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    Psychotherapy | Judith Staley

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist Portsmouth & Southsea


    Judith Staley

    BA (Hons), MS, MPhil, PhD, C.Psychol

    I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years' experience treating adults with a broad range of psychological difficulties, using short and long-term psychotherapy and psychodynamic group psychotherapy.

    Some of the problems I treat are:

    • Anxiety, panic and phobias
    • Depression and other mood problems
    • Traumas including sexual, physical and emotional abuse
    • Obsessions and compulsions
    • Relationship and sexual issues
    • Physical symptoms caused by emotions
    • Addictions and dependency
    • Personality disorders
    • Difficulties with identity
    • Chronic feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem
    • Eating disorders

    I am now working in person with patients who have been fully vaccinated, including boosters where available. I see patients in central Southsea (PO5). If you think you might be interested in psychotherapy, or would like more information, please leave me a message at 07706 464202 and I will return your call. It would be helpful if you let me know some suitable times for me to contact you.

    There is useful information on this website including Sources of Appropriately Chartered and Registered Psychological Therapists and also Recommended Reading.

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    Qualifications: I trained as a clinical psychologist at Columbia University, New York, starting in 1990. I completed my MS in 1993, MPhil in 1998 and PhD in 2004.

    Professional Registrations: I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), registration number 092915. I am also registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), registration number PYL 20181.

    Professional Experience: Between 1990 and 1998 I treated adults, children, adolescents, families, and groups of