About Me

 

I am a consultant psychologist who has been practicing in both the nhs and independently since qualifying in 2003. I originally trained in Southampton but moved up to the north in 2007 and have been here ever since.  I have quite a range of different experiences in my career, from working with people using self help to manage eating disorders right through to working with people who have got into trouble with the law because of their mental health problems, so I am used to working with a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of difficulties.

 

My particular area of specialty is working with adults with personality issues, including borderline personality disorder / emotionally unstable personality disorder and I'm a qualified dbt practitioner who took part in seeing up one of the early personality disorder teams back in 2005. However,  I also have a lot of experience of working with people with trauma and anxiety / depression and realise just how disabling these issues can be to people’s lives.

 

My Ethos

 

I work from a strongly cognitive perspective which means that I believe that people’s thoughts and beliefs tend to be at the root of the difficulties that they are having.  However,  I believe really strongly that it is important to match the therapy approach to both the needs of the individual and also the way they work – some people think best very logically whereas others work better by expressing themselves more creatively.  My approach is to work with the person to come up with a shared understanding of what is going on for them,  how it developed and what needs to be changed to make life better.  Once we have that shared understanding , we can look at the various styles of therapy available to see what fits for the individual and what will most effectively get us to where we want to be.

 

I believe really strongly that for therapy to be effective,  the person needs to be fully part of the process. What that means in reality is that the individual needs to feel safe,  comfortable,  to know exactly what the plan is and why we are doing what we are doing.  Although it can initially feel quite nice to hand over responsibility for all your horrible experiences to a therapist, it won't help you to be able to cope when they are not around.  If you are going to be able to not only feel  better but stay that way for the long run,  you need to be able to understand why you are struggling,  why it’s been hard to fix that and know how to manage things differently now and in the future. Therefore I encourage people to let me know if they feel unhappy about anything,  if something isn't working for them or if they don't get why a particular approach has been taken – if you don't feel clear, safe and relaxed, you won't buy into the approach and it simply won't work.

 

My Experience

I am registered with the British psychological society as a chartered clinical psychologist which means I hold a doctorate in clinical psychology and an undergraduate degree in psychology.

 

I am also trained in dialectical behaviour therapy,  completing the full course run by the original developers of the therapy back in 2005 and have been working in this area ever since.

 

I have completed a number of courses and post qualification training courses in cognitive therapy,  particularly in schema therapy and in the approaches of Christine Padesky.

 

I hold up to date registration with the health professionals council,  details of which are available upon request.

About Me

I am a consultant psychologist who has been practicing in both the NHS and independently since qualifying in 2003. I originally trained in Southampton but moved up to the north in 2007 and have been here ever since.  I have quite a range of different experiences in my career, from working with people to manage their eating disorders right through to working with people who have got into trouble with the law because of their mental health problems. This means I am used to working with a wide range of people from different of backgrounds and with all sorts of difficulties.

 

My particular area of specialty is working with adults with personality issues, including borderline personality disorder / emotionally unstable personality disorder and I've been a qualified DBT practitioner since 2005. However,  I also have a lot of experience of working with people with trauma, anxiety, depression, as well as individuals who don't have a clear diagnosis but are struggling with specific issues in their life.

What my clients say about me

Anonymous review after 6 sessions

                 5/5                                             5/5                                                 5/5

         Easy to talk to                            Helpfulness                                Value for money

"My experience so far has been extremely positive and hopefully life changing. There are very few DBT therapists and I feel fortunate to have found such an excellent one. Lindsay's approach is professional yet person centred. Her expertise and knowledge are exceptional and I really feel as if she is making a difference. I was very nervous making my first appointment but Lindsay was more than willing to discuss my needs and expectations and I feel as if we are now working together on a way forward. Lindsay is an excellent listener and a highly effective communicator. I always come away from sessions with a clear understanding of what we have done and what I now need to do. If you are seeking help with BPD or DBT amongst other things, I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Lindsay."

 

Rating of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):             5/5

Chris, 52 from Newcastle, gave a review after 8 sessions

                5/5                                             5/5                                                 5/5

         Easy to talk to                            Helpfulness                                Value for money

"Amazingly good at listening and understanding. She gently lifted the veil from my eyes so that I too could appreciate that to which I had been previously blind."

 

Rating of Psychology for Alcohol Dependence: 5/5

My ethos

I work from a cognitive perspective which means that I believe that people’s thoughts and beliefs tend to be at the root of the difficulties that they are having.  However,  I believe really strongly that it is important to match the therapy approach to the needs of the individual and the way they work and think – some people prefer a very logical approach whereas others work better by expressing themselves more creatively.  My approach is to work with the person to come up with a shared understanding of what is going on for them,  how it developed and what needs to be changed to make life better.  Once we have that shared understanding , we can look at the various styles of therapy available to see what fits for the individual and what will most effectively get us to where we want to be.

 

I absolutely believe that for therapy to be effective,  the person needs to be fully part of the process. What that means in reality is that the individual needs to feel safe,  comfortable,  to know exactly what the plan is and to know why we are doing what we are doing.  Although it can initially feel quite nice to hand over responsibility for all your horrible experiences to a therapist, it won't help you to be able to cope when they are not around.  If you are going to be able to not only feel  better but stay that way in the long run,  you need to be able to understand why you are struggling,  why it’s been hard to fix that and know how to manage things differently now and in the future.  I therefore encourage people to let me know if they feel uncertain about anything that's happening within the therapeutic relationship, if they feel that something isn't working for them or if they don't get why a particular approach has been taken. I believe that if you don't feel clear, safe and relaxed, you won't buy into the approach and it simply won't work.

My qualifications

I am registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist which means I hold a doctorate in clinical psychology and an undergraduate degree in psychology.

 

I am also trained in dialectical behaviour therapy,  completing the full course run by the original developers of the therapy back in 2005 and have been working in this area ever since.

 

I have completed a number of courses and post qualification training courses in cognitive therapy,  particularly in schema therapy and in the approaches of Christine Padesky.

 

I hold up to date registration with the Health Professionals Council,  details of which are available upon request.