Psychologist Services

Psychologist Services in Leicester

A registered psychologist is qualified to treat people with 'clinical' diagnoses including depression and anxiety disorder or people with more complex issues like psychosis and personality disorder.

In order to be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist in the UK the professional must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). Many practitioners are also registered with the British Psychological Society, both of these bodies govern and oversee Psychologists working in practice to ensure that they work ethically and have all of the relevant training and qualifications.

When visiting a private psychologist, early sessions will typically focus on observation and treatment planning which may include asking patients to undergo a variety of tests that can provide information about intelligence, personality, and behaviour. Depending on the diagnosis and the psychologist's recommendations, treatment can begin once the initial assessment period is complete. Treatment may include further therapy sessions with the Psychologist or referral to other treatments and/or professionals.

Our Psychologist

Our Registered Practitioner Psychologist Dr Jenny Marshall, offers private Psychologist services from our Leicester practice. To see more information on Jenny and her qualifications, experience and registrations please see Our Therapists page.

Services provided by our Registered Practitioner Psychologist:

Psychological Assessments

A Psychological assessment is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behaviour, personality and capabilities. A psychological assessment may be undertaken for a variety of reasons, ie because an individual wants one, because a diagnosis is required, because an employer requests one or as part of court proceedings.

Psychological assessments can only be conducted by a registered medical professional, ie a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist.

During a psychological assessment at RHCP, our psychologist will use history taking and psychometric assessment to support a diagnosis, using the widely known and used DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. The use of specific assessments will depend on the client's presentation and reported symptoms or experiences.

We offer three levels of assessments, divided into the catagories below. However if you do not know which category you fit into please contact us to speak directly with our psychologist who will advise further.

Level 1. Basic assessment of symptoms and individual experience, and full report. This would usually consist of one appointment with a psychologist and a full report with recommendations. This type of assessment would typically suit those with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders and post trauma symptoms.

Level 2. Similar to level one this assessment includes an appointment with Psychologist and a full report, however this type of assessment provides a more in-depth assessment for more complex needs. This type of assessment would suit those with mental health issues, including psychosis, personality assessment, IQ testing and similar. Full report and recommendations will be given.

Level 3. This type of report is for 'official purposes' including court and employment tribunals. This will be a full psychological assessment. Also included in level 3 assessments are risk assessments related to risk of violence, sexual violence and sex offending and risk of domestic violence. Full report and recommendations will be made following the assessment. There is no set price for this, it would really depend on the needs, but a guide is between £500 to £1000. A personalised quotation will be provided to ensure clarity before proceeding. And the cost of the report does not cover costs associated with attending court to give evidence.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a psychological therapy for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), or problems managing their emotions. If you have self-harming behaviour or suicidal thoughts please read on:

Have you experienced the following:

  • intense negative emotions (anger, shame, guilt, sadness, fear), which you find hard to control.
  • impulsive behaviour to control your emotions, including self-harming, using alcohol or drugs, binge eating, purging etc.
  • unstable relationships and fears of being abandoned by others
  • feelings of emptiness
  • mood swings, with your mood going up and down a lot
  • suicide attempts
  • self-harming.

DBT was specifically developed to address these problems.

DBT suggests that in order to overcome these problems you need to learn how to control your emotions, and that the first step in doing so is to experience, recognise and accept your emotions. You can then start to reduce their intensity and let them go quicker. In DBT, you are taught specific skills on how to do this.

Marsha Linehan developed DBT from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and adapted it to meet the emotional needs of people diagnosed with BPD. CBT has traditionally focused on helping people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. DBT also helps you to change, but it differs from CBT in that it focuses on accepting who you are at the same time. DBT therapists aim to balance 'acceptance techniques' with 'change techniques'.

Acceptance techniques

Acceptance techniques focus on understanding and making sense of you as a person and the things you do. With these techniques, DBT therapists might point out that your behaviour (e.g. self-harming or using drugs) makes sense, even if it is not in your best interest in the long-term. It is often the only way you have learned to deal with intense emotions and has helped you to get through very difficult experiences. In DBT finally someone is saying 'yes, it makes sense' rather than 'no, that's wrong’.

