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Dr Katrina Lake Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Brighton

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Working with individuals and couples in Brighton and Hove

A warm welcome to my practice

If you are feeling worried, low, overwhelmed or anxious, or have experienced a physical challenge or psychological trauma, psychological therapy can help.
How can I help?
When life gets difficult, it’s important to be able to access the right help as soon as possible. We can work together using a range of evidence-based talking therapy approaches, working online or in person. You will be welcomed into my peaceful clinic in Brighton and Hove to work together on a tailored plan to support your wellbeing.

Who is this service for?
My psychological therapy services are aimed at individuals as well as couples. Therapy can help if you are experiencing a range of difficulties, including the following:

Anxiety (including obsessive compulsive issues, phobias and panic)
Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
Feeling low in mood
Trauma, including PTSD and complex trauma
Eating difficulties or addictions
Experiencing a physical illness that is impacting on your wellbeing

About me
I am a warm, approachable clinician, working in an open and active way. I have over 20 years experience working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and private sector, working within Brighton and Hove and across Sussex. I offer brief and longer term therapy.

I have held a number of senior NHS clinical leadership positions, including as Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Specialist Psychological Services Lead, and recently as NHS England Clinical Lead, working across the South East of England. I am trained in a range of treatment approaches including CBT, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am also trained in Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), for working with couples.

What does therapy involve?
Before commencing the therapy, we would meet for an assessment to identify which types of approaches would be helpful, and to estimate the time frame for the work. The goals and outcomes will be different for each person, but we would work on better understanding and making sense of what has been happening, then work towards your goals using the therapy approaches we have agreed. Sessions are usually once a week, but some people may prefer to meet every couple of weeks. Four to six sessions of therapy is sufficient for some people, with other people requiring a course of therapy over a number of months.

Why clinical psychology?
Clinical Psychologists have extensive training in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties. After a degree in Psychology they complete an Doctorate level training in Clinical Psychology. They complete a broad and in-depth clinical training in the understanding and treatment of psychological difficulties from childhood onwards and work within a range of NHS settings. This enables them to adapt and tailor therapeutic work to best meet the needs of a wide range of individuals. This may involve integrating different approaches, such a creating a treatment plan which includes EMDR, CBT or other therapies.
I will commit to listen to you with respect, care and attention, work in an active and open way, and work to a high standard

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