Diomidis Psomas, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist
I have been practising since 1997 in a variety of settings, including the military, and since 2004 in the NHS. I have in total over 20 years of experience working as a Psychologist and over 16 of those working in different mental health services in the NHS. I have had supervision training in Manchester University and have been supervising trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists for over 11 years now. For over 10 years I have been teaching Schema Therapy, as a guest speaker, on the doctorate of Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Manchester University.
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I use the therapeutic approach most suitable to the individual and their needs, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ since we are all different. I mainly offer approaches like the following; Schema Therapy, Person-Centred, Cognitive-Behavioural and EMDR.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology and I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (Registration Number: PYL21011). I abide by the BPS’s and the HCPC’s Ethical Code of Conduct.
Dr Heidi Ashley, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist
Many of us face challenges and struggles in life and a talking therapy can often help when these difficulties feel “stuck”. Psychological therapies can help you to better understand yourself and identify what changes may be needed to improve well being. A successful psychological therapy can make a real difference to how you are feeling.
As an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, I draw from several therapeutic approaches to create a professional therapy plan to fit your individual needs and strengths. I provide a secure therapy relationship within which we can work together on your difficulties, combining my psychological expertise with your own expertise in yourself and your life. Sometimes, learning specific coping skills can be enough to help you to move on but more usually I will think with you about the significance of your difficulty in the context of your life, such as what has happened to you and what these experiences may have meant to you, rather than try to address your problem in isolation.
I have years of experience offering highly specialist psychological therapies to adults with complex difficulties within the NHS. In my private practice, I work with a range of problems including stress, anxiety, depression, loss, self-esteem and trauma. More longstanding difficulties are sometimes linked to early life experiences and how we have tried to cope with these. For these issues, I specialise in using Schema Therapy and am certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy to practice to advanced standard. My therapeutic style is warm, active, focused and intense and I am often a good fit therapeutically with people who struggle with painful emotions, self-criticism, inner conflict or experiences of trauma, hurt and damage.