About Dianne

I am a chartered clinical psychologist who specializes in working with young people and adults, as well as couples and families. I have a particular interest in depression, anxiety, self-esteem, health problems, stress-related problems, and interpersonal difficulties. My background is in systemic therapy, which emphasizes a holistic picture and focuses on how problems are being maintained and how a person’s context may be influencing the problem. I also draw on various other approaches to provide a tailor-made solution to each individual, including narrative, person centered, interpersonal, and solution-focused therapy. My aim in therapy is to quickly identify the obstacles that prevent a person from moving forward, and to implement problem-solving strategies.

I believe that the foundation of therapy is in the relationship between therapist and the client. Building a trusting relationship in which you feel understood and that you won’t be judged is the cornerstone of effective therapy. The initial consultation will provide an opportunity to discuss the difficulties you face, as well as for us to both to get a feel for whether we can work well together. I believe that individuals hold an inherent resilience, and that the goal of therapy is to create a context in which a person can discover their inner strength and resilience.

Qualifications

  • MA Clinical Psychology (University of South Africa)
  • BA HONS Psychology (University of South Africa)
  • BSocSci in Psychology/Organizational Psychology (University of KZN)

Experience

I have over 7 years of Clinical Experience, working with young people, adults, couples and families. Following my qualification, I worked in the South African Military Service, where I gained a wealth of experience. I also worked at one of the largest Medical Hospitals within South Africa, providing consultant services to in-patient wards, as well as seeing patients on an outpatient basis. I have worked with a variety of medical conditions, worked within multidisciplinary teams, and worked with psychiatric inpatients. I have also worked at the office of the Family Advocate, offering assessment and mediation services in high conflict divorce cases.

After moving to the UK, I spent almost three years working for the NHS within an adult sector for more complex cases, before moving into the private sector. This role involved seeing individuals with depression, anxiety, health related problems, work related stress, and relational difficulties, amongst other things.

My dissertation was on Child Sex Trafficking within the South African context, and involved working closely with young girls who had been trafficked. The findings of the study were that young people who had at least one close family member whom they could turn to for support dealt with the aftermath of being trafficked significantly better than those who didn’t. As such, I believe that mobilizing social support from a person’s environment can be a crucial step in working with young people in particular. This often translates into working with the parents and families of young people, and assisting parents with understanding how they can best support their child.

What I treat

I treat individuals aged 16+, couples and families presenting with the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, including panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties, including family conflicts, divorce/separation, parenting struggles
  • Stress related difficulties
  • Coping with physical health conditions and pain management
  • Addiction
  • Anger issues
  • Trauma
  • Emotional regulation
  • Eating disorders

Professional Accreditation

Health Care and Professionals Council, Registered Clinical Psychologist – Reg No. PYL31336

Useful information

I am available in Guildford on Tuesdays. Other times, including evenings and weekends, can also be arranged by appointment.

Fees

Adults, initial assessment Session (up to 60 minutes): £110

Therapy sessions (up to 60 minutes): £110

Written reports: available upon request at a negotiated fee

On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.

Payment

Payment is by cheque or cash at the beginning of each session, or via bank transfer prior to the session.

Cancellation Policy

If an appointment is cancelled or missed within 24 hours the full session fee will be charged.

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Telephone: 07481 899126