Dr Rosie Freedman - CertSocSci, Adv. Hyp. Cert, BSc (Hons), MSc (Dist.), DPsych, CPsychol.
Owner of Psychological Therapy in Practice
I am an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist and Health Psychologist, and a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS. I studied my MSc and Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at City University, London. I conducted my doctoral thesis research on the Medical and Surgical Critical Care Units at Kings College Hospital in London, where I developed a useful resource in the form of an information booklet delivered by the nursing staff to patients’ relatives, to help them cope with the trauma of having a loved one admitted to intensive care. I hold Certificates in: Social Sciences, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling Skills, Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH), an Advanced Certificate in CBH, and have attended additional short courses in using CBH to treat Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and to aid in Smoking Cessation. I am in the process of completing a BPS Approved Diploma in CBH and a Diploma in Stress Management and Resilience Building (SMRB), from the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy. I also hold a BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision, and have completed a number of other BPS Approved training courses, such as CBT for Couples, and Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD).
I first became interested in psychology in my mid to late teenage years, but it was after some years of community care work and being an actress and marketing manager for a semi-professional theatre company, before I pursued my training in the discipline. Through my work in the NHS in areas of nursing, laboratory work, phlebotomy, and a role where I provided clinical support to doctors on hospital wards, including Accident & Emergency, by providing daily phlebotomy, cannulation, ECG's, and assisting with various medical procedures; I realised that I had a keen interest in medicine as well as psychology. I heard about the speciality of health psychology while studying for my BSc in Psychology, and felt this was an ideal avenue to follow, as it encompassed medical/long-term health conditions and a psychological approach to helping people who were experiencing them.
I spent two years working within an NHS clinical health psychology service as part of my doctoral training, where I was primarily based in a cancer psychological therapies service, but also worked in other clinical settings including adult mental health. Whilst on my placement, I worked clinically with outpatients, and provided clinical audit, service development, research, and consultancy expertise. I have lectured on health psychology at City University to BSc and MSc students, and provided postgraduate training in health psychology to GP’s and psychiatrists. In addition, I have worked as a research psychologist providing private consultancy work to an NHS Trust. In this role I conducted an extensive audit of a mental health liaison team and highlighted the importance of psychological input to psychiatric liaison services, prompting hospital policy development in this area.
Since 2006, I have also had experience working therapeutically in the charitable sector in paid and voluntary work, and over the last 10 years have helped service users with a range of mental and physical health issues, such as: depression, anxiety, paranoid schizophrenia, bi-polar, recovery from drug addiction, and acquired brain injury.
Current Voluntary Work
Since 2012, I have been a voluntary Committee Member, Team Psychologist and Consultant for the Social Enterprise Seamless Social Support Services, which offers a range of services through projects such as: Insight, Good Companions Accompanied Travel Service, and Chill & C.H.A.T. (Caring Holistic Advanced Therapy). Seamless provides assessment, referral, counselling, mentoring and carer support, to people across the UK and overseas, and works with individuals, groups, businesses, the public sector, and community services.
Psychological Therapy in Practice is affiliated with Seamless, which can be accessed via the following link: http://www.seamlesssupport.org/
I work as Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist at BMI Goring Hall Hospital, in Goring-by-Sea near Worthing in West Sussex, in the Chronic Pain Management Service, where I see NHS patients, and I see private patients too for a range of mental and physical health issues. I am part of the Chronic Pain Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which inlcudes two medical Consultants who specialise in Pain Management and Anaesthesia, and a senior Physiotherapist. I see a wide range of patients suffering with chronic pain, often including a variety of mental and physical health issues. I have practicing privileges at the hospital, so work as an independent practitioner under Psychological Therapy in Practice. I also run clinical supervision groups each month for nursing staff at the hospital. I currently work at the hospital Tuesday to Friday every two weeks.
Clinical Skills and Approaches
I have had clinical training and practice in a number of different therapeutic models and techniques, such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), Counselling, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH), Mindfulness, Bibliotherapy (reading therapy), Problem Solving Therapy, Stress Innoculation Therapy, Assertiveness Training, and Relaxation Training. I work therapeutically with individuals, couples, and groups, and provide individual and group clinical supervision. I also work with trauma and PTSD - providing assessment and treatment.
All of my work with you will be tailored to you and your needs. To do this I may use an integrative approach to treat you, which means using more than one therapeutic approach. I feel passionately about building a good, positive working alliance between therapist and client as this is essential in helping clients to feel comfortable, listened to, and to help them more effectively overcome their problems.
You can also find me on the Counselling Directory under Psychological Therapy in Practice, at: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/dr-rosie-freedman-psychological-therapy-in-prac and on The BMI website for Goring Hall Hospital, at: https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/consultants/rosie-freedman