Dr Sarah Wallis BA(Hons) DClinPsy

HCPC registered practitioner psychologist, clinical psychologist and accredited CAT practitioner.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2000 and as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) in 2008. I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years and have also worked for several years as an independent psychotherapist. Early in my training I found that the dominant focus on changing thoughts in order to change feelings did not fit with my observations of how emotions are experienced in the body, and overlooked the importance of unseen and unconscious processes. I was therefore drawn to Cognitive Analytic Therapy which I found to be an accessible, adaptable, collaborative and effective model to enable people to make changes in their lives by bringing unconscious processes into awareness. I have recently been able to pursue a long standing interest in healing plants through the Heartwood foundation course in herbal medicine; this has confirmed to me the importance of the connections between mind, body and the natural world, and I aim to use a holistic approach in my work with psychological difficulties.

I have worked in community mental health teams, an early intervention in psychosis service, an acute psychiatric hospital, physical and sexual health settings, and in a psychological support service for NHS staff. My main clinical experience is in working with people who experience difficulties in interpersonal relationships, complex psychological presentations and the interconnectedness of physical and psychological difficulties.