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Dr Lizzy Pink
DClinPsych., BSc. (Hons)

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Principal Clinical Psychologist  

Who am I?

I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the NHS. I work with children and their families as well as adults. I consider myself a holistic psychologist and I work trans-diagnostically (so I work with you on what you bring/experience rather than what a doctor says you have). I am also happy to work with those rejecting a diagnostic frame (in terms of mental health). It is my aim to meet people ‘where they are’ in their understanding and work with them in a useful way, whilst acknowledging some aspects of our society can be silencing and even contribute to mental health problems. Both personally and therapeutically, I am anti-racist and an LGBTQ+ ally. I believe in the power of talking therapy as well as the therapeutic value of somatic (body) and sensory (art/music) approaches.


How do I work?

As a clinical psychologist I am fully trained to offer and integrate a range of therapeutic modalities. My work is guided by attachment theory and an understanding of trauma. I work systemically, which means I focus on relationships, situations and context rather than considering struggles to be located in any one individual. I am very interested in how our bodies demonstrate how we feel, especially in times of trauma. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) a NICE recommended treatment to address trauma. Within my work I focus on the stories people tell about themselves (I am trained in Narrative Therapy) and how they are making sense of their experiences. I integrate aspects of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) where appropriate. Where have you worked? I have spent much of my career working in hospital settings. I have experience working with adaptation to and recovery from illness, pain and have specialised in working alongside people who experience persistent physical symptoms with no medical explanation (‘medically unexplained symptoms’ or ‘functional illness’). I also have considerable experience working in a Critical Care (ICU) setting. I have worked with
many different aspects of trauma (from diagnosable PTSD to the traumatic impact of early relationships). I am interested in neurodiversity and work with neurodevelopmental issues, including autism spectrum condition.
I have specialised in working with staff addressing work-related challenges and have extensive experience of working with teams and services (particularly within an NHS setting) addressing complex dynamics. As well as therapy I provide specialist supervision and consultation services and am developing models for working psychologically with non-psychologists.

Qualifications:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2007 University of East London

 

MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology 2003 Oxford Brookes University

BSc (Hons) Psychology 2001 University of Portsmouth

 

ICO registered

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