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Psychologist Leicester, Psychotherapist Leicester, Therapist Leicester, Counsellor Leicester, Child Psychiatrist Leicester, Educational Psychologist Leicester

To book an appointment with one of our Psychologists in Leicester, please call 0116 326 6517 or email leicester@purplehouseclinic.co.uk


Here in Leicester, our team of highly qualified and experienced Psychologists and Psychiatrists provide a range of assessment and therapy services, including: adult mental health, child & adolescent mental health, child behaviour/ parenting, adopted children and learning difficulties. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral or referral of a family member) and from organisations (e.g. solicitors, insurers, schools, employers). Enquiries are treated with the utmost confidentiality.

 

Our Services

For Adults

We offer assessment and therapy for: depression, anxiety, OCD, post-natal depression, stress, low self-esteem, PTSD, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, phobias, bereavement, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia...and more.

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Psychologist Leicester

Child Psychologists & Psychiatrists

Our Child Psychologists can help with behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, post traumatic stress (PTSD), attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, adjustment to life events, low self-esteem, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia...and more.

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Child Psychologist Leicester

For Professionals

We offer training, workshops and lectures to organisations on subjects related to mental health, Psychology and child development. We also provide consultancy and clinical supervision services.

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Child Psychiatrist Leicester

Psychological Assessment

We offer in-depth psychological assessments and pre-therapy assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Assessments: mental health difficulties, emotional/ behavioural difficulties, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, learning disabilities, interpersonal difficulties, complex trauma (including adopted children), neuropsychological/cognitive difficulties and IQ testing.

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Psychotherapist Leicester

Psychological Therapy

We offer psychological therapy for children/adolescents and adults (individual, couple, family and group therapy available). Approaches include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)Schema Therapy and Creative Therapies.

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Counsellor Leicester

Consultation & Support

We offer consultation and support to the family members of a child or adult with difficulties, or to other professionals working to support that individual. We can provide formulation services, psycho-education, therapeutic parenting, behavioural support and other systemic interventions.

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Educational Psychologist Leicester

Client testimonials:

"fundamental change"

Choosing to have therapy at Purple House provided a fundamental change in my life. I started therapy with intense feelings of shame, self hatred and a bucket load of insecurities which felt like they were consuming my mind. I left therapy feeling nearly whole again...

"supportive & professional"

The Psychologist at Purple House was amazing. I felt safe with her from the very first session. She was supportive and professional and with her help I have been able to begin the journey back to truly living my life. She has changed my life in a very real way...

"transformed"

The Psychologist at Purple House suggested various interventions for our son which were implemented at home and at school. Following these changes, there has been a miraculous turnaround in his well-being. I can’t thank Purple House enough - our lives have been transformed!

"safe & comfortable"

I have been suffering from severe anxiety since I was around 12 years old. The decision to start psychological therapy was an extremely difficult one to make. When you suffer from such severe anxiety, it’s so crucial that you find a safe and comfortable environment...

"a lifeline"

...very quickly these weekly sessions became a lifeline for my daughter. She looked forward to her time at Purple House and was taught simple but effective tools and techniques...By the end of her time at Purple House, she was more confident, able to talk more openly with me...

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Our Team

The team at Leicester is led by Clinical Director, Dr Vicki Edwards. Dr Edwards and our highly experienced team of Associate Psychologists are supported by our amazing Administrator, Amy Bird. Our Psychologists are experts in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties - and are all trained to at least doctorate level. Please click on the profiles below for further information:

Dr Vicki Edwards, Clinical Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr Vicki Edwards

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director
BSc Hons, PGDipPsy, DClinPsy, CPsychol  

Expertise and Experience

Dr Vicki Edwards is Director of The Purple House Clinic, Leicester. Dr Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist, Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has over fifteen years  of NHS experience working in a specialist team within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Dr Edwards has expertise in working with children who have attachment difficulties and their carers i.e. foster carers, residential staff, adoptive parents and teachers. She is able to offer psychological assessments and interventions for a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, complex trauma and child behavioural problems.

