Dr Nicola Gawn CPsycol AFBPsS

HCPC REGISTERED AND CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

[email protected]

07517 273515

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Dr Nicola Gawn CPsychol AFBPsS, HCPC Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist

I am a clinical psychologist based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I am available for assessments, therapy, supervision and consultation.

I am skilled in assessment, counselling, coaching and a wide range of approaches to psychological therapy (including CBT). I have experience working with people who would like to develop personally, or enhance their well-being (for example resolving difficulties with stress, sleep or relationships); right the way through to complex and distressing mental health difficulties, physical health problems, and cognitive problems.

Whatever you would like help with, I am happy to discuss your needs and help you to think about what would be useful.

I have experience consulting to professionals, teams and services. I am able to offer one-off consultation, mentoring, supervision, training, reflective practice groups, away days and more. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

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What is Psychology?

What is clinical psychology?

Clinical psychology is the application of academic and research psychology (the study of how we think, feel, behave and relate to others) to clinical situations. Clinical Psychologists are evidence-based health professionals, who are trained in research, therapy, supervision, teaching and consultation. Our unique training in interpreting the evidence base and working with multiple therapies allows us to work with a wide range of people.

how do clinical psychologists train?

All Clinical Psychologists must hold an undergraduate degree in psychology, a minimum of 2 years relevant postgraduate experience, and a clinical doctorate in psychology. Training includes independent research, and clinical training working in a range of therapeutic approaches across the lifespan and with a wide variety of difficulties.

Are psychologists regulated?

Practitioner Psychologists in the UK are legally required to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), who hold a register of psychologists at www.hpc-uk.org. Professionals regulated by the HCPC must meet standards for training, conduct and skills; you can also contact the HCPC if you have any serious unresolved complaints about a health professional. Please check the HCPC register before starting work with any Psychologist.

who do clinical psychologists work with?

Clinical Psychologists are trained to work with all age groups; with people with common difficulties such as bereavement and poor sleep, mental health problems, learning disability and other cognitive problems (including dementia), and physical health problems (such as pain and unexplained medical symptoms). Most Clinical Psychologists will choose to specialise following training.

what are some of the reasons people seek therapy?

People decide to enter therapy for very different reasons – there is no right answer! Therapy can be a helpful way to work on something that is bothering you; it may be a way to develop some are you would like to enhance further in your life; or you may have received a recommendation, for example by a medic who is aware of the potential benefit.

Some of the common difficulties people see me for are:

  • Low mood and depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety, phobias and panic
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Psychosis (e.g. seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, believing things that others don’t believe to be true)
  • Difficulties relating to or with other people (sometimes referred to as personality disorder)
  • Difficulties regulating ones own emotions (sometimes referred to as borderline or emotionally unstable personality disorder)
  • Physical health problems with no medically recognised explanation or cure, e.g.:
    • Non-epileptic seizure
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

People also chose to work with me to:

  • Develop strategies to identify and reach their goals
  • Develop strategies to feel happier, more content, and more connected in their day-to-day life
  • Develop relaxation, mindfulness or stress-management skills to cope with a hectic lifestyle

what can i expect in an initial consultation?

I initially meet with people for a 50 minute consultation session. The purpose of this consultation is to develop a joint understanding of the difficulties you are experiencing, as well as your aims, expectations and preferences for the work. Based on this, I am able to think carefully and honestly about whether I am able to help you, and if so, to develop a plan for the therapy. If I do not feel I am in a position to help, I will always try to recommend a professional who I feel would be more suited.

To enable this I will ask a lot of questions. These may include:

  • Asking about the difficulties you are experiencing, how they are affecting you, and how you have been coping with them
  • Learning more about who you are, and what may have gone on in your life
  • Learning about events and circumstances in your past and present which may have left you more vulnerable to the difficulty you are experiencing (or which may have helped you develop useful strengths)
  • Asking about what is going well in your life, about your values, aims and goals

Most people prefer to attend the consultation by themselves, but you are very welcome to bring someone with you for support if you would like.

what can i expect in psychological therapy?

Psychologists use a process called formulation. This involves using the information from the assessment, along with knowledge from the theory and research of psychology, to build a hypothesis of how the difficulties you are experiencing developed, and how they are maintained. We aim to work together with you to share and develop the formulation. Many psychological therapies aim to help you develop strategies and skills to help you to overcome the difficulties you are experiencing. You may be asked to complete tasks in between sessions, to give you an opportunity to try out new ways of doing things and to work towards the goals you have set.

what kinds of therapy do psychologists offer?

Psychologists use the evidence base and their research knowledge to select the therapeutic approach which they consider will be most helpful. Some of the psychological therapies which I have experience with, and regularly use or am influenced by include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT)
  • Systemic Therapy

I often use an integrative approach – that is, combining my therapeutic skills in an individually tailored way to suit the individual and the formulation we have reached together.

What is the Difference between Psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists?

Services

As a Clinical Psychologist, I work with people with the aim of reducing distress, and increasing and promoting well-being. To do this, I draw from a range of psychological theories and models, and a number of evidence-based therapies.

I work collaboratively with clients to develop a shared understanding; and I believe that a trusting relationship is central to everything we do together. My style can be characterised as patient, empathic, accepting and non-judgemental.

I have experience with a number of therapeutic approaches. Some of those which I regularly use or am influenced by include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT)
  • Systemic Therapy

I often use an integrative approach – that is, combining my therapeutic skills in an individually tailored way to suit the individual and the formulation we have reached together.

I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties, including:

  • Low mood and depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety, phobias and panic
  • Anger
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Psychosis (e.g. seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, believing things that others don’t believe to be true; you may have been given diagnoses such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder or Bipolar Disorder)
  • Difficulties relating to or with other people (sometimes referred to as Personality Disorder)
  • Difficulties regulating ones own emotions (sometimes referred to as Borderline or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder)
  • Physical health problems with no medically recognised explanation or cure, e.g.:
    • Non-epileptic seizure
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pain
  • Alcohol or substance misuse/addiction

People also chose to work with me to:

  • Develop strategies to identify and reach their goals
  • Develop strategies to feel happier, more content, and more connected in their day-to-day life
  • Develop relaxation, mindfulness or stress-management skills to cope with a hectic lifestyle

Contact me today to discuss your requirements, and to make an appointment for an initial consultation.

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I have experience offering supervision and mentoring to Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Family Workers, and Trainee Psychologists. I also have experience offering supervising and mentoring to other professional groups. I am available for ongoing supervision, one-off consultation, or mentoring on particular areas of interest.

I am on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register for Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

I offer a range of individual and team consultation and training options which can be tailored depending on your needs. Examples of my work include:

  • Team away days
  • Team reflective practice groups
  • Multi-disciplinary case discussion sessions
  • Consultation regarding specific individuals
  • Consultation regarding an ongoing concern (e.g. a recurring risk issue or an upcoming service change)
  • Implementation of recovery-based principles
  • Managing team conflicts
  • Development of team values and vision

I can provide customised training sessions depending on your needs. Some recent examples of training I have provided include:

2015 – CBT for Psychosis (Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis Studies)

2015 – Recovery Pathway (BPS Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty, Rehabilitation & Recovery Network)

2014 – Family Consultation (BPS Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty, Family and Carers Network)

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Referrals

I accept self-referrals, referrals from professionals, and referrals from third-party organisations (e.g. solicitors, employers and insurance companies). If you are unsure about any aspect of referral, please do not hesitate do get in touch. I will do my utmost to be flexible and ensure that the process is as smooth and quick as possible.

Please note that from time to time I may recommend a medical appointment (e.g. with your GP or a particular specialist) to rule out any potential underlying physical complications, to ensure that the work we are undertaking is appropriate, necessary and ethical; and to avoid medical problems being missed.

SELF-REFERRAL

Please contact me directly to discuss your needs. You may wish to speak with your General Practitioner (GP) in the first instance about any difficulties you are experiencing. They are generally able to refer within the NHS for up to six sessions of talking therapy for people with mild-moderate difficulties; whilst those with more serious difficulties may receive input from their local secondary care mental health services. Waiting times however can be highly variable.

Please be aware that clients who refer themselves to me directly are generally unable to access third-party funding.

PROFESSIONAL REFERRAL

I accept referrals from all professional groups (including GPs, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Neurologists and Complimentary Therapists). You may wish to speak with your professional if you feel that a referral to a Clinical Psychologist would be beneficial.

