Clinical Psychologist / Psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Michelle. I'm an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years' NHS experience. I offer individual psychotherapy and parent consultations from my centrally located Pangbourne practice.
Individual Psychotherapy: I offer long- or short-term psychotherapy to individuals experiencing mood or relationship difficulties.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- uncontrollable sadness
- fear, worry, panic
- self-consciousness, low self-esteem
- trouble sleeping
- eating difficulties, sexual dysfunction
- family discord
- social isolation
- the inability to engage in meaningful activity
- a struggle to find pleasure in life or
- the inability to start and develop friendships or other intimate relationships.
Some prospective clients might be experiencing clinical disorders such as anxiety and depression; others might not feel their emotional experiences meet these criteria or can be described in such terms.
I work with students/young adults (18-25-year-olds) and adults and elders up to retirement age.
Psychotherapy offers a space in which to think with a professional about yourself and your experiences. The aim is to improve your self-understanding and to find new ways of expressing yourself and your emotions when your existing means of doing so might cause unhappiness or negatively affect your relationships. If this is possible, day-to-day symptoms can improve.
Parent Consultations: I offer four-session (or more, if required) consultations to parents of young adults (18-25-year-old) who might be struggling to understand and support their older adolescent/ young adult child.
This is a complicated phase of one's life and development and can be a difficult time for parents and families. This is particularly the case now when young people often remain in the family home for longer.
They may also struggle to gain a coherent sense of themselves and their identity, settle into satisfying vocations, or feel able to form healthy intimate relationships.
I work in both the NHS and private practice as an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist. This means that my work is approved and monitored by the Health and Care Professionals Council.
I've worked in the NHS for over 10 years, across a variety of settings. My primary experience is in services offering psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families experiencing emotional and relational difficulties related to anxiety, depression, personality disorder, chronic grief, early/childhood trauma, and eating disorder, amongst others.
I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London. This means that I've been trained to deliver a range of psychological therapies to a high standard, to contribute to the training of other mental health professionals, and to develop mental health services.
I've also completed a further Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training from the Tavistock Centre.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to understand one's inner world and emotional experience at a deep level and aims to bring about lasting change in personality and perception.
The intercultural element of this training means that I've spent time considering how issues of race, class, culture, gender, and sexuality affect us and can be understood in my work with clients.
I offer face-to-face psychotherapy assessment and therapy sessions from my practice in Pangbourne. I also offer online and telephone sessions.
My typical availability is Monday - Friday between 8am and 5pm.
But please do enquire about my current availability. I can be flexible according to your needs.
Initial meetings are an hour and 15 minutes and cost £100.
Thereafter, 50 minute therapy sessions range from £80 - £100 depending on your circumstances and the type and duration of therapy agreed.
Please contact me here for more information or to arrange a call
As a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist I adhere to the HCPC code of professional standards and ethics. HCPC does not permit the publishing of client testimonials. (Testimonials are required, by law, to be verifiable and traceable, which compromises client confidentiality).