Dr Rebecca Oldaker

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and I can help children, young people and adults looking to improve their emotional wellbeing, reduce distress and/or assist those looking to make changes in their life. I offer both short and longer term psychological therapy.

I have a number of years’ experience working across both NHS and private settings and am skilled in providing psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to people wanting to resolve issues with the following:

–   Anxiety and worry (including obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, general anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, tic disorders and body dysmorphic disorder).

–   Low mood and depression

–   Work related stress

–   Post traumatic stress

–   Pre and postnatal difficulties

–   Sleep difficulties

–   Relationship breakdown

–   Loss, bereavement, divorce and other significant life events

–   Low self-esteem and body image issues.

–   Struggling to live or adjust to life with a chronic illness (e.g. cancer, pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, diabetes, epilepsy, stroke) and the impact this illness may be having on your identity, relationships and wellbeing.

I consider my specialist areas to be working with anxiety disorders, specifically OCD as I undertook my doctoral research project in this area, and working with people struggling to live with a chronic illness as this is my current NHS role. I am passionate about helping people reflect on the challenges they face and help support them to find ways of living a fulfilling and meaningful life in a warm and empathic manner.

Experience

I have worked with clients privately and in the NHS for over 10 years.  I currently work in a large teaching hospital in Surrey assisting and supporting individuals with chronic health difficulties including chronic pain, fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Prior to this post, I spent over four years working in a number of community teams for children, adults and older adults encountering a broad and wide range of needs and psychological difficulties.  I have also worked in a specialist OCD clinic in the Maudsley Hospital in Central London where my interest in anxiety disorders grew.  As well as being a member of the clinical team at the Maudsley, I also assisted on various research projects and publications.  Finally, I spent 2 years working in an adolescent eating disorders unit.

I am also a mentor to trainee clinical psychologists at the University of Surrey who are completing their clinical psychology doctorate as well as being on the marking panel for clinical reports.

Approach

The main approach I use in my sessions is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as other evidence-based treatments such as Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These are structured treatments are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE; https://www.nice.org.uk/) for many psychological problems. Furthermore, I may also draw upon ideas from systemic family therapy, solution focused therapy and object relations approaches in an effort to get the best understanding I can of what your needs are and how best to move forward.

In terms of sessions, typically, we would meet for one (or two) assessment sessions whereby we would explore and discuss the challenges and difficulties you are facing. We would think through how this issue may have arisen and how it is being maintained (possibly despite your efforts to change things). Your narrative combined with psychological theory helps gives us the best platform to understanding what is occurring. This latter part is known as the formulation stage and we use this to help direct and guide the therapy sessions.

Qualifications

Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Surrey (PsychD). BSc Human Psychology – University of Surrey (BSc (Hons)).

Memberships

– Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) – Membership number 201881

– Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology in the BPS

– Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professional Council registration number PYL31162

Type of clients

– Children

– Young people

– Adult

Fees

£90 per session lasting 50-60 minutes.

Additional information

I adhere to strict guidelines proposed by the HCPC and BPS including confidentiality around note taking, information sharing and session content. We will discuss this further in our first session together so you are clear on such policies.

Main eaves office

Farnham – Tuesday evenings.

Contact info

Please do not hesitate to contact me on info@rebeccaoldaker.co.uk or call or text 07752 061969.