Dr Amanda Stevenson
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) since 2014
- MA Social Sciences (Hons) Psychology – University of Glasgow 2009
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol) – University of Edinburgh 2014
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Schema Therapy informed interventions
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Safety and Stabilisation for trauma
- Trauma Focussed CBT (TF-CBT)
- Degenerative Conditions in Neuropsychology
- Stress and Distress in Dementia
I have been working clinically within the NHS for over 12 years and as a qualified practitioner for over 8 years. I have experience of delivering psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions within primary care and community mental health teams, along with mental health inpatient, acute/general medical inpatient and care home settings. I have worked with clients across the lifespan but primarily with older adults and adults.
Therapeutically, I am experienced in working with all common psychological and emotional difficulties, including: anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment, dysregulated emotions, low self-esteem, coping with life changes and transitions, interpersonal and relationship problems, managing physical health changes and coping with cognitive changes. I have a special clinical interest in working with PTSD and broader psychological trauma and have significant experience in supporting clients to come to terms with and process difficult and traumatic life events.
As well as delivering psychological therapies, I also have comprehensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment of dementia and age-related cognitive changes, along with supporting people with dementia, their families and carers post-diagnosis.
My Therapeutic Approach
At the heart of my approach is a focus on developing a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental and trusting therapeutic relationship. I believe this is fundamental to the success of any psychological therapy and accuracy of any neuropsychological assessment. From there, I work collaboratively with clients to tailor our approach to their needs, drawing from a range of models as required. This integrative approach will likely include aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Schema therapy informed approaches, Selective Optimisation with Compensation (SOC) and Mindfulness. I can also offer more specialist trauma focussed interventions, including Trauma Focussed CBT (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).