Benefits of a Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologists have, as a minimum, completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, gained experience within the field of mental health, and completed a 3 year doctoral training programme. Clinical Psychologists are trained in a variety of psychological models, trained to assess and support a range of mental health difficulties, and supervised to refine clinical practice across a range of client groups and therapies. Clinical Psychologists draw on therapeutic approaches with clear theoretical underpinnings and a research evidence base. They are trained to make use of current research findings and NICE guidance (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) to inform individualised treatment plans.

Clinical Psychologists are able to draw on:

  • Comprehensive assessment skills and tools for a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties
  • An excellent understanding of developmental, psychological, systemic and attachment theories of human behaviour and well-being
  • A range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to suit individual presentations and treatment goals

Psychological Support

Psychological assessment and therapy can help you and/or your children make sense of experiences, identify factors which might be contributing to difficulties, support increased awareness, and develop new skills for coping. The aim of therapy is to give you the skills to manage your own emotional well-being now and in the future. Psychological therapy can support individuals and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties.

Psychological therapies can be adapted for children and adolescents, supporting them with emotional and behavioural difficulties at a level which suits them.

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Dr Joanne Peterkin

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (since 2012) and the British Psychological Society. I have worked across a number of NHS services in the region including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult, and Older Adult Community Mental Health Teams. I regularly use cognitive behavioural therapy, a cognitive analytic approach and systemic family work to support adults, children and families with a range of emotional difficulties, behavioural problems and mental health disorders (including generalised anxiety, social phobia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, difficulties with self-harm and anger problems). I have also worked in specialist services including paediatric neuropsychological rehabilitation and psychological services for fostered and adopted children. I am able to use Video Interaction Guidance to support families and have an interest in parent-infant mental health and attachment difficulties. I have specialist experience in working with young people who have experienced trauma, and loss.

I work collaboratively with young people, adults and families to help them think about emotional difficulties in a way that makes sense to them, and to identify and agree goals that they are motivated to work towards.

Alongside Peterkin Psychology Services I am currently working as a Specialist Clinician within Cambridgeshires Children's Social Care. As such, I am not able to accept referrals from those being seen by Children’s Social Care or Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption.