Kathy Thwaites

Dr Kathy Thwaites

Clinicial Psychologist

Kathy has extensive experience working within NHS mental health and physical health services , as well as within the private sector, offering both short and long term psychological therapy with adults.

Having completed her BA ( Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester Dr Thwaites then completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Teesside in 2009. On qualification she spent five years working within NHS adult mental health services working with people experiencing a range of psychological health difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, childhood trauma, PTSD and relational difficulties.

Following this she gained valuable experience working within NHS physical health services supporting people managing the psychological impact of their physical health conditions including Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Cancer diagnoses. She also has experience within the private sector working with clients looking to make changes to their weight and eating patterns.

Within her private work she enjoys working with all of the above areas of difficulty and in particular is interested in the overlap between our physical and mental health, and the ways that past experiences / trauma can interact with this. She enjoys offering both brief therapy input focusing on a focused area of current difficulty, as well as longer term therapy that might explore past experience in more depth.

She is trained in a range of approaches and can offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy ( CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing ( EMDR). She also draws on ideas from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ( CBT).

In her work Dr Thwaites aims to make Clinical Psychology input feel as collaborative and accessible as possible for a broad range of clients, ensuring that the appointments take a pace and focus that feels right for each client at that point in time.