If you are a professional of any background who would appreciate guidance, please contact me to discuss. I am always keen to develop my professional network, as I believe it is in the interests of my clients if I have a range of expert referral routes available.

THIRD-PARTY REFERRAL

I happy to work with all organisations (including health insurance companies, solicitors and employers) who are able to meet my terms and conditions, and my standard fees. Please be aware that most health insurers require a specific referral from either a GP or Psychiatrist. Please check with your organisation for further details.

If you are a health insurer, a solicitor, an EAP (employee assistance programme), a private employer, or another organisation who would like to add me to their database or rota of available Psychologists, then please contact me directly.

About Nicola

Dr Nicola Gawn CPsychol AFBPsS

HCPC Registered & Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

[email protected]

www.nicolathepsychologist.com

07517 273515

I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people with a broad range of mental health difficulties, physical health problems, and neuro-psychological presentations; I also work with people who wish to manage issues of general well-being or consider personal development. Whatever my role, I am patient, collaborative and empathic in my style.

 

I am integrative, drawing from a range of evidence-based models including cognitive, behavioural, systemic, psychodynamic and positive approaches to tailor an approach to suit the circumstances. I undertake therapy with individuals, couples, families and groups; and specialist assessments (on request).

I believe in equality, and I treat everybody with respect and dignity.

I am currently accepting private referrals.

Areas of special interest

  • Wellbeing (including managing difficulties with stress and sleep)
  • Personal development
  • All aspects of mental health
  • Physical health (including medically unexplained physical symptoms)
  • Supervision and consultation
  • Team development

 

Education and Training

Academic

2010 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Canterbury Christchurch University)

2002 – BSc Psychology & Counselling (Single Hons) 2:1 (Surrey, Roehampton)

 

Post-Qualification

2014 – Mentalization Based Therapy for Families (MBT-F) (Anna Freud Centre)

2013 – Positive Psychotherapy (WELLFOCUS, Institute of Psychiatry)

2012 – Coaching 3-day training (SLaM)

2012 – Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) (Meridan)

2011 – CBT for Psychosis (Institute of Psychiatry; Summer School)

2011 – Clinical Psychology Supervisor Training + Advanced Supervisor Training (Salomons, Canterbury Christchurch University)

 

Regularly updated training

In broad areas inc.: CBT update training (IoP), Basic Life Support, Mental Health Act Legislation, Smoking Cessation Support, Equality and Diversity etc.

Employment History

May 2015 – Present             Independent Practice, Tunbridge Wells

 

Sept 2014 – Present             Co-Chair Rehabilitation and Recovery Network, Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty, The British Psychological Society

 

Feb 2012 – Present              Senior Clinical Psychologist

Croydon Inpatient Mental Health Rehabilitation, Complex Care Pathway, SLaM NHS Foundation Trust

 

Nov 2013 – May 2014          Senior Clinical Psychologist

Croydon Community Forensic Services, SLaM NHS Foundation Trust

 

Jan 2013 – Aug 2013           Senior Clinical Psychologist

Croydon Psychological Therapy Services, SLaM NHS Foundation Trust

 

Jan 2012 – Aug 2012           Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Bexley Crisis and Home Treatment Team, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

 

Oct 2011 – Jan 2012            Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Older Adult Services, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

 

March 2010 – Sept 2011     Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Bexley Community Mental Health Team, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

 

Oct 2005 – Oct 2009 Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University

Including independent research exploring patients’ experiences of the referral process to psychology for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Aug 2004 – Oct 2005           Assistant Psychologist

Primary Care Mental Health, Norfolk and Waveney NHS Foundation Trust

 

Oct 2003 – Aug 2004           Assistant Psychologist

Services for Children with Disabilities, North Staffs Combined Health NHS Trust

Gawn, N (2014). Westways Behavioural Family Consultation Service: A pilot project on a rehabilitation unit. Meriden Newslettter, 2014.

Gawn, N. & Hutton, J. (2008). Patients’ experiences of the referral process for psychological intervention for irritable bowel syndrome. BABCP National Conference. Edinburgh.

Franks, W., Gawn, N., & Bowden, G. (2007). Barriers to access to mental health services for migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. Journal of Public Mental Health, 6(1), 33-41.

Franks, W., Gawn, N. & Lelandais, M., (2006). A qualitative study of the mental health needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NIHME National Conference: Delivering Race Equality – Research, Policy and Practice. Birmingham.

Franks, W., Bowden, G. & Gawn, N. (2005). Community Psychology in the NHS: Dilemmas and reflections. Clinical Psychology Forum, 153. pp 26-29.

Theuninck, A., Gawn, N., & Westlake A. (Eds) (2005). Clinical Psychology: Training, Research & Development, 4(2).

Bowden, G., Franks, W., & Gawn, N. (2004). Working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers to promote mental health. UK Community Psychology Conference. Exeter.

FAQS

How can i be sure that a psychologist is appropriately qualified and registered?

Practitioner Psychologists in the UK are regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), who hold a register of professionals at www.hpc-uk.org. Professionals regulated by the HCPC must meet standards for training, conduct and skills; you can also contact the HCPC if you have any serious unresolved complaints about a health professional. Please check the HCPC register before starting work with any Psychologist.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the professional body for psychologists in the UK. I am an Associate Fellow and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the BPS; as well as being on their Register for Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). You can check if a psychologist is chartered on the BPS website.

Where are you Based?

I am based in central Tunbridge Wells, where I have use of a quiet, comfortable consulting room on Vale Road within the Tunbridge Wells Chiropractic and Shockwave Clinic, close to the rail station and central car parks.

Please contact me to discuss arrangements for home visits and hospital visits.

How do i Book an appointment?

Contact me to request an appointment by:

  • Using the contact form on this website
  • Emailing [email protected]
  • Calling 07517 273515
  • Online booking coming soon

When Can you see me?

I offer an appointment-only service; I am usually able to offer an appointment within one-two weeks of enquiries. I currently have availability on Thursdays and Fridays. I also have limited evening and Saturday availability.

People undertaking a course of psychological therapy usually find it most beneficial to book a regular slot each week (this offers consistency, momentum, and routine). However, modern commitments can make it difficult to attend in this way, and it is always possible to think about more flexible arrangements.

How Long is Each Session?

Standard sessions are 50 minutes.

How Many therapy sessions will I need?

This will vary depending on the individual, the types of difficulty they are seeking help for, the recommended therapy, and a range of other factors. Psychological therapy commonly requires between 6 and 20 sessions, although sometimes more are suggested; I am also happy to meet for one-off consultations.

I always meet with people for an initial consultation following which I make a recommendation based on research evidence, best practice guidelines and my own clinical experience. It is common to review every six sessions to check that we are on track.

Who can join the consultation?

It is your choice who you would like in your consultation. Most people prefer to attend by themselves, but many people appreciate the support of somebody else. Please think about what would be most helpful for you.

What are your fees?

2016 fees:

£100 – Individual (Consultation and Therapy)

£140 – Couples (Consultation and Therapy)

£180 – Families (Consultation and Therapy)

*Prices on application for assessments, reports, teaching and consultation

*Prices as advertised for group therapy

*Travel is charged at £25 per half hour or part thereof

*I offer a reduced fee scheme (e.g. for people facing financial difficulties and for psychology trainees); please contact me if you would like to discuss

How do I Pay?

I accept work with people who are self-funded, and those who are funded through organisations (such as health insurers or employers).

Individuals:

Fees may be paid by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

Organisations:

Fees to be paid by cheque or BACs transfer.

Lateness, Cancellations and Re-arranging appointments

Whilst I make every effort to be flexible, I do have a few standard guidelines:

  • Appointments can be cancelled and re-arranged with a minimum of 24 hours notice
  • Cancellations and missed sessions without 24 hour’s notice will incur the usual session charge
  • Late starting appointments may be accommodated, but will generally need to end on time to avoid inconveniencing the following client; they will still be charged at the usual session charge

Do you offer emergency appointments?

Unfortunately I am not able to offer an emergency service. In the first instance, please contact your General Practitioner (GP). Urgent mental health care is also available from the following sources:

  • Out of hours GP
  • 111 (non-emergency urgent care)
  • Accident & Emergency departments
  • Samaritans: 116 123 (freephone number)

Feedback

I always appreciate hearing receive feedback, as it helps me to keep updating my practice and to meet people’s needs as best I can. If you have any concerns or complaints I am keen to hear these as early as possible so that we can work together to resolve things.

I have a question that is not answered here…

Please use the contact page to get in touch, or email me at nicolathepsychologist.com