Change techniques

DBT therapists use change techniques to encourage you to change your behaviour and learn more effective ways of dealing with your distress. They encourage you to replace behaviours that are harmful to you with behaviours that can help you move forward with your life.Having a ‘pushy’ therapist in DBT kept me on track with making changes in my life.

The therapeutic relationship

If you have BPD, you may find that relationships are a key factor in keeping you alive and motivated. Therefore, DBT places particular importance on the relationship between you and your therapist, and this relationship is used to motivate you to change.

Schema Therapy

The Schema-Focused model was developed by Dr Jeff Young, while treating clients at the Centre for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Young found that some people had difficulty in benefiting from the standard cognitive approach. These people typically had long-standing patterns or themes in thinking, feeling and behaving/coping that required a different means of intervention. Dr. Young developed schema therapy as a way of helping patients to address and modify these deeper patterns or themes, also known as "schemas" or "lifetraps."

The schemas that are targeted in treatment are enduring and unhelpful patterns that typically begin early in life. These patterns consist of negative/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings, have been repeated and course problems and distress in the person’s (and those around them) life. Examples of schema beliefs are: "I'm unlovable," "I'm a failure," "People don't care about me," "I'm not important," "Something bad is going to happen," "People will leave me," "I will never get my needs met," "I will never be good enough,".

Although schemas are usually developed early in life (during childhood or adolescence), they can also form later, in adulthood. Schemas are repeated behaviourally through the coping styles of schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation. The Schema-Focused model of treatment is designed to help the person to break these negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, which are often very tenacious, and to develop healthier, more positive alternatives to replace them.

Schema-Focused Therapy consists of three stages:

1. Assessment phase, in which schemas are identified during the initial sessions. Questionnaires may be used as well to get a clear picture of the various patterns involved.

2. Emotional awareness and experiential phase, wherein patients get in touch with these schemas and learn how to spot them when they are operating in their day-to-day life.

3. Behavioural change stage becomes the focus, during which the client is actively involved in replacing negative, habitual thoughts and behaviours with new, healthy cognitive and behavioural options.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy emphasises the important role of 'thinking' making links between how we feel and how that affects what we do.

In therapy there is a focus on how you think about the things going on in your life (your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes). You may explore your past experiences and how these relate to your current problems. You then begin to look at ways you can change or ‘break’ negative patterns of thinking or behaviour and process them in a more constructive way.

Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you stop these negative cycles, breaking down factors that are making you feel bad, anxious or scared so that they become more manageable. It shows you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is widely used within the NHS and the private sector. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

CBT has been the subject of extensive and well-documented research which has shown that after completing therapy, people continue to stay well for longer.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR. You are strongly recommended to only consult legitimate clinicians who have undergone a bona-fide EMDR training. The EMDR Europe and EMDR UK and Ireland accredited training organisations can be found under 'Trainers' on this website.

Psycho-Sexual Therapy

Sex is an important part of a healthy life and a healthy intimate relationship. In today's society we are constantly given messages about sexuality, and we develop beliefs about sex and sexuality as we grow up, beliefs are shaped by the messages and rules we are taught by significant people and institutions in our formative years. Despite sex being significant in our lives we often feel uncomfortable talking about our thoughts and feelings about sex, and you may have certain thoughts, beliefs or feelings about sex which are distressing or causing you difficulties in your life. There may be specific relationship issues, or personal thoughts or other things that you would like to change including use of pornography, preoccupation with sex, or lack of sexual desire.

Our Psychologist uses an approach which enables you to explore your beliefs, thoughts and feelings in a safe, non- judgmental way. The focus of this type of therapy is about understanding the function of thoughts and behaviours, to enable understanding and to support change in your sex life, leading to a more fulfilling relationship with sex and intimacy.

For further information regarding Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy or you would like to talk to one of our therapists please contact us for an informal chat.