, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and health related anxiety. I have worked in NHS services and various organisations within the voluntary sector; including a hospice setting, a charity for survivors of abuse, a children’s mental health service and a charity for bereaved children and young people. I am trained and experienced in offering interventions on a one to one basis and with groups and families, and can also work with couples.


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Dr Maria Georgiou Shippi

Counselling Psychologist

I am an accredited counselling psychologist (HCPC) able to offer specialised and individualised therapy for different levels of psychological difficulties. I work with adults, young people, and couples.

I completed an honours degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Eating Disorders and Nutritional Interventions and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Additionally, I have been trained in the Psychometric Evaluation for Career Counseling and Personnel, and Suicide First Aid. 

For the past few years I have been working with clients to address and lessen psychological distress caused by: chronic pain and physical conditions; work/employment stress; trauma; anxiety; low mood; and relationship difficulties. This is done while simultaneously promoting positive developments and increased quality of life. 

To effectively do this, I use a combination of therapeutic approaches and techniques. My work is based on exploring what creates your difficulties (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy), and use techniques to help you make sense of your needs, experiences and difficulties (Person Centred Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I believe that you hold valuable insight regarding the potential helpfulness of an intervention, and thereby aim to cooperate with you when working together. 

I believe that words are useful in explaining our thinking and inner experiences, and that at times they fail to do so.  As a result, I try being creative in therapy. At times, I use image-work, metaphors and experiential exercises to complement my work. 


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Dr Jade Dollochin

D.COUN.PSY, BA (HONS), Registered Practicioner Counselling Psychologist (HCPC)

I am a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, offering short or long-term interventions to both adults and young people. I base my work on having a warm and empathetic understanding of people's difficulties and provide a supportive and friendly approach to therapy.

I work in a sensitive and confidential manner and I fully respect diversity. I am confident working with individuals from all aspects of life and do this while displaying an empathetic and non-judgmental stance. I believe that the need for sensitivity and person-centred values shows within my therapeutic work.

I have experience in working with individuals with a wide range of presentations and psychological difficulties. My previous experience has been with the NHS and charitable organisations. I am passionate about my role as a counselling psychologist and enjoy the work that I do. I work pluralistically, providing evidence based practice based on the needs and wants of individual clients. I work with individuals to assess their needs and formulate a tailored approach to best meet their goals and expectations.

Within practice, I draw from both humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapies. As a practitioner, I am committed to continued professional development to allow me to provide the best service possible. I have completed further training in both Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness, which I found extremely valuable and which I utilise within client work.


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Dr Nadia Kheirabi

D.COUN.PSY, Counselling Psychologist

I hold a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, and extensive experience of providing psychological therapy in the NHS, schools, universities, and charitable organisations. I work with children, adolescents, adults and older adults, all from diverse walks of life. I have supported people with depression, anxiety, addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and many other issues. However, you don’t need a diagnosis to come to therapy; it can help people to cope with life challenges and difficult transitions, such as relationship difficulties and separations, bereavement, problems at work, bullying, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, and many other difficulties. Therapy provides a space to step back and look at what’s happening in your life, gain a new perspective, and learn healthy ways to cope and respond to challenges.

In therapy, one size doesn’t fit all, so I always begin by getting to know each client and learning about their individual goals. I will work alongside you to plan a therapy that meets your needs. I draw on various therapeutic models, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy (PCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). I am constantly developing my professional knowledge by learning new methods, ideas and approaches that can benefit my clients.

Attending therapy can be daunting, but you will be met with warmth, understanding and professionalism, and a commitment to help you to move forward to a healthier and happier phase of your life.