Stella Dass

IMG_1898.jpgBA Dip Counselling in Primary Health Care, MSc in Counselling, MBACP, MNCS (Snr Accred), Dip CBT. CPT (CIPD Trained) and possesses a diploma in CBT.

Stella is a qualified counsellor with a first degree in Health & Community Studies from the University of Liverpool. Her counselling qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Counselling in Primary Health Care Settings’ and a Master of Science in Counselling, both from the University of Bristol.

Her integrative approach to counselling, embodied within a person-centred counselling relationship, uses different models to suit the needs of individual clients and their issues.

Her belief is that clients have the capacity in themselves for growth and the ‘tools’ or resources to effect change in their lives, and that often change can be blocked by various situations in people’s lives which do not allow them to reach their full potential. In her view counselling is a way of exploring these processes to allow the individual to discover meaning and the way forward in their life.

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Dr Liz Rigby

unnamedDoctorate in Clinical Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology

Professional Registrations or Membership: Associate Fellow British Psychological Society, Full Accreditation British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Practitioner Psychologist with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Liz has more than 17 years’ experience working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and more recently in private practice. She completed her Doctorate training at Leicester University, qualifying in 1999. Post-qualification she worked in adult community mental health services for 10 years. Since 2012 Liz has worked in an NHS Health Psychology service offering specialist psychological therapy to people suffering chronic pain. Liz is registered with the Health Care Professions Council and has full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Areas of Specialist Experience
Liz has extensive experience of adult mental health problems, providing specialist assessment and therapy to people with a wide range of difficulties. Liz also has expertise in clinical health psychology and self-management of long-term health conditions, particularly chronic pain, stress-related illness and medically unexplained symptoms. Liz has a special interest in supporting clients who have experienced trauma during childhood or as adults and has obtained post-qualification training in trauma-focused cognitive therapy.

Therapeutic Approach
Liz uses a range of therapeutic models and techniques, tailoring therapy to the individual needs of her clients. Her aim is to cultivate self-awareness and insight through collaborative therapeutic relationships and to work together with clients on strategies for positive change. She draws primarily on a cognitive-behavioural (CBT) perspective although also routinely incorporates Mindfulness training and acceptance-based interventions into her practice. She has training and expertise in use of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Trauma-focused Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy).

She is registered with a range of insurance providers: AXA, AVIVA, BUPA, CIGNA and WPA.

About Liz

Outside of work, Liz enjoys spending time with family and friends and unwinds by cooking, reading and walking her dog. She likes to go running and swimming regularly, to keep body and mind fit and healthy.