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 during my 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/
Since March 2016, I have worked as a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist at BMI Goring Hall Hospital, in Goring-by-Sea, near Worthing in West Sussex, where I have practicing privileges. I work in their Chronic Pain Management Service, seeing NHS patients on a one-to-one and group basis. I am 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 see a wide range of patients suffering with chronic pain, (often including a variety of physical and mental health issues). Last year, I developed and piloted a chronic pain management group programme at the hospital, which I now run on a regular basis. I also see private patients for a range of mental and physical health issues, and deliver 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.
Since August 2018, I have also worked as a 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.
I also have a business base in Dorset since early in 2019, with a delightful therapy room opposite Dorchester County Hospital.
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