Dr Rachel Gould

Dr Rachel Gould

Dr Rachel Gould is an empathic Clinical Psychologist, who enjoys working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of issues. She particularly values helping people with mood, worry and distress problems that might originate either from the past or from more recent events.

Rachel is focussed on compassionate and collaborative approaches to treatment, which she believes will help to alleviate distress, resolve problems and increase wellbeing. Her training as a Clinical Psychologist enables her to work in a flexible and responsive way, with a range of theoretical and evidence-based therapeutic approaches. She draws on the most appropriate models of practice according to your needs and preferences.

In particular, Rachel recognises that no two people are the same, and that it is important to understand you as an individual. For therapy to be effective, she believes it is vital to build a strong therapeutic partnership together in a safe and supported environment. Thus, in therapy, she will take time to listen and carefully develop with you an approach that is tailored to your needs. Her aim is for you to draw on your existing strengths and further develop your attributes and skills.

Rachel has additional specialist qualifications and more than ten years experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She may utilise a newer form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), which can be helpful in identifying and developing your strengths. She also utilises Interpersonal Exploratory Therapy, Mindfulness and cognitive analytical theory. She has particular interests in working with past and recent Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Self-esteem, but also works with a variety of emotional, behavioural and relational issues.

Background

Rachel qualified as a Psychologist in Melbourne in 1993 and worked in adult community mental health and trauma services and also had a private practice before moving to the UK in 2001. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the University of Manchester. She worked in UK community adult and early intervention services with clients and families to treat adolescent and adult mental health difficulties. She led and developed staff teams and provided clinical supervision to many Clinical Psychologists and therapists.  In 2016, she received an award for compassionate leadership, in North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, based on staff nomination. Rachel understands the importance of maintaining high standards of practice. She attends regular clinical supervision with peers and qualified supervisors, continuing professional development and training.

Areas of Work

  • Adjustment difficulties and life transitions
  • Anxiety, worry and stress
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Childhood difficulties
  • Depression and low mood
  • Eating difficulties, weight management
  • Experiences of abuse – emotional, physical, sexual
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Health Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive difficulties
  • Panic
  • Phobias and fears
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Self-criticism, shame
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2005
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, University of Manchester, 2009
  • Master of Psychology, Monash University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours), University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Endorsement in clinical psychology with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Member, Compassionate Mind Foundation