About Hampshire & Surrey Psychology
We believe it is vital to give people choice because people become stronger and more confident if they can make their own decisions. We want to make first class treatment available outside the NHS, to provide people with the means to make their own decisions and collaborate in developing their treatment path and managing their recovery.
We know how confusing it can seem to work out who to see and we want to make it easy for clients to obtain a wide range of specialist expertise.
Working together cooperatively makes it easier for us as clinicians to provide you with best practice, choice and excellence outside the framework of the NHS.
We aim to provide clinical assessment and therapies based on the most up to date evidence. We started in Petersfield in 2006 and have expanded to be able to offer our clients appointments across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
Who we are
We are primarily Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologists, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC ensures we’re properly qualified, fit to practice, and keep up to date with latest developments. In addition, we are bound by the British Psychological Society code of conduct. We now also have a fully qualified Psychotherapist and a Counsellor on the team to provide therapy for sub-clinical issues.
Clinical and Counselling Psychologists are qualified to assess or diagnose and treat mental health problems in children, teenagers and adults.
Training to become a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist is comprehensive (minimum 6-7 years), which means we are suitably qualified to treat the whole spectrum of psychological problems using a number of different evidence based therapies.
Training to become a UKCP registered Psychotherapist takes a minimum of five years full time study including working with patients; this ensures they are suitably qualified to treat a range of psychological problems drawing from their chosen model of therapy.
What We Do
At Hampshire & Surrey Psychology we offer Psychological and Psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children, adolescents and adults. We use evidence-based therapies including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), psychological therapy, counselling and other techniques including medication to help people deal with their difficulties, understand their emotions and behaviour – and regain control of their everyday lives.
As practitioners, we are constantly striving to provide the therapies that have an evidence base – that been tested and recommended for the issues you are seeking help with. This evidence base is evolving as new therapies emerge or as existing therapies are developed to become more effective.
Psychiatry is the study of mental health problems and their diagnosis, management and prevention. A psychiatrist is a medically qualified practitioner who has trained to be a doctor and then further specialised in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication for a range of difficulties and may also be able to offer forms of talking therapy.
Psychology is the study of the human mind and brain. Clinical psychologists help with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses across the lifespan. Psychologists can also help mentally healthy people to find ways of functioning in a more efficient way, e.g. cope better with stress. They have extensive training in assessing a range of psychological difficulties and determining the most appropriate form of therapy. Clinical psychologists tend to be trained in providing a range of therapies.
Counselling focuses on the individual’s concerns and difficulties, trying to understand the client’s patterns of thoughts, behaviours and feelings and how these may be problematic. Counsellors usually focus on one particular therapy e.g. psychotherapy. They are able to assist people to develop an understanding of themselves and to make important changes in their lives.
Therapy has been shown to be as effective, and sometimes more so, than conventional medication for a range of disorders. We do not prescribe drugs but we do recognise that medication, alone or in conjunction with therapy, may be the most effective treatment for overcoming some problems. We work with prescribing physicians (Psychiatrists or General Practitioners) to ensure the very best combination of treatment for our clients.