Dr Rachel Nutt

BSc (Hons), DClinPsychol

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

CBT, CFT, ACT, Mindfulness

Core Training

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of York

Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health, University of York

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol), University of Hull

Registrations and Professional Memberships

Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society

Clinical experience

Hello! It can be hard to navigate the world of choosing a therapy. I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. This training ensures I am experienced in working with a wide range of mental health problems and emotional distress, working in partnership with people to overcome their difficulties in a warm, safe and non-judgemental space. Clinical Psychologists are trained to tailor therapy to the specific situation of the client, and to use evidence-based methods.

I have worked to support a variety of people for many years, from individuals experiencing a hard time, to those who have more prolonged difficulties or challenges because of their circumstances or a disability. I cherish the opportunity to meet another person and learn about their situation.

I have worked in a range different settings since qualifying including; therapeutic inpatient units, outpatient psychology clinics and in GP surgeries with people of all ages and cultures. I additionally have an interest in a number of different therapies. Clinical Psychology training has given me a broad view of theories of development and difficulty. I like to weave ideas together, using techniques drawn appropriately from different approaches, depending on our (yours and my) understanding of the presenting issues.

I am particularly interested in mindfulness-based approaches. I have noticed again and again (both in clients and personally) the power of being aware of our thoughts, to give us the chance to choose how we respond, rather than just to act on our impulse. I favour Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I have additional clinical experience and training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), supervision and parenting (parenting by connection, sometimes called “gentle” parenting).

I am able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems (e.g. health anxiety, OCD, panic, social anxiety)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-harm and self-defeating behaviours
  • Eating problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic Pain

What you can expect

I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable with, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.

To begin with, we will have a 90-minute session to assess together what the best course of action is, the right time for you and to start thinking about what we might do to help you. The assessment process may continue for a further few sessions as it is key to creating a joint understanding of how you have come to require support which can help in pointing towards the most helpful way to intervene. I use this process to create a formulation – which we will normally discuss explicitly at the third or fourth appointment, either verbally, in diagram form which you take away or in a letter format which will be read to you at the appointment.

We will then agree the next steps and normally will have an idea of how long it will be until we begin the reviewing process. Following the assessment, appointments tend to be an hour long. There is no time limit on how long we continue to meet for. This is your time. My goal is to help you to reach a point where you feel you don’t need me anymore!