Dr Heather Dyson

BSc, MSc, DPsych, CPsychol

Chartered Counselling Psychologist


About me:

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience working within the NHS and Charity sector. I work with adults, offering weekly therapy to address a wide range of mental health difficulties and personal issues.

There are many reasons why individuals choose to access therapy, and you are to be congratulated on taking this first, and often painful, step to addressing your psychological well-being.

Are you…

  • Feeling disconnected from yourself and those around you.
  • Struggling to manage feelings of anxiety.
  • Managing distress through strategies such as alcohol, illegal substances, or self-harming behaviours.

Have you…

  • Experienced, or witnessed, a traumatic event(s).

Many us of have been, or will be, confronted by challenging situations and life events, which can leave us feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Over the past several years I have worked both within the NHS and charitable sectors, providing gold-standard care to clients presenting with diverse psychological needs. This includes working within an in-patient setting and community mental health teams, working with adults experiencing enduring mental health difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorders, and trauma.

As a registered member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), I adhere to the highest ethical standards. These fundamental guidelines inform my practice every day, meaning that I value each client as a unique person, with their own, distinct way of being in the world. This, along with my training in Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural approaches, ensures that I can and tailor my support accordingly to each person’s singular needs.

Seeking help from a qualified psychologist can help to address all these difficulties. As well as working in private practice, I have over ten years of experience working within the NHS and charitable sector. Currently, I am employed with Combat Stress, a mental health charity working with ex-service men and women. As such, I specialise in working with individuals who have experienced trauma resulting in enduring mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, as well as complex interpersonal and relational difficulties.

As a counselling psychologist, I emphasise the subjective human experience. I use diagnosis to inform my practice but place paramount importance on the phenomenological understanding of the individuals I work with. Together, we will explore distress and trauma, considering unconscious processes, and develop a collaborative formulation of how these difficulties may have arisen

List of Qualifications and Training:

DPsych in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology

MSc hons in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

BSc hons in Psychology

  • Dyson, H. & Brown, D. (2016). The Experience of Mentalization-Based Treatment. An Interpretative Phenomenological Study Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(8), 586-595.
  • Dyson, H. & Gorvin, L. (2017). How Is a Label of Borderline Personality Disorder Constructed on Twitter: A Critical Discourse Analysis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(10), 780-790.


Guildford & Surbiton