Psychologist & EMDR Therapist
West Berkshire & North Hampshire
Mette is registered with the British Psychological Society and The Health Professions Council. She has over 15 years experience in working with individuals who are experiencing and presenting with a range of psychological difficulties, including depression, trauma related mental health difficulties, anxiety, and other emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as anger, self-harm, sexualised and harmful sexual behaviour.
Mette has a particular interest in working with children and young people, including those in care and those with multiple and complex needs.
Mette has published articles in peer-reviewed psychological journals, written book chapters, presented at multiple national conferences, provided supervision, training and consultancy to other professionals and lectures at both Reading and Winchester University.
Mette believes that each individual is different and thus works collaboratively with each person to find the right approach for them.
Mette has full DBS clearance to work with children and young people
My goal is to help each individual who comes to me feel welcome and safe in order that they can make the most of the service and thus reach their treatment goals as quickly as possible.
I am committed to continuing my own professional development through ongoing training and learning.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT) are a range of talking therapies based on the proposition that our thoughts, feelings, behavior and physiological responses are all connected and thus a change in one of these interconnected systems can cause change in the other systems (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). It is a directive, time-limited, structured approach used to treat a variety of mental health disorders. CBT aims to assist clients to develop more adaptive cognitions and behaviours by using and teaching scientifically verified strategies and working collaboratively with the client (Branch & Wilson, 2007). CBT is thought to be the most widely researched and empirically supported psychotherapeutic method (Fenn & Byrne, 2013).
The theory underlying CBT surmises that for long-term improvement in the client’s functioning, work needs to focus on modifying the underlying dysfunctional beliefs. Importantly, although therapy must adhere to the underlying principles of CBT identified below, it must be tailored to the individual and therapy is understood to be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, flashbacks, nightmares and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events.
EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation as a treatment of choice for post-traumatic stress disorder. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. The therapy involves the identification of unprocessed traumatic or other distressing experiences that are continuing to drive an individual’s psychological disturbance. The client is asked to recall the worst aspect of the memory together with the accompanying currently held negative cognitions and associated bodily sensations. Simultaneously they are directed to move their eyes from side to side, or employ some other form of bilateral stimulation (BLS). The effect is to desensitise the client to the distressing memory but, more importantly, to reprocess the memory so that the associated cognitions become more adaptive
While some features of CBT may be incorporated into sessions, I believe that everyone is individual and, as such, I incorporate a number of different models into the therapy provided. With children and adolescents I may incorporate more play-based approaches, such as a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy informed approach, sand tray work and therapeutic board games. Mindfulness is also frequently incorporated as a useful way to improve self-awareness and mental health.
The approach taken depends on the needs of each individual and will be fully discussed during sessions.
It is estimated that mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety, trauma-related difficulties, ADHD and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Alarmingly, the Mental Health Foundation estimate that 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. This is of particular concern as it is estimated that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. and that only 25% of children who need treatment receive it (Public Health England, 2016)
Sadly these difficulties are even more pronounced among children and young people in care, where it is estimated that at least 60% suffer some form of emotional or mental health illness. It is thus not surprising that the life outcomes for looked after children continue to be worse than for children who are not in care.
It has been found that early intervention can reduce the risk of young people falling into crisis and of longer term interventions in adulthood.
Mette at MW Psychological Services has many years experience in working with children and adolescents, including hard to reach young people, using a child-centered approach individualised to their specific needs. This might include the use of creative approaches, CBT, REBT, behaviour focused interventions, EMDR, psychoeducation, DDP informed practice and mindfulness. She is aware that without an experienced sense of safety and connection, change is unlikely and she will thus spend the time it takes to get to know a child or young person's history, current presentation and ability to cope before commencing treatment .
Mental health difficulties can have a profound impact on a person's quality of life, the lives of those around them and their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. It is reported that one in six people aged 16+ experience symptoms of a common mental health disorder, most commonly generalised anxiety and depressive disorders. It is also estimated that between 4-13% of adults develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event. Many of those suffering from mental health problems also experience physical health problems, such as asthma and high blood pressure.
At MW Psychological Services we believe that everyone has the ability to take charge of their own recovery, and we thus work collaboratively with each client to give them the tools needed to lead healthier and happier lives.
Individual Therapy Sessions are usually 50 minutes long. To make sure that I am the right psychologist for you, the first 1-4 sessions will be assessment sessions. There is no obligation to continue with therapy once you have started.
All fees are payable in advance.
Individual Therapy Sessions with children and adolescents are usually 50 minutes long. To make sure that I am the right psychologist for you, the first 1-4 sessions will be assessment sessions. There is no obligation to continue with therapy once you have started.
All fees are payable in advance.
EMDR sessions last between 50 - 90 minutes depending on what stage of treatment we are in and whether you are a child, adolescent or adult. There is no obligation to continue with therapy once you have started.
All fees are payable in advance
I offer bespoke training to professionals working within the educational sector, children's homes, social services or schools.
Please contact me for further details or to discuss further.
I offer supervision to professionals and clinicians working with young people.
Each supervision session usually lasts 60 minutes.
All information is kept in ACCORDANCE with GDPR guidelines and EVERYTHING we discuss is in confidence. the only exceptions are if you or others are at risk or if mandated by law to release the information.
It is really helpful to talk on the phone for me to get an understanding of what you are hoping to gain from MW Psychological Services and to ascertain if we are right for you.
RG18 3AP, Thatcham, West Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Please call me to book a session. Evening and weekend slots can be arranged.