Dr Edwards also has extensive experience of providing consultation and training to professionals, for example, foster carers, social workers, and teachers in areas such as attachment, self-harm, mental health and sexual abuse.

Dr Edwards has post-qualification training in attachment therapy, group therapy and supervision. She is a BPS accredited Clinical Supervisor. Dr Edwards has written and published within this area of research and presented at National and International conferences on the topic of child maltreatment.

Qualifications

2003 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Leicester.

1998 - Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (PGDipPsy), University of Nottingham.

1991 - Bachelor of Science (BSc Nursing), University of Southampton.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL03877

British Psychological Society (BPS): 088327

Division of Clinical Psychology and subdivision of Children, Young People & Families.

BPS Accredited Supervisor.

Specialisms

Child/Adolescent Psychology - mental health problems, behavioural problems, parenting and family difficulties.

Attachment difficulties, including Looked After and Adopted Children. Work with carers and professionals.

Family & Relationship difficulties.

Adult Psychology - PTSD, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

An integrated approach that is client-centred - focusing on building resilience, working with strengths and developing understanding of difficulties in order to develop full potential.

Post-qualification training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Attachment therapy), Group Therapy and Clinical Supervision.

 

Amy Bird, Administrator, The Purple House Clinic Leicester (Psychologists)

Amy Bird

Clinic Administrator
The Purple House Clinic, Leicester

About Amy

Amy is a working Mum with over 20 years of administrative experience in the private healthcare and recruitment industries. Amy’s role at The Purple House Clinic Leicester is a very varied one, overseeing the smooth running of the business day-to-day, and ensuring that clients receive a professional and helpful service. Amy is an empathic and considerate person, who always strives to do her best for everyone who contacts our service.

At the Purple House Clinic we are committed to providing excellence in service, and all of our administrative staff undertake continual development and training in areas such as data protection, information governance, safeguarding, customer service, heath and safety, first aid etc.

Dr Elizabeth Lee, Clinical Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr Elizabeth Lee

Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons), PGDip, DClinPsy, CPsychol

Expertise and Experience

Dr Lee is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages - adults, children and adolescents.

Dr Lee provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of common psychological issues including: depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems, trauma, child behavioural problems, children and parents struggling with issues around death and dying, loss, trauma, anxiety and adjustment to chronic and life-limiting physical health conditions.

Further to qualification in 2006, Dr Lee has worked in a range of settings, both in the NHS and privately. She has a specialist interest in trauma and neuropsychological rehabilitation and has post qualification training in Clinical Neuropsychology and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Qualifications

2015-2016 - EMDR, Parts 1, 2, and 3, Richman EMDR Training.

2009 - Diploma in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology, University College London.

2006 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.), University of Glasgow.

2001 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc. Hons.), University of Warwick.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL16482

British Psychological Society (BPS): 133862

Specialisms

Depression

Anxiety

Phobias

Obsessive compulsive problems (OCD)

Trauma

Child behavioural problems

Children and parents struggling with issues around death and dying, loss

Adjustment to chronic and life-limiting physical health conditions.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Client centred work

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

EMDR

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Systemic Approaches

 
Dr Sophie Davies, The Purple House Clinic Loughborough

Dr Sophie Davies

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
MBChB, MRCPsych

Expertise and Experience

Dr Davies is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She has worked in a number of different fields including Adult Mental Health, Old Age Mental Health and Eating Disorders. She has also worked with children and young people in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), becoming a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2016. Dr Davies worked in the NHS for 13 years before beginning private practice.

Dr Davies is experienced in working with children and young people with a wide range of difficulties and provides assessment and support for various mental health difficulties (see below). Following assessment Dr Davies will develop a care plan with young people and their families considering the most appropriate next steps.

Dr Davies is able to initiate and monitor medication for depression and ADHD (for example), often in collaboration with the patient’s GP. Dr Davies will also be able to consider therapeutic options with the family and considers psychological therapies, lifestyle interventions and psycho-education (understanding about the condition and difficulties) alongside medication.

