Dr Kate Vasey

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

CBT, Narrative, Mindfulness

Core Training

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Royal Holloway University London

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University

Further Training

Supporting Children through Trauma, Loss and Bereavement, provided by Dr David Tricky and Richard Meiser-Stedman via The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Compassion Focussed Therapy Techniques in working with Children and their Families, provided by Dr Mary Welford, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Working with Families with a Physical Illness: a Systemic Approach, six week course provided by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London.

New Supervisors Workshop, University of East London (2 days).

Kids and their Brains: Interventions and Support after Neuropsychological Assessment, University of East Anglia, provided by Dr Jenny Limond.

Paediatric Psychology Network Conference, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis European Conference, Lisbon, 2013

Cystic Fibrosis Annual Conference, Birmingham, 2014

Registration

Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Clinical Experience

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for over 10 years with individuals presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties and emotional distress.   I am very passionate about working with children, young people and their families. I strongly believe in working collaboratively with young people and their families to help better understand difficulties, to help build emotional resilience, and teach skills to promote emotional wellbeing now and in the future.  I am trained to adapt my skills and therapy offered to suit you and your child’s needs and preferred ways of working.  I offer a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space providing evidence-based treatments.

I have worked in the NHS since 2005 providing therapeutic interventions to children; adolescents; families; adults; older adults; and individuals with additional learning needs across a range of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and the community. This has enabled me to build my knowledge and skills in treating a wide range of mental health difficulties.

After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist from Royal Holloway, University of London I worked for 6 years in a London Hospital in their Paediatric Psychology team.  I provided highly specialised psychological assessment and treatment for children with acute and chronic cardiac or respiratory health conditions including working with children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions.  The clinical work in paediatrics is extremely diverse and varied, I have worked with many families from all sorts of backgrounds over the years and feel privileged to have heard their stories and been part of their journey.

Examples of some of my clinical work include providing therapeutic interventions to young people and their families: struggling to adapt to a new diagnosis; adherence to burdensome treatment regimens; balancing health needs with social and academic needs; support following a traumatic medical event with a child; support for bereaved families; inpatient support as part of a complex or long hospital admission to promote psychological wellbeing and protect against more complicated psychological reactions following the admission; procedural anxiety e.g. invasive procedures such as blood tests, coping with cannulas or intravenous medication, significant anxiety and low mood that may or may not be directly related to a medical diagnosis; children with school refusal or reintegrating after long absences from school; peer relationship difficulties; and working with families where there are behavioural, feeding, sleep or toileting difficulties for their child to name a few.  I have considerable experience in working alongside other professionals in a child’s system, including schools and social services.  I am also experienced in carrying out a range of cognitive assessments.

I currently work part-time in the NHS for a Paediatric Psychology Team providing specialist psychological assessment and treatment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Oncology Unit.  I also offer supervision to final year trainees completing their doctorate in clinical psychology as well as newly qualified psychologists.  I have developed and delivered a wide variety of teaching and training packages to other non-psychology professionals; run regular reflective practice groups for medical colleagues and have co-facilitated therapeutic groups for young people and parents.

Privately I work with clients who self-refer or are referred via an insurance company.  I provide psychological therapy for a wide range of mental health and emotional difficulties such as:

  • Anxiety including social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias, panic, general anxiety
  • Anxiety in relation to a medical diagnosis including coping with invasive or painful procedures such as blood tests, upcoming hospital admissions,
  • Depression and low mood
  • Behavioural difficulties and issues with anger
  • Stress management (e.g. coping with exam stress)
  • Adapting to, managing and living alongside acute and/or chronic physical health difficulties
  • Pre-school difficulties including behavior, sleep, feeding, toileting
  • Parenting support
  • School difficulties (e.g. peer relationship difficulties, school non-attendance, cognitive difficulties)
  • Low self-esteem
  • I can also offer consultation and training to schools and organisations.

My doctorate-level training has provided me with a strong knowledge of psychological theory and a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches from which I can choose and appropriately adapt to suit the needs and preferences of individuals. The approaches that I have found most useful in working with young people and their families include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Therapy, solution focused ways of working, narrative approaches, systemic models, and mindfulness.

What to expect

Our first meeting will be an assessment session that will last up to one and a half hours.  In this time I will get to know you and your child, including your strengths, interests, and the difficulties you are currently facing and agree together treatment goals to work towards.  It may be that we need more than one session to complete the assessment process to ensure that I fully understand the difficulties and how they are impacting on your child.  After the first appointment sessions will be 1 hour in length (55 minutes therapy and 5 minutes admin).  If appropriate we (you, your child and myself) may set tasks for you to think about or complete between sessions to ensure that you are getting the most out of us meeting.  Sessions may involve just your child (dependent on age), just parents or altogether dependent on the treatment goals that we are working towards.

If you would like a longer session this can be discussed and arranged if appropriate.  If it would be helpful for me to contact and/or visit your child’s school or to provide a detailed report this can be arranged at an additional cost.  There is no limit on how many times we can meet, this is your child’s and your time, we will review at regular intervals our progress towards the treatment goals we have set until we reach a point that you feel that no further support is needed.

Clinic Location

My clinic is based at Rownhams House, Southampton.  I offer a full day clinic on alternate Tuesdays and a shortened evening clinic on the following alternate Tuesday.