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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We offer a range of evidence based psychological interventions including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):  This therapy is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder) 
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • schizophrenia and psychosis
  • bipolar disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management​

CBT can be used if you are on medication prescribed by your GP or you can use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with and will be discussed at your assessment appointment.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):  This therapy is also recommended by NICE in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as:

  • war related experiences
  • childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect
  • natural disaster
  • assault
  • surgical trauma
  • road traffic accidents
  • workplace accidents

Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety.

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT):  Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is time-limited and structured. Its central idea is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in relationships and affect the quality of those relationships.

Typically, IPT focuses on conflict with another person, life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others, grief and loss, difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going. 

Integrative psychological therapy:   We recognize that people are individuals and experience problems that never completely fit into a diagnosis and often the recommended therapies do not quite meet the person's needs.  Clinical psychologists are trained to understand problems from the perspective of the individual person and can compile an intervention that draws together elements of the most appropriate treatments for the person and the range of problems he/she experiences.  Imogen and Lisa are able to create a bespoke treatment plan that best suits the needs of the person seeking psychological therapy. 

Psychological assessment:   An extended assessment will draw upon a range of psychological models and theories that support greater understanding of how the client has developed within their families and relationships of significance.  Through discussion with the psychologist, the life experiences of the client will be explored in order to identify the stresses and dangers that may have been present at times and highlight the coping strategies that were previously helpful but are now causing problems and interfering with the development of satisfying relationships and the achievement of personal goals.