Psychological Therapy in Practice
Psychological Therapy in Practice

Dr Rosie Freedman - CertSocSci, Adv. Hyp. Cert, BSc (Hons), MSc (Dist.), DPsych, CPsychol.

 

 

 Owner of Psychological Therapy in Practice

 

ABOUT ME

 

Primary Qualifications

 

I am an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist and Health Psychologist, and a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS. I studied my BSc (Hons.) in Psychology with The Open University, and my MSc in Health Psychology, and DPsych (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, Bibliotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, 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).

 

Background

 

From 1999-2006 I worked at Dorset County NHS Foundation Trust, 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, it was whilst working there that 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.

 

Since 2006 I have had experience working therapeutically in the charitable sector in paid and voluntary work, and over the last 14 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.

 

From October 2008-2011 I worked as Health Psychologist in Training within an NHS clinical health psychology service as part of my doctorate, 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. 

 

In 2010 I worked as Lecturer and Module Leader at City University where I developed and delivered a well received elective module in health psychology to eighty third year BSc students, studying psychology, sociology, and journalism degree programmes. I devised the syllabus, formulated and delivered two hour lectures once a week, and ran a supervision clinic for students after each lecture. I also wrote and marked essay and exam questions for the module, devised marking crteria, conducted moderation with fellow colleagues, and ran a Moodle page for the course students.   

 

I have also been an Invited Speaker to the MSc in Health Psychology degree course at City University, and delivered a session of Health Psychology to GP's and Psychiatrists at a Psychiatric Hospital.

 

In 2010 I 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. 

 

From January 2011 to April 2012, I worked as a Therapeutic Reading Group Facilitator (Bibliotherapist), managing and facilitating therapeutic groups (a group bibliotherapy model that uses literature in the form of short stories and poetry, and reading aloud) at: Headway East London, for individuals with acquired brain injuries, and at Greenwich Mind, for individuals with mental health problems. 

 

In 2017  I was interviewed on Radio Wandsworth on the subject of depression and how to cope with it (See the 'What's New' section on this website).

 

In 2019  I was a speaker at a GP Hot Topics conference in central London on providing CBT in 10 minute slots for GPs.

 

Since March 2016 until August 2020 I worked as a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist at BMI Goring Hall Hospital, in Goring-by-Sea, near Worthing in West Sussex, where I had practicing privileges. I worked in their Chronic Pain Management Service, seeing  NHS patients on a one-to-one and group basis. I was part of the Chronic Pain Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which includes two Senior Consultant Anaesthetists who specialise in Pain Management, and a senior Physiotherapist. We saw a wide range of patients suffering with chronic pain, (often including a variety of physical and mental health issues). In 2018, I developed and piloted a chronic pain management group programme at the hospital, which I ran on a regular basis for three years. I also saw private patients for a range of mental and physical health issues, and spent a couple of years delivering clinical supervision groups each month for members of clinical staff, of all grades, across various departments in the hospital, including: Outpatients, Theatres, the surgical ward, Chemotherapy, X-Ray, and Pharmacy.

 

Current Roles

 

Since November 2015 Business Owner and Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist. I have been running ''Psychological Therapy in Practice', initially working from a therapy room in central London, opposite Liverpool Street Station, other places included York, and West Sussex. I am now based in Dorset and see clients from all over the country and abroad via remote methods (during the pandemic). Under my practice I have been working in the following roles:

 

Since August 2018 Clinical Health Psychologist for Sussex Medical Chambers in their Tier 3 'Feeling Good Weight Management Service'. This involves conducting psychological assessments of patients in their homes regarding suitabilty for bariatric surgery, writing assessment reports for the team, delivering educational seminars for service users in the community about the psychology of weight management, and delivering training to the team's Dieticians and Health Advisors.

 

Since February 2019 Associate Therapist for Nuffield Health, primarily delivering CBT to their patients in Dorset and West Sussex.

 

Since August 2020 Clinical Health Psychologist/Therapist for CBT Clincs, delivering assessments and CBT treatment to their clients.

 

Voluntary Work

 

From 2006-2007 I worked for a charity called 'Cool Recovery' in Torquay. I delivered psychological support to service users suffering with and in recovery from a variety of mental health problems; I tutored and assessed a City & Guilds course Self-Development Through Learning; and performed administrative and promotional duties for the charity.  

 

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/

 

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.

 

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