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Dr Payal Amin
I am a Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years ‘experience working with a range of mental health difficulties and struggles and hold a Senior Psychologist position in the NHS alongside my independent practice. I work with adults and young adults (aged 16 or over). My core values in practice are to work creatively, compassionately and collaboratively, within a reflective and evidence-based framework
I believe that every one of us will experience some kind of distress at one point or another in our lives. Life can present us with a number of challenges, and our responses to these will vary according to our history, own personal belief systems, coping strategies and support systems at the time. Sometimes we can manage this alone, or with the support of friends and family, but at other times things can feel too confusing, or overwhelming.
Psychological therapy can offer a supportive and specialist way to explore these kinds of difficulties, alleviating confusion and distress, and exploring ways to make a change and improve your mood and quality of life.
I aim to create a therapy space based upon trust, safety and collaboration, to find a way together to help you through the challenges you are currently struggling with. I have worked with a variety of difficulties, ranging from mild-moderate struggles, to those with more complex and severe mental health difficulties. My experience has included working within GP surgeries, in CMHTs, within a specialist OCD clinic and within Early Intervention in Psychosis. I have experience of working with adolescents, adults, families, individuals and running groups. I also have experience of providing clinical supervision to other qualified psychologists and mental health practitioners and to trainee clinical and counselling psychologists. My main model of practice is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, however, am trained in a range of therapy models and would aim to match my way approach to your needs.
Having recently had my own children and faced struggles as part of this journey, I have a keen interest in pre and post-natal mental health difficulties. I also have a keen interest in the impact our early life experiences have on our development as individuals and how this affects how we think and feel in the here and now. I have a specialised interest in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and have historically written group protocols for the psychological treatment for OCD, which continue to be delivered within local mental health services.
As well as offering therapy, I am also available for clinical supervision. Please contact me directly to discuss available therapy and supervision slots.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Psychology obtained in 2002 from University of Portsmouth - Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- MSc Counselling Psychology obtained in 2005 from London Metropolitan University - Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the UK's Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology obtained in 2007 from London Metropolitan University - Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the UK's Health and Care Professions Council)
As a Counselling Psychologist, it is essential to remain up-to-date on current research and best-practice and I have regularly maintained enhancing my skills and knowledge through reading, research and additional training. In addition to my core training, I have also attending training on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness Based Interventions, and training specific to working with people with psychosis and those with trauma and PTSD.
I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), including full membership with the Division of Counselling Psychology – membership number 148873
I am a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registration number PYL01895
Private Insurance: I am approved by and registered with all of the major private health insurance companies including:
- AXA PPP
- Vitality Health / Pruhealth
- Simply Health
Areas of counselling I work with
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and Loss
- Bipolar Disorder
- Birth and Bonding
- Bullying (adults)
- Divorce and Separation
- Emotional abuse
- Low Self-Esteem
- Parenting Support
- Personality Disorders
- Physical abuse
- PTSD and Trauma
- Sexual abuse and rape
- Sexual Identity and Gender Dysphoria
- Shame and Guilt
- Stress management
- Teenager and young adult support
- Please contact me directly to discuss my fees.