Dr Catherine Eekelaar

I am a chartered clinical psychologist providing psychological assessment, therapy and consultation in the Surrey and South West London areas. I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), a Masters in Health Psychology (MSc), and an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BA). I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I specialise in working with people experiencing distress around eating, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and associated body image issues. I also work extensively with adults and young people with a range of emotional difficulties and personal issues.

I enjoy working with clients and supporting them towards their desired goals and objectives. I take a non-judgemental stance and aim to help clients discover their own strengths and resilience from within to enable them move forward in their lives.

Experience

I have worked within the NHS, private settings and overseas as a qualified clinical psychologist. I have worked in specialist eating disorders services (both community and inpatient settings), and in general mental health services. As well as having specialist experience with eating problems, I have worked extensively with young people and adults with a range of difficulties, including anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety and OCD), depression, low self-esteem and trauma.

Approach

Sometimes talking to a professional can help us during difficult periods of our lives – it can help us make sense of things, feel less alone, and find ways to move forward. I endeavour to work with clients to understand what is going on that has led them to seek help. I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches in order to identify unhelpful patterns and coping strategies that might be contributing to distress and work collaboratively with the client to start the process of change. Evidence-based approaches that I regularly draw on include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) – Canterbury Christ Church University (2011)

Masters in Health Psychology (MSc) – University of Sussex (2005)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) – University of Sussex (2004)

Types of Clients

As mentioned above, I have a specialist interest in working with people experiencing eating distress and disorders. I also work with adults and young people experiencing a range of emotional and personal problems. These may include anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem and trauma.

Main Eaves Office

I am mainly based in the Guildford office but can be flexible. My availability for appointments is currently Friday afternoons and some Saturday mornings.

Contact Details

Telephone: 07496288241

Email: dr.eekelaar@gmail.com

Website: www.dreekelaar.co.uk