Dr Davies is particularly interested and experienced in detailed assessments around complex presentations, including young people with potential ASD, ADHD - and the emotional and behavioural consequences of traumatic events and can diagnose and support multi-disciplinary assessments.

A Note on Medication: Dr Davies regularly prescribes medications e.g. antidepressants or medication for ADHD. However, these are powerful medicines with side-effects that need to be monitored, either by herself, NHS services or your GP. Whilst NHS services may agree to take over the prescribing - you will at least, in the first instance, need to pay for your private prescriptions which can be expensive. To avoid disappointment, it would be appropriate to discuss your requirements with the Purple House team or your GP prior to assessment.

Qualifications

2016 – Certificate of Completion of Training.

2008 – Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

2003 – Sheffield Medical School, MBChB.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

General Medical Council – 6075727

Royal College of Psychiatrists – 815077

Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Royal Society of Medicine

Specialisms

Assessment, medical treatment and monitoring of children and young people with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).

The assessment and medical management of ADHD.

The assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADOS, DISCO). Please click here to see Dr Davies explaining some of the difficulties and characteristics of this condition.

Dr Catherine Horn, The Purple House Clinic, Leicester

Dr Catherine Horn

Clinical Psychologist
DClinPsy, CPsychol

Expertise and Experience

Dr Catherine Horn, known as Kate, is a Clinical Psychologist. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who regulate to ensure the quality and safety of all Clinical Psychologists, and is also chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Kate has over 14 years’ experience of working in the NHS with children and families, adults and older adults.

Kate offers assessments tailored to the needs of individuals, couples and families for a range of mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, adjustment to life events, and relationship problems. She works using an integrated approach drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused and Systemic therapies and is a qualified Systemic Practitioner. Kate works with people affected by trauma, including abuse, loss, bereavement and accidents and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Kate is experienced in providing clinical supervision and has completed accredited supervisor training. She has training and experience in facilitating reflective practice groups for staff and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Leicester.

Qualifications

2015 - EMDR Parts 1, 2 & 3, Sandi Richmann, University of Leicester.

2007 – Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples, Birkbeck, University of London.

2004 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.), University of Leicester.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL17247

British Psychological Society (BPS): 129365

EMDR Association England & Ireland

Association for Family Therapy membership number: N9000065756

Specialisms

Adult Psychology (mental health problems, interpersonal and relationship difficulties).

Child & Adolescent Psychology (mental health problems, behaviour problems and parenting).

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Accredited Practitioner.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Systemic practice with couples and individuals.

 
Dr Danielle Grey, Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr Danielle Grey

Clinical Psychologist
BSc, MSc, DClinPsy  

Expertise and Experience

Dr Grey is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She has over 10 years experience of working in mental health and secure settings, providing evidence-based interventions across a range of psychological difficulties. Dr Grey’s post-qualified experience has been in specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, working with young people and their families who experience psychological distress.

Dr Grey provides psychological assessment for a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and low self-esteem. Previous experience of working with clients across the lifespan (children, adolescents and adults) allows her to use an integrative approach to provide idiosyncratic interventions that draw on a range of psychological models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Systemic approaches. Her broad experience has allowed Dr Grey to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and gain skills to work with couples, parents/ carers and families.

Dr Grey has also provided teaching, training and supervision to members of staff.

Qualifications

2016 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Leicester.

2010 - Masters in Forensic Psychology (MSc), University of Leicester.

2004 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc), University of Reading.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL34353

Specialisms

Psychological distress

Anxiety

Depression

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Low self-esteem

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

Systemic approaches

 
Dr David Gillan, Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr David Gillan

Clinical Psychologist
BA, MSc, PgDip. CBT, DClinPsy, CPsychol

Expertise and Experience

Dr Gillan is registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered as a Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Gillan is experienced in working with adults and provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, grief, obsessions/compulsions, trauma, loss, work-related stress, and relationship problems. Dr Gillan utilises several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Dr Gillan has worked in adult mental health in private practice for five years and public health for eight years.

Qualifications

2011 - Post-graduate Diploma in High Intensity Interventions (CBT), Coventry University.

2010 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Warwick.

