What is a Clinical Psychologist?

A Clinical Psychologist begins their career having been awarded with a first class honours degree in academic psychology. They then gain practical experience within the NHS as an assistant or associate to a qualified clinical psychologist. Following this, they undertake a further 3 year rigorous post graduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. This doctoral training integrates the scientific theory and research of psychological distress with clinical practice within the NHS. Hence, the profession is defined as an ‘applied science’ or ‘scientist practitioner’ as it applies this knowledge to clinical practice. They specialise in the assessment, formulation and treatment of a wide range of conditions afflicting people throughout the lifespan. Clinical Psychologists study the theoretical underpinnings of the four primary therapy models; psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, humanistic and systemic. Whilst they may prefer or specialise in one or more particular therapeutic models, their broad theoretical knowledge and skills enables them to integrate key components from the different therapy modalities. This is the ‘hallmark’ of clinical psychologists as it ensures a truly individually tailored  approach that is customised to the individuals needs as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

All clinical psychologists receive regular supervision and maintain their continued professional development as part of their HCPC registration and adhere to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct

Clinical Psychologists are regulated by the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and registered details can be found at http://www.hcp-uk.org/check/. The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Directory of Chartered Psychologists can be found at http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ICMHT.


What do I mean by Trauma?

My practice offers therapy for trauma related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD). These conditions emerge as a consequence of  exposure to life threatening events as with PTSD, and or exposure to abuse or neglect as a child as in C-PTSD. Moral Trauma has recently gained more attention as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I also practice therapies for a wider range  of mental health conditions where links have also been made to exposure to past stressful life events. As with  the obvious “big T’ traumas highlighted above, exposure to less overt distressing life events (“little t” traumas) can be treated just as effectively.  Examples of these more  ‘insidious’  adverse life experiences can be bullying, discrimination, neglect, relationship breakdown, chronic ill health, loss and critical parenting. Exposure to these types of adverse events  can make us more vulnerable to developing psychological issues later in life, especially if life throws further difficulties and complications which it invariably does. As adults we can find ourselves frustrated by how we seem to ‘cope poorly’ with challenges in life compared with others. We can often feel that we self sabotage progress or feel ‘stuck’ and ‘held back’  from maximising our full potential.

Will our contacts be confidential?

Everything we discuss will remain confidential and thus would not be shared without your permission. I may take written notes in the session but I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office therefore all personal information is managed in line with the General Data Protection Registration (GDPR).

What are the steps involved in order to start therapy?

  1. A free 20 minute telephone consultation will be arranged in order to obtain general information regarding your reason for seeking psychological therapy.
  2. If you are interested in taking this further, then an initial assessment/consultation will be arranged, either face to face or video link. This could take from 60 -90 minutes and it will result in a written letter outlining the content and outcome of this assessment including recommendations of future treatment packages. This letter could be presented to your GP in order to assist them in appropriate referral for therapy within the NHS.
  3. However, if you decide to proceed with therapy with myself, then a therapy contract will be agreed including cost and other terms and conditions.

How many sessions will I need?

During the initial assessment, discussion about a range of ‘treatment package’ will take place that would be suitable for your individual needs. The packages typically fall into the categories of short term – 6 to 8 sessions, medium term – 8 to 12 sessions and longer term 12 – 20 sessions.  Where a ‘block’ treatment package is agreed, flexibility will be incorporated to allow for cancellations or spacing between sessions.

What is the cost?

The cost of the initial psychological assessment session is £120 -£140. This includes the 90 minute clinical interview combined with assessment and screening measures which is documented in an ‘outcome letter’ with recommendations  regarding a customised treatment plan.  This letter will also include recommendations for self -help resources which will be beneficial to those who choose to proceed independent of professional help at this juncture.

Further therapy sessions cost £90 per session.

I offer a 10% discount to health and social care professionals and emergency services personnel.

What if I require urgent help.

Dr Taylor is unable to offer emergency help during times of crisis. If you require help urgently, please contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice, or go to your local A & E department.

How is therapy delivered?

Therapy can be face to face, video link or telephone or a combination where required.

Dr Taylor does not visit people at their own home.

Where is therapy delivered?

Face to face clinics are held according to the highest Covid safety guidelines at:

  • Torbay Osteopaths, Mary Church, Torquay
  • Brixham Town Hall, Brixham
  • Dartmoor Well-being & Bowen Centre

36, Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0AA