Dr Carolyn Lawson
BSc Msc D.Clin Psy AFBPSs
Stillpoint Practice, 25, Montgomery Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1LN.
Availability: Wednesday evenings
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Analytic Therapist
Whilst an undergraduate at Nottingham University, I had the advantage of studying with Professor David Smail, a clinical psychologist whose teaching inspired me to decide that I wanted to use my psychological knowledge to work with people with emotional and relationship difficulties. After a period working in the NHS, I trained as a clinical psychologist and qualified in 1985. My clinical training involved working with people across the age span and those with disabilities, as well as in specialist services.
Since qualifying I have worked in the NHS in a number of settings, including GP surgeries, hospice, and specialist psychotherapy services, but mostly in adult services for people with a wide variety of problems.
Psychologists are generally in short supply in the NHS, leading to long waiting lists or no access at all for a lot of people who could benefit from having time and space to talk. For this reason I trained in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), which is a focused and time limited therapy and very effective in helping people make changes in their life. I completed my training as a cognitive analytic therapist in 1998.
I have been working in private practice, alongside my NHS work for the past three years.
Change can be a difficult process but within a respectful, supportive and confidential relationship in the comfortable and safe environment of Stillpoint practice, it can be a real possibility.
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