Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologists are highly skilled practitioners who have trained to doctoral level for at least three years. Their training covers a range of therapeutic approaches, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Systemic Therapy. In the first instance they are trained to listen to people in a genuine, empathic and non-judgemental way.

The range of psychological therapies available to people can often feel confusing for people who are thinking about seeking help. The broad nature of Clinical Psychology training gives Clinical Psychologists unique skills in gauging which psychological therapy is likely to be helpful to people. There is an emphasis with the training of Clinical Psychologists on providing evidence based therapies and those that have been endorsed by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

Steph Fryer is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist, who has over 20 year of experience of working in the NHS with adults. She is also a qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and DIT therapist. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a therapy that helps people to think about how they relate to themselves and others. How we do this may stem from past experiences; for example if we had a parent who had high expectations of us or were critical of us, we might tend to see ourselves as not quite good enough; we might also have a tendency to see others as being critical of us or somehow seem to get drawn to people who are.

By gaining understanding into some of these patterns, we can think about how we respond to these ways of experiencing self and others and think about whether this is helpful to us. Often problems such as low self-esteem, depression or anxiety link to these patterns, sometimes in a way that we are not aware of. Gaining understanding allows us to think about whether we want to make changes: therapy involves thinking about how to make those changes. Psychodynamic psychotherapy can be brief or longer term.

Psychological therapies including psychodynamic psychotherapy can be helpful to people with a wide range of difficulties e.g., low self-esteem, stress, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, eating disorders. There is extensive evidence to support the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy. There is also evidence that gains are maintained and increase after the end of therapy.

Steph Fryer
HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
BPC accredited DIT Therapist (DIT is one of the IAPT commissioned treatment for depression)

Fees: £60 per 50 minute session (Concessions available).

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