Many people experience difficult thoughts and feelings at one time or another throughout their lives; there is a strong evidence base from a wealth of clinical research which highlights the positive outcomes from engaging in psychological (talking) therapies, such as improving one’s mood and reducing anxiety, to help promote overall physical and mental wellbeing.

Clinical Psychologists are trained professionals who deliver psychological therapies with individuals, couples and groups to help address the difficulties that people are experiencing.

There are a number of areas that Clinical Psychologists can help with, as their Doctoral training covers a wide range of specialties, from childhood to later life, in some of which the individual therapist will then specialise. Therefore it is important for you to find a psychologist who practices in the area for which you are seeking support.

There are also a number of different therapeutic techniques that Clinical Psychologists can draw upon. Your psychological therapist will work collaboratively with you to identify what your goals for therapy are, and which approach may be the most appropriate to help meet those goals at the current time.

Dr Elizabeth Banwell is a clinical psychologist who has worked within the NHS, charity and private sectors for over ten years, supporting children, families and adults to help optimise their overall wellbeing. Elizabeth currently works with adults who may be experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, worry, difficulty sleeping and difficulty with motivation or making changes.

Elizabeth is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Elizabeth specialises in the field of clinical health psychology, working with adults with long term physical health conditions which have caused them to experience difficulties including, but not limited to: adjusting to living with their health condition; also, feeling worried or uncertain, and/or experiencing low mood regarding the condition.

Therapeutic Approach

Elizabeth draws upon a number of evidence based therapeutic techniques, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Narrative Therapy; Motivational Interviewing; and Compassion Focused Therapy.

The therapeutic approaches that Elizabeth draws upon are typically short term, e.g. up to 12 sessions, although the exact duration is decided collaboratively between therapist and client.

What does therapy involve?

Elizabeth meets clients for an assessment session so the client’s main concerns can be discussed, along with what the client would like to achieve from therapy. Elizabeth and the client then develop goals for therapy i.e. what subsequent sessions will focus on. The approaches that Elizabeth use generally involve discussing techniques and skills which the client can practice in their own time and build upon over the course of therapy. It is possible that an alternative service/therapist is more appropriate for the client’s needs and Elizabeth will discuss this with clients as appropriate.

For more information, please refer to Elizabeth’s website at http://ebanwell-clinicalpsychologist.bravesites.com/ or contact her via email drebanwell.psychologist@gmail.com