From the beginning of November we are pleased to be welcoming a new Clinical Psychologist, Harriet Heal, onto the Springbank team. She will be available on Thursday mornings between 8.30am and 12.30.
Harriet joins us with many years of experience and has worked for 15 years within the NHS before making the transition four years ago to working exclusively in private practise. As well as working out of the clinic, Harriet has a successful practise in London Bridge.
Harriet works with adults with the full range of adult mental health difficulties and has many years of experience in assessing and treating a wide range of problems, including depression, bi-polar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, work stress, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, self-harm, problems with emotional regulation, anger and adjustment to change. She also has experience in working with clients with personality difficulties and disorders.
Harriet uses a variety of therapeutic models and techniques in her work including CBT, and specialises in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). CAT is an effective, time-limited approach combining the best practical techniques and strategies of cognitive therapy with a more dynamic understanding of how early experience of relationships is fundamental in shaping the ways we relate to others, ourselves and our problems. CAT is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the guidelines for treatment of eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. Clinically it is particularly useful when patients recognise that they have repetitive patterns of thoughts and behaviour relating to others, themselves and their problems that are linked to their psychological distress, whatever the diagnosis. It has a very clear explicit structure and format and is well liked by patients.
Harriet has also taught Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups in NHS settings for four years and continues her interest in using mindfulness when working with individual clients. She also continues to work as a supervisor to other clinical psychologists and is an examiner for the regional clinical psychology training course at Canterbury Christchurch University.
If you would like any further information or are interested in booking an appointment with Harriet, please contact the clinic on 01732 453956.