2005 - MSc, University of London.

2000 - BA, Otago University, New Zealand.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL26165

Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS): 363652

Accredited CBT Therapist, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP): 170566

Specialisms

Adult Psychology (trauma, childhood difficulties, interpersonal problems, drug and alcohol issues, work-related stress).

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

 

Dr Victoria Watkins

Clinical Psychologist
DClinPsy, BSc

Expertise and Experience

Dr Victoria Watkins is a practicing Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Watkins specialises in child psychology and the parent-child relationship.

Dr Watkins completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Warwick and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester. Dr Watkins has over 17 years of experience working in both England and Australia, working in the NHS in UK, including Early Intervention for Psychosis, Youth Offending and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Dr Watkins also lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia for five years and worked with high risk youth with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. During her time in Melbourne Dr Watkins also worked in a private clinic specialising in attachment trauma and fostering and adoption support.

Dr Watkins has expertise working with children and families with a whole variety of difficulties from complex trauma and attachment difficulties to more general issues such as anxiety, sleep difficulties and behavioural problems. Dr Watkins is skilled at engaging complex and challenging young people.

Dr Watkins is an experienced supervisor and has completed accredited supervisor training. Dr Watkins has also been an honorary lecturer at the University of Coventry and Warwick, University of Leicester and University of Birmingham.

Qualifications

2004 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
University of Leicester.

1998 - Bachelor of Science (BSc. Psychology)
University of Warwick.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):
PYL20234

British Psychological Society (BPS):
442451

Specialisms

Child and adolescent mental health difficulties, parenting and behaviour issues.

Attachment trauma and fostering and adoption support.

Mindfulness skills and emotion regulation skills development.

Parent-child and family relationship issues.

Staff support and consultations for those working with trauma.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Child and adolescent mental health difficulties, parenting and behaviour issues.

Attachment trauma and fostering and adoption support.

Mindfulness skills and emotion regulation skills development.

Parent-child and family relationship issues.

Staff support and consultations for those working with trauma.

 

Dr Dimitra Hartas, Educational Psychologist, Purple House Clinic Loughborough, Leicester

Dr Dimitra Hartas

Educational Psychologist
BA, MA, PhD

Expertise and Experience

Dr Hartas is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Loughborough. She is a Registered Educational Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. Dr Hartas is experienced in working with clients of all ages - adults, children and adolescents.  She provides psycho-educational assessments and advice for a wide range of learning and behavioural and social/emotional difficulties, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum difficulties and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is an active researcher who has published extensively in the field of educational psychology and thus her psychological practice is underpinned by up-to-date research evidence. Dr Hartas offers expert advice to parents and schools on educational placements appropriate for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. She has experience with advising students with special educational needs and disabilities in academia and offers information on Disabled Student Allowance and other learning support available in Higher Education.

After obtaining her PhD from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Dr Hartas worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) with a focus on developmental disabilities and disability provision for disadvantaged children with a wide range of developmental and learning difficulties. Her practical work has developed in parallel with her research and teaching in the areas of Special Educational Needs and Disability at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has extensively researched and published on children's language, behaviour and learning and the interplay between academic achievement and family factors.

Qualifications

1995 - PhD Special Education/Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

1993 - MA Special Education/Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

1991 - BA Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (PYL25357).

British Psychological Society (083460).

Specialisms

Specific learning difficulties – dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD.

Social, emotional, behavioural difficulties.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders - ASD.

 

 
Dr Emma Tilbury, Psychologist, Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr Emma Tilbury

Clinical Psychologist
DClinPsy, CPsychol

Expertise and Experience

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Qualifications

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Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL28786

Specialisms

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Main Therapeutic Approaches

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Our Clinic Location

Our Leicester clinic is located in the city centre, within the city's historic cathedral quarter, on Friar Lane. In our beautifully appointed clinic, you will feel comfortable and at ease during your visit.

 

The Purple House Clinic

Rutland House

23-25 Friar Lane

Leicester

LE1 5QQ

call: 0116 326 6517

email: leicester@purplehouseclinic.co.uk


 

 

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