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About Us

We provide adult clinical psychology services to individuals, groups and organisations.  Dr Lisa Butler and Dr Imogen Howse have worked in and around Portsmouth for many years and each have significant NHS experience in providing mental health services to the local population.  

Both Lisa and Imogen are CBT therapists accredited by the BABCP, the leading CBT organisation in the UK, and have experience in providing treatments recommended by NICE for common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety problems, eating disorders and adult trauma related problems.  Further training has enabled Lisa to provide the trauma therapy, EMDR, to adults and adolescents and Imogen to provide Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression.

As clinical psychologists Lisa and Imogen are also able to draw together a range of different psychological therapies to create a personalised treatment when no standard guidelines exist.  This is the case for problems such as low self-esteem and obesity and weight management where there is good research into treatments that help but no definitive guidelines at the present time.  The impact of childhood trauma on the adult can also require an individualised treatment plan as the effects of these experiences can differ greatly from person to person.  Lisa and Imogen seek to always create a plan that suits the individual person rather than expecting the person to fit the plan.

In addition to individual and group therapeutic interventions, Lisa and Imogen are experienced supervisors and trainers in a range of topics including mental health for social care professionals, communication skills for health care professionals and and using CBT in medical settings.  We also have experience as expert witnesses in family law where there is a need to consider the interaction of mental health problems, attachment relationships and parenting abilities.

The Team

Dr Lisa Butler

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.

Dr Imogen Howse

Dr Imogen Howse

Imogen has worked in the field of mental health and social care since 1995, starting in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist in Oxford working with adults with mental health problems and within services for people with learning disabilities.  Imogen spent a period working in the USA as a Research Psychologist exploring ways to support the maintenance of family relationships over long distances.  On her return to the UK she began working in Bristol and Bath supporting the work of counsellors in Substance Misuse, Young People’s Services and completing research exploring the best ways to support young people following a traumatic incident.

Since qualifying as a Clinical and Community Psychologist in 2006, Imogen has continued to work in the NHS delivering NICE recommended treatments for common mental health disorders as well as developing a private practice and providing teaching and supervision for the University of Surrey.  As a trainer Imogen has experience in sharing psychological knowledge that can support the work of others in the helping professions.  To this end Imogen and Lisa have developed a number of well-received bespoke training packages in fields including criminal justice, social care and physical health.

In addition to being a qualified Clinical Psychologist, Imogen is also an accredited CBT therapist. She has also practiced Interpersonal Therapy for Depression since 2002 and has an interest in the use of psychodynamic principles to the understanding of difficulties with everyday living.  Imogen has recently undertaken training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and can provide EMDR for a range of psychological problems.  As a supervisor Imogen is on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS), and abides by their code of conduct and training regime.