Psychological Therapy and Clinical Psychology

What is Psychological Therapy and Clinical Psychology?

Psychological therapy is sometimes referred to as ‘talking therapy’. It involves providing a safe and confidential space to explore your difficulties, working collaboratively with a trained therapist. The aim is to help you better understand your feelings, moods, thoughts and behaviours in the context of your past experiences. A Clinical Psychologist is legally registered professional trained by the NHS to Doctoral level. They are trained to use psychological methods and research to offer specialist assessment and treatment to reduce emotional distress and improve psychological well-being. They work with a variety of different mental or physical health problems using evidence-based treatments.

What to expect.

The first step is to meet for an initial consultation, to talk in detail about the difficulties you are having and your hopes and expectations for treatment. This would usually last for 1 hour. Sometimes an assessment of therapy needs takes more than one session. After this you would agree a treatment plan together. Treatment sessions also last for 1 hour and typically occur on a weekly basis. You will be encouraged to identify specific therapy goals at the outset that can be reviewed to monitor progress. The aim is for you and the practitioner to explore and understand your problem together, develop helpful insights and gain self-management skills. your clinician will ask questions, share psychological ideas and knowledge with you and encourage your feedback throughout. Your clinician may introduce skills and exercises for you to practice on your own at home. Their work is tailored to meet the individual needs of the people that they see, meaning that they work across different therapeutic models as and when required.

Why see a Clinical Psychologist Privately?

The services of Clinical Psychologists are offered by many NHS Trusts, although there is often a shortage of resources in relation to demand. If you are considering psychological treatment you should contact your GP in the first instance. He/she should be able to let you know what services are available locally, and how long any waiting lists may be. Referral to a private clinical psychologist may be desired in some instances, as the psychologist may be able to offer more sessions than might available with the NHS, to see you sooner or to offer different or more flexible treatments.

If you would like to book an appointment please contact Dr Liz Rigby


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Dr Liz Rigby
Clinical Psychologist

Liz has more than 18 years’ experience working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and for 8 years in private practice. She completed her Doctorate training at Leicester University, qualifying in 1999. Post-qualification she worked in adult community mental health services for 10 years. Since 2012 Liz has worked in an NHS Clinical Health Psychology service offering specialist psychological therapy to people suffering chronic pain. Liz is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and has full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Liz has extensive experience of adult mental health problems, providing specialist assessment and therapy to people with a wide range of difficulties. Liz also has expertise in clinical health psychology and self-management of long-term health conditions, particularly chronic pain, stress-related illness and medically unexplained symptoms. Liz has a special interest in supporting clients who have experienced trauma during childhood or as adults and has ..... Read More