I provide both short-term and longer-term therapy. I can work with whatever difficulty you bring.
Common difficulties I assist with include: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem, grief, relationship difficulties, stress, OCD, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Many individuals also seek support for emotional difficulties arising from life transitions, being a victim of crime or abuse, difficulties at work, parenting dilemmas and difficulties arising from health problems or being involved in an accident. I have experience working across the lifespan- with children, adolescents and adults, with a range of difficulties including acquired brain injury.
I am a trauma specialist with extensive experience helping individuals who have been involved in road traffic accidents, have been assaulted and/or have had difficult hospital stays due to complex injuries.
I also have experience helping children and adolescents after difficult and/or traumatic life events. Very often children’s anxieties, phobias and/or other emotional difficulties start after a particular event. EMDR can therefore be a very effective and fast way of improving a child’s wellbeing.
I have a special interest and extra training in pregnancy, fertility and postpartum issues, including helping bereaved parents. I have personal experience of loss too so please assured that I do understand.
Types of therapy
Some people know exactly what type of therapy they want, others want to be advised, either way is fine! I am trained in a number of psychological approaches and I utilise one or draw from an integration of these approaches depending on what would be most beneficial to you. When deciding on which approach(es) to use, I consider the current evidence base (i.e. the National Institute’s Centre of Excellence or NICE guidelines), as well as your preferences and the information gathered about you during assessment.
The range of psychological approaches I use include:
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) for children, adolescents and adults
– Acceptance and commitment therapy
– Compassionate minds therapy
– Mindfulness based interventions.
– Systemic/ family therapy
– Narrative therapy
– Cognitive-analytic therapy
– Schema therapy
– Dialectical behaviour therapy
Qualifications and accreditation
I have completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Please see www.clinicalpsychology.org.uk for further information about the profession of Clinical Psychology, for example details concerning our training, how it differs from psychiatry and mainstream counselling etc. I am of course very happy for you to contact me with any questions too.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for UK psychologists. As a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS, I am committed to high professional standards, ongoing professional development and fulfilling the requirements of the professional body. I am a General member of the BPS, I am listed in the BPS Directory of Chartered Psychologists and I belong to the Division of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. My registration number is: 181374. BPS website- http://www.bps.org.uk
I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who register and regulate Health Professionals. So I adhere to their standards of proficiency, conduct, performance and ethics. My registration number is: PYL27266. HCPC website www.hcpc-uk.org
Furthermore, I have completed the full EMDR training (adult and child) and I am an accredited member of the EMDR association. http://www.emdrassociation.org.uk/home/index.htm
I welcome self-referrals, along with referrals from GPs, insurance companies, clinics, Hospital Consultants and other Health Professionals. A professional, competent, private and confidential service is assured.
Dr Kara Davey, BSc (Hons), MSc, D.Clin Psy, CPsychol
Senior Clinical Psychologist