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About

Dr Ellie Harland

It can be daunting choosing a therapist and working out who might be the right fit for you. To help you understand my approach to therapy here is a little bit about me.

I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am experienced in working with adults, children, and adolescents within many settings, including NHS services, local authorities, schools, and prison. I have worked with a variety of difficulties including anxiety and depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, self-harm, substance abuse, low self-esteem, perfectionism, selective mutism, and relational difficulties, amongst others.

 

As a therapist, I am warm and accessible in style. First and foremost, I believe in establishing and nurturing a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship. I aim to help clients improve their overall wellbeing, prevent and alleviate distress, resolve crises and empower them to live in line with what is important to them.

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My Therapeutic Approach

Counselling Psychologists are trained in at least two central therapeutic approaches. This means that I have formal training in both Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The former aims to explore deep-seated needs, urges and desires by interpreting mental and emotional processes and patterns. The latter explores the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, encouraging clients to problem solve and modify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours.

 

As an integrative practitioner I am also trained in systemic psychotherapy, an approach that focuses on the individual in the context of their relationships within various systems e.g., family, cultural, religious, political, and professional systems. Additional therapeutic models that I draw on include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). In broad terms, this means that I tailor my approach to provide a unique and supportive way of working with you.

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