Dr Kate Bexley  (Principal Psychologist / Director)

Thank you for visiting my page. I have over 15 years experience in helping people with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety (panic, social anxiety, PTSD, OCD, health anxiety, phobias) relationship difficulties, ‘life transitions’, anger, eating disorders and addictions. I am based in Sutton on the London/ Surrey border and do some face-to-face therapy (currently unavailable due to COVID-19) in surrounding areas, and online counselling UK and beyond. 

I have a specialist interest in helping people who feel like they are not good enough, people who feel like they are a bit of a fraud, as though their success is due to ‘luck’ rather than their own hard work, and feel anxious about being found out (imposter syndrome). This is often coupled with difficulties accepting positive feedback.  Underpinning this, can often be a desire to get things as close to ‘perfect’ as possible. I have found that many people who feel this way also tend to worry quite a bit and struggle to deal with uncertainty, which can cause anxiety and low mood (i.e. they may be struggling with generalised anxiety disorder; GAD). 

My approach involves a blend of traditional CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Experience Overview:

2014- Present – Principal Psychologist/ Director, Counselling Psychology Online (Private Practice)

2017-2019: Principal Supervising Psychologist /Clinical Lead, NHS, Surrey and Merton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
2016-2017: Senior High Intensity CBT Therapist, NHS, Merton IAPT.
2013-2014: Counselling Psychologist (honorary), Addiction and Support Service, Surbiton.
2012- 2016: High Intensity CBT Therapist and Supervisor, NHS. Hammersmith and Fulham IAPT.
2009- 2012: High Intensity CBT Therapist, NHS. Richmond and Twickenham IAPT.
2008-2010: Assistant Psychologist, The Priory Hospital, Roehampton.
2008-2009: Psychotherapist (honorary), Kids Company, Hackney.
2007-2008: Mental Health Support Worker, MCCH, Canterbury.
2006-2008 – Supportive Listener, Samaritans, Canterbury.

Qualifications Overview:

2018: EMDR Practitioner, EMDR Academy, London.
2016: Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City University, London.
2015: Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Anna Freud Centre, London.
2010-2011: Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, Royal Holloway, University of London.
2009-2010: Post Graduate Certificate in CBT (Expert Practice), Kings College, University of London
2008-2009: Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University, London.
2004-2008: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury.

Accreditations:

Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
BABCP  The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist