Dr Lynda Teape
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the BPS and HCPC, with almost two decades of experience working in the NHS in addition to other statutory and private organisations. I completed my doctoral training in 2009 and am currently employed as a principal clinical psychologist within an NHS physical health setting.
Qualifications and Experience
2002 – BSc (Hons) Psychology
2009 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
2019 – EMDR Level 3 Training
2020 – Advanced EMDR Training
2021 – Compassion Focussed Therapy for Groups
2023 – Tavistock Certificate in Psychosexual Studies
Since moving away from academia and into clinical practice in 2003, I have been employed in a range of NHS settings, working primarily with working-age and older adults, alongside their families and carers. The services I have worked in include physical health settings (oncology and palliative care), adult mental health teams, older people’s services, crisis teams, inpatient wards, neuropsychology services (with people affected by both acquired brain injuries and progressive neurological conditions) and forensic services. Latterly, I have been working in urology and gynaecology within an acute hospital setting.
Therapeutic approaches and specialist interests
As a clinical psychologist, my training has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in using a range of therapeutic approaches. With a comprehensive assessment and a unique formulation for each individual, I am able to draw on elements of many therapeutic models to suit each person. My preferred approaches and those that I have specialised in since training, have been Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy (B-SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am now working towards a certificate in psychosexual studies, to be completed in 2023. These approaches are well-established and a strong-evidence base.
The advantage of an individual formulation and tailored therapy plan, is that the approach will be adjusted to suit the person and their goals. As such, I am pleased to be able to work with adults of all ages, experiencing a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. In particular, I have extensive experience of working with people and/or families of those living with a physical health condition or following a life-changing diagnosis. This has included working with people to manage challenging symptoms and treatments, coping with uncertainty, disability, adjustment difficulties and feelings of loss or grief when faced with an unwelcome change to your health, your future or your significant roles at work or in the family.
My specialist interest is in working with women and the particular challenges that they are often faced with. The kind of difficulties that I often work alongside women for includes coping with (peri) menopausal symptoms, life transitions (e.g. empty nest, divorce, retirement) and physical health conditions. We know that women are too often mis-diagnosed and under-treated for physical health complaints, leaving them doubting themselves, mistrusting of professionals and suffering with challenging symptoms. I see many women left feeling traumatised by their experiences but whom with the appropriate psychological support are able to take control of their health and receive the care needed.