Trainees

Services for psychologists before, during and after training

During and after my doctorate, I developed a strong interest in practitioner psychology training. Over the last 12 years, I have worked on selection panels and interview teams for clinical training, as well as taking a range of roles in clinical and counselling psychology doctoral programme teams.  Most recently I have worked as course leader and head of programmes for counselling psychology at Regent’s University London and programme external examiner for the doctorate in clinical psychology at Plymouth University. Alongside this, I set up metrotherapy in 2007, and until 2014, my colleagues and I provided personal therapy, supervision, consultancy, mock interviews and interview preparation workshops to graduate, trainee and newly-qualified clinical psychologists. Since 2014, we have been working independently, but I am happy to continue to offer all of the following services.

Therapy, academic consultation, clinical and research supervision

I am an experienced NHS and third-sector supervisor, and have supervised very many clinical and counselling psychology trainees in both clinical and research settings. In my private practice, I provide research support, academic consultation, research supervision and psychotherapy at my trainee rate of £60 per 50 minute session. I am trained in psychoanalysis as well as clinical psychology, and many trainee psychologists have come to me for supervision and therapy to help them bridge the gap between psychology and psychoanalysis. I am particularly interested in this kind of work, so do check out my page on supervision or contact me if you would like to know more.

Preparation to apply and interview for psychology doctoral training

I’ve interviewed over a hundred psychologists for training and jobs, and read several hundred more applications! Over this time, I have become skilled at troubleshooting unsuccessful applications, and providing targeted and customised feedback to enhance performance. My service is not simply ‘coaching to pass’, I provide detailed assessment and formulation of strengths and weaknesses, and guide you towards presenting yourself at your very best on applications and interviews. For those who feel new to, daunted by, or confused about training or job applications, I offer critiques of your form at the rate of £60 (including your choice of 30 minute face-to-face feedback session or e-mail feedback). I can also give feedback on your answers to past papers of selection tests for clinical training at similar rates; please contact me with your requirements.

A growing part of the work is offering targeted advice and consultation to applicants to clinical training who have previously been unsuccessful. To help with this, I have developed a new package to identify weaknesses in your skill set and experience, and help you remedy these. For £150, I will offer you an e-mail consultation to discuss your concerns, before I review your application to identify potential areas of intervention. Following discussion of these by e-mail, I will invite you to a 25 minute face-to-face mock interview formulated specifically for you, to interrogate your competence in these areas of concern. Following this, I will work with you in a 50 minute feedback and advice session, giving general impressions and specific competency-related suggestions for how to improve performance.

If you just need some interview practice, a mock interview and feedback session, customised to your particular requirements, is priced at £79 for 50 minutes (25 minutes interview and 25 minutes feedback – suited for a single focus: research, clinical or personal) and £120 for 90 minutes (45 minute mock interview and 45 minute feedback – suited for a deeper or wider coverage of areas).

Group sessions

If you can get two or more people together, I’m happy to offer any of the above services to a small group, and tailor the sessions to your particular requirements. Contact me if you would like to discuss this in further detail.

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