DR TERRI PORTER
Making the decision to speak to a psychologist can be a big step, and in some cases it can take someone months or years to feel able to reach out for support. I recognise that therapy can be an unfamiliar and often anxiety provoking experience and therefore my priority is to offer a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space to talk. Feeling that you are in a safe place where you can trust your therapist, I feel, is the foundation of successful therapy.
I take a collaborative approach to therapy and recognise that whilst I may hold knowledge of psychology and therapy models, nobody will know more about your experience than you do. Working together, we can develop a shared understanding of why you are experiencing the problems you are at this particular time, and work out what could be keeping these problems going. Once we have a clear understanding of the problems you are facing, we can work towards making positive changes in your life and reducing your distress.
I have worked in NHS mental health services for 8 years in a range of settings including adult and children’s services. Since qualifying, I have worked as a clinical psychologist in an NHS psychological therapies service for adults. Many of the people I work with experience psychological distress as a consequence of difficult and often traumatic life events. I work predominantly using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and third-wave CBT approaches such as Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). This way of working can often be very useful for people who struggle with managing stress, low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem or low self-confidence, and overcoming difficult or traumatic experiences, including those experiencing PTSD. However, I am trained in a range of therapy models and can integrate different psychological approaches to suit your needs.
I hold degrees from the University of Sussex, the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, and most recently I completed my doctoral training at the University of Surrey.
I currently offer sessions from a clinic space in Hackney, East London.