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Psychology Services Portsmouth

We offer independent psychological assessment and therapy, teaching and training, consultancy and clinical supervision and expert witness services

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Dr Lisa Butler

Lisa qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001 and took up post in the NHS Trust in Portsmouth to provide the first psychological therapy services directly within primary care, working closely with the GP practices across Portsmouth to develop a responsive and patient centered service.  Over the next 11 years as clinical and service lead, Lisa developed the service until it comprised 34 clinical psychologists, CBT and EMDR therapists, counsellors and psychological well-being practitioners in 2012.

After leaving the NHS Trust in 2012 Lisa joined the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme Team at the University of Surrey where she further developed her teaching skills in training the next generation of clinical psychologists and here she revised and delivered the CBT teaching across the 3 year training programme.  In 2015 Lisa left the employ of the University to concentrate on building up Psychology Services Portsmouth with the aim of again offering high quality psychological services to the people of Portsmouth and beyond.  

Lisa has continued to develop her clinical skills and gained accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) from the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy as well as acquiring skills in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy through completion of the EMDR training programme.  Providing clinical supervision and devising training for other health and social care professionals has enabled Lisa to gain understanding of a wide range of different service systems and the needs of those working within them.  She receives good feedback from all who attend her workshops as they leave feeling more empowered to use the psychological skills relevant to their work. 

In 2013 Lisa returned to part-time study to expand her longheld interest in the field of attachment stemming from the work of John Bowlby.  Lisa has integrated this knowledge with her experience in mental health services to provide assessment for parents whose children are the focus of care proceedings.  This work has helped the social care teams and courts to understand the impact of early childhood trauma and mental health problems on the challenging task of parenting.