Dr Gina Wieringa

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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

ginawieringa@hotmail.co.uk

I have always been passionate about supporting people with mental health concerns to
better understand and overcome their difficulties. I offer either face to face or remote therapy
in a safe and non-judgmental environment, using evidence based approaches tailored
according to individual need.

From previous experience working with individuals presenting with difficulty, I have
developed an appreciation of the importance of attending to the holistic needs of an
individual when addressing mental health and well-being and believe my work can be
effectively supported with alternative approaches to care, such as Reiki and Yoga. I prefer
not to label people according to their diagnosis, instead seeing mental health problems as
understandable patterns of behaviour which individuals have developed in order to cope with
difficult circumstances. I am interested in helping individuals to better understand the origin
and function of these patterns so that they can develop more healthy ways of relating to
themselves and to others.

In my career to date, I have worked in diverse settings with individuals trying to cope with
debilitating symptoms of their traumatic experiences. Whatever the nature of this trauma, I
provide a safe space to help an individual to process these experiences, in order to help
support them to improve their current and future wellbeing. I routinely use an integrative
approach to therapeutic interventions, as I believe this helps to best meet individual need
and maximise quality of care. I have particular interest in acceptance and commitment
therapy, alongside compassion based approaches. All interventions are collaboratively
developed and determined according to the individual’s presenting difficulties, in order to
support co-production of care. I have experience of delivering interventions based on the
principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, but typically prefer third wave cognitive
approaches. These approaches typically focus on the context and functions of an individual’s
internal experiences, appreciating that this context is fundamental in order to understand
someone’s distress. They also attend to the importance of identifying and connecting with
our values, as a way to facilitate our engagement with what truly matters in our lives. In
times of distress, it is understandable that we can lose sight of our values, thus this is
something I focus on in our work together to help you to re-connect with the person you want
to be going forward.

I recognise that, for many, a mental health diagnosis can help provide certainty to their
experiences and enable them to access the most appropriate form of support. In terms of the
support that I offer, I typically work with people who may attract a diagnosis of any of the
following:

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (for single or multiple traumas)

• Mood difficulties (e.g. depression, mood instability)

• Anxiety disorders (e.g. OCD, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety)

• Neurological conditions

• Low self-esteem

• Chronic Pain and fatigue

I offer a free, 15 minute initial appointment to will discuss how you view your difficulties and
how you would like to work with me and what you want to get out of therapy. We can think
together about what sort of approach would suit you best. I normally suggest that we meet
weekly to start with, but that is not fixed in stone. The therapeutic approaches I use to
support people include:

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) )

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

• Mindfulness

• Compassion Focused Therapy

Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) (Reg. No. PYL039880)

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