Psychotherapy

Read more about me and my approach here

My name is Stella Richardson and I am a clinical psychologist and an accredited psychotherapist.  You can find out more about me here.   Based in York, I provide online therapy to clients anywhere in the UK. I can help you* with issues including

  • Post traumatic stress  (PTSD) including complex and developmental  trauma. 

  • Depression and low mood

  • Low self esteem

  • Shame and self criticism

  • Perfectionism

  • Repeating problematic patterns in relationships

  • Anxiety conditions - for example, panic, worry, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). 

  • Negative body image and eating disorders**

  • Work-related stress, burn-out

  • Sleep problems

  • Adjustment problems (for example,  bereavement including suicide bereavement, divorce, loss, illness, other life changes)

*  Adults 18+ years only

**I do not treat severe or life threatening eating disorders.  I do not treat psychosis, bipolar disorder, neurological conditions or functional neurological conditions, or addictions. 

I offer a range of therapeutic approaches, which I interweave to tailor a therapy that is right for you. These approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).  I am also currently training in schema therapy, an approach that helps to address deep, long-term emotional problems that impact on the personality and  repeating patterns in relationships.  I was trained in compassion focused therapy by Professor Paul Gilbert, a leading clinical psychologist who developed this approach with people whose issues relate to high levels of self-criticism and shame.  I also make a lot of use of Acceptance and Commitment therapy a "third wave" cognitive therapy approach that many of my clients find very helpful.  Find out more about me here and about these therapy approaches here.

 

PLEASE NOTE I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ONLINE ONLY.  This means I am able to see clients from anywhere in the UK.   I find that many clients appreciate the flexibility this offers them. 

PLEASE NOTE I AM UNABLE TO PROVIDE A CRISIS SERVICE. IF YOU ARE FEELING SUICIDAL OR THINKING OF SELF HARMING PLEASE CONTACT NHS 111/999 (IN THE UK) OR PHONE SAMARITANS 116123

How it works:

Send me a message using the contact form

I speak to you to check that an assessment with me is right for you

You book an online initial assessment appointment 

 Once your assessment is complete I recommend next steps 

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We start your online therapy appointments

Employee Psychological Wellbeing 

Why invest in  employee wellbeing?

Psychological wellbeing is key to a high performing workforce and to the success of your business.   Mental ill health impacts on 1 in 4 adults in England every year and is the cause of 12% of UK sickness  absence.  When work stress is high, increased sickness absence and  presenteeism (health-related under-performance) further impact on the bottom line and reduce your business's capacity to remain resilient.   Workplace factors that support staff wellbeing also promote staff engagement, meaning that your staff come into work feeling motivated and committed, improving productivity.    So an investment in the psychological wellbeing of your employees is an investment in the health of your business.

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My employee psychological wellbeing offer

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I offer psychology services to employers. I believe it is important that employers take measures to prevent stress and burnout as well as offering professional support to staff who are currently struggling.  I offer:

 

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence based therapies to assist employees who are absent due to mental ill health to return to work

  • Fitness to work assessments

  • Wellbeing action plans for employees who experience ongoing or recurring mental ill health

  • Mental health awareness training for managers and supervisors in your organisation

  • ACT workplace resilience training

  • Bespoke wellbeing workshops

 

My offer is based upon thirteen years working as the Employee Psychological Wellbeing Lead in the NHS.  

I offer reasonable rates and a responsive service that is tailored to you and your employees' needs 

How it works:

Complete the contact form

I respond within 24 hours to book a time to speak to you

I will listen carefully and discuss your needs and budget

I will send you a written proposal, quote and timescale for the work

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I carry out the work in a timely fashion

 
 

Clinical Supervision

Dr Stella Richardson

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

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I am a chartered clinical psychologist and have specialised in adult mental health throughout my career.  I also have a background in staff support and occupational health psychology.  Having worked for over a quarter of a century in adult mental health roles, I have a wealth of experience to draw upon.  Over the years, I have provided clinical supervision to therapists from a range of professional backgrounds including psychologists, counsellors, mental health nurses and medics. I currently work full time in my private therapy practice in York.  

 

I provide a safe and supportive space to explore your therapeutic work.  My approach is  integrative.  

I am accredited with the BABCP as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and I am also accredited with  as an EMDR therapist with EMDR UK.   I have been using a compassion focused therapy approach for over 15 years having attended Professor Paul Gilbert's training in 2005. I have also taught compassion focused therapy to clinical psychology doctoral trainees at the University of Hull.  I also draw on ccceptance and commitment therapy  and on dialectical behaviour therapy.   I appreciate the value of relational approaches and am currently training in schema therapy.  

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 Find details of my fee here.  Supervision is offered online and in person.  See my About Me Page  for more details about my aproach. 

 

 I am registered with the British Psychological Society Register of Applied Psychology Pracitce Supervisions

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Medico legal reporting and rehabilitation service

I accept referrals in relation to claimants who  require psychological rehabilitation for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an accident-related injury. 

 

I can offer eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) both of which have proven efficacy in the treatment of PTSD.  I have many years of experience treating PTSD.  

 

offer an assessment and report-writing service to solicitors in respect of personal injury claims

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I am Bond Solon trained in expert-witness report-writing.

I offer reasonable rates and a fast turnaround.

  

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I am registered with the following health insurance companies:

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