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Dr Katrina Lake Consultant Clinical Psychologist - working online from Inverness and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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Working online with adults and young people across Inverness and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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 you need it, it’s important to be able to access the right help as soon as possible. You may have noticed unhelpful patterns in your relationships, or you may have been struggling to make sense of, or change how you have been feeling. I will help you to understand yourself better and support you to make the changes you may have been struggling to make on your own. You will be welcomed into my peaceful clinic in Forres to work together on a tailored plan to support you. I will support you to get the help you need.

Who is this service for?
My psychological therapy services are aimed at adults and young people over the age of 18, using a range of treatment approaches including EMDR and CBT. 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 qualified as a Clinical Psychologist over 24 years ago, and have experience working as a senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and private sector, currently working online having recently relocated to the North East of Scotland. I am currently working with clients across and beyond the UK, including those across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and the Inverness area.

I have held a number of NHS clinical leadership positions, including as Clinical Advisor within the Department of Health. I have also led clinical teams in local mental health trusts and worked in a range of different mental health services. I am trained in a range of treatment approaches including CBT, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

What does therapy involve?
Before commencing the therapy, we would meet for an initial meeting 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. I offer brief and longer term therapy with most people needing between six and ten sessions although this varies with some people needing more sessions. We would use the best approach, or combination of approaches for you, such as CBT, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Ego State Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. In my experience, all these approaches work as well online, enabling people to work flexibly from across the UK and Scotland.

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

Get in contact
Choosing a clinician can be daunting. I offer a no charge 20 minute telephone consultation to enable you to get a sense of me and how I work, and ask any questions if you have any. You can book a time to speak directly - BOOK A CONSULTATION or find other ways to get in touch here.

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