B.A. PgDip M.Sc. PsyD CPsychol
Dr Stella Richardson
Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist
Are you struggling with your mental health? Issues such as anxiety, depression, repeating patterns in relationships or problematic behaviours?
Maybe you've had painful or traumatic experiences... you've tried really hard to resolve things yourself but nothing seems to be working?
Perhaps everything is getting on top of you and now you really want to find new ways to cope?
Maybe you just want to be able to get on with the business of living your life, your way, whilst feeling at ease with yourself and comfortable in your own skin?
If so, I'm so glad you are here seeking professional help and support. I'm a highly qualified and experienced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Let's talk about it.
Why choose me?
Over 25 years experience working in the fields of trauma & adult mental health
Recognised by the major UK health insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, AXA, AVIVA, Aetna, Healix, CIgna & WPA
Over a decade of experience leading an NHS Occupational Health psychology service
Listed on the British Psychological Society Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
Read more about me here
Online therapy session
Face to face by video call
Access to free resources
Free ending session*
*Terms and conditions apply. **Fees for sessions covered by health insurance policies may vary
Employee Wellbeing and medico-legal reporting
Please contact me to discuss your budget and requirements
As a clinical psychologist and accredited psychotherapist I have in-depth understanding of human psychology and am trained to a high level in a range of evidence based psychotherapies:
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
The idea behind CBT is that if we change what we are thinking/imagining and what we are doing we can improve how we are feeling. This theory has been tried and tested over the past few decades and CBT has proved to be effective in treating many different mental health issues. It involves a collaborative approach in which you have an important role to play in helping your psychotherapist to help you.
I am accredited by the BABCP as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist
Schema therapy was developed to assist people who continue to experience problems even after undertaking a course of CBT. It helps people to understand their personality and how it has been shaped by past experiences. It helps to address unmet emotional needs and psychological barriers that lead to unhealthy behaviours and repeating negative patterns in relationships. It has been shown to be effective in people with personality problems whose issues have deep root in their early experiences.
I have completed accredited training in schema therapy,
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR therapy was originally developed to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It involves recalling distressing memories whilst also paying attention to a sensory stimulus. This approach has a good evidence base and is recommended by the National Institute for Health Care Excellence as an effective treatment for PTSD. It is increasingly used to help with other conditions such as phobias, chronic pain and more.
I am accredited by EMDR UK as an EMDR practitioner
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
ACT aims to improve psychological flexibility. It focuses on changing the way we respond to our thoughts and feelings, using mindfulness . It focuses on exploration of "values" and encourages us to make conscious choices that help us to live life in ways that are purposeful and meaningful. There is a developing evidence-base for ACT. It can be helpful for dealing with a range or problems including anxiety disorders, chronic health conditions and chronic pain. It can also be helpful for dealing with work stress and burnout
I have attended a range of training workshops on ACT
Compassion Focused Therapy
CFT is helpful for people who experience a lot of self-criticism and feelings of shame. These can often be at the root of recurrent depression and other mental health problems. Compassionate mind training increases our awareness of how we relate to ourselves and helps us to approach ourselves with an attitude of non-judgement, encouragement, kindness and support.
I have attended trainings in CFT by Professor Paul Gilbert (founder of the Compassionate Mind Foundation) and others.
Popes Head Court Offices,
"The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way"