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Dr Anneliese Day
DClinPsych., PGDip., BSc. (Hons)

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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist / Managing Director at Formulate Psychology 

I am Dr Anneliese Day, Clinical Psychologist and Founder / Managing Director of Formulate Psychology. I have worked for the NHS for more than 20 years and in private practice since 2016, when I started up Formulate Psychology. I have a broad training and experience and am therefore able to work with people across the age range / lifespan, and full range of mental health problems. This means that I work with children, adolescents and adults.  I have specific specialist experience within the areas of: physical health conditions; eating disorders; trauma; autism spectrum conditions; self harm and suicide; relationship problems and divorce. I work both online, as well as face to face in our Southampton and Romsey clinics.

Work Experience:

I have worked in the NHS since 2003, and in my current role at Southampton General Hospital since 2016 where I work part-time within a large Clinical Health Psychology Department helping individuals with physical health conditions, their families and their medical teams.  Prior to this, I have worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Hampshire and adult in-patient and Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT).  This breadth of experience enables me to work with a wide range of clients within my private practice.

 

My practice has been heavily informed by the significant amount of specialist training and wealth of experience that I have gained within a wide range of settings, as well as my own personal experiences, and the recognition that we are all human, and all struggle at times. I truly believe that at some point in our lives we may all find ourselves in a situation whereby we can benefit from the help of a qualified clinical psychologist to help us navigate the path ahead, simply because we are all human. I aim to help guide people along this path, in a caring, kind, and compassionate way, and by talking about psychological concepts in an understandable and accessible manner. Through building a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship with individuals, I provide a safe space to work through difficulties and challenges, and learn about how to set boundaries, something which I believe is a key element to setting ourselves free to live the life that we deserve. 

I am passionate about the importance of the mind-body link and want to help people to use scientific evidence-based models to understand and free themselves up from unhelpful patterns, which no longer serve them. I strongly believe that the key to a healthy mind and body involves paying attention to and taking care of both, and I therefore subscribe to a holistic psychology approach which emphasises the importance of self-care and well-being. This belief is grounded in scientific evidence, through a deep understanding of how the brain works, how stress and trauma affect the inner workings of the brain and its neural networks, how our urges and behaviours are driven by our past learning, how early experiences and attachment / bonding affect our future relationships. My goal is to help people to understand this science too, in order to free themselves from unhealthy and unhelpful patterns that they find themselves stuck in. 

Specialist Training / Skills:

I have specialist training and experience in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions. I am trained in gold standard methods of assessment, including the ADI and ADOS, and can offer tailored packages of screening and detailed assessment. I am also able to offer after-care and adapted therapy for individuals with autism spectrum condition and their families. I firmly believe that helping people to understand ASC and neurodiversity enables them to thrive  and live their life fully and completely alongside this.

I am able to offer cognitive assessment to children and adults, where there are concerns regarding cognitive ability or functioning. Cognitive assessment can identify specific areas of strength and weakness in processing information, memory, attention and so on. This can help individuals, families, education, work and so on to better understand any cognitive impairments, and adaptations that may be required to help the individual to reach their full potential. I provide recommendations and a report written in a user-friendly understandable way.

I have specialist training and experience in the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, including complex PTSD. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective and evidence based therapy which can be particularly helpful for individuals who have experienced trauma, and do not feel able to talk directly about this, since it works at a somatic / body level. 

I have a foundation training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and my practice is heavily informed by this model which I use to help people to ‘map out’ their unhelpful patterns, thus enabling them to see a clearer way to break free from these. This approach is a highly personalised and individualised way of working, which draws upon a number of traditional and evidence-based models of Psychology. A key concept within CAT is the idea that making connections between our early experiences within relationships and the patterns of coping that we developed as a child. can help us to make sense of what is happening in the here and now. Seeing these childlike patterns through an adult lens can be a highly effective tool to help individuals to revise their ways of responding, and choose more healthy alternatives. 

My Doctoral training provided me with a good grounding in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches across a wide range of difficulties. I am extremely experienced in the use of CBT, and personalise these approaches according to the individual. I also have additional training in third wave CBT approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour, Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My work is also heavily informed by the concept of 'self-compassion', and this is something that I weave throughout my work, since I strongly believe that we must all first be capable of being kind to (and loving) ourselves in order to have healthy, loving relationships with others.

I have experience of conducting assessments and writing reports for courts as an expert witness. Drawing upon my 20 years of experience and training, I am able to assess whole families in relation to divorce / childcare arrangements and cases of abuse or neglect. I can provide recommendations to the court regarding further assessment and therapeutic interventions required.

I am able to offer tailored packages of supervision, training, consultation and reflective practice within a wide range of settings, including schools, healthcare, settings, private or charitable organisations and businesses. I am happy to be approached to discuss the needs of the team / organisation and to think about how this fits with what I am able to offer.

 

Difficulties That I Can Treat:

  • Autism - Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Anxiety Disorders – social anxiety, phobias, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Mood Disorders – depression, mood swings, bipolar affective disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD

 

  • Eating Disorders / difficulties

  • Self-esteem

 

  • Relationship difficulties / divorce

  • Difficulties managing emotions

 

  • Self-harming behaviours / Suicide

  • Physical Health Conditions

 

Qualifications

 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton (2009)

Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health / Associate Mental Health Practitioner, University of Southampton (2005)

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Southampton (2003)

 

Additional Qualifications:

 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Training (2021-2022) EMDR Masterclass Trainings, Dr Michael Paterson

 

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Foundation Level Certificate (2018-2020), Southern Health NHS Trust

 

Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Administration and Coding Course (2016), Hogrefe

 

Autism Diagnosis Interview (ADI) Training (2015), Solent Health NHS Trust

 

Professional Memberships:

 

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

I am a qualified EMDR practitioner certified by EMDR UK

 

I am ICO registered and DBS checked

 

These are regulatory bodies and I adhere to their clinical policies. This includes continuing professional development and regular clinical supervision. 

 

Private Medical Insurance:

I am currently registered with BUPA, AXA, Aviva, Cigna and WPA

Please enquire if your insurer is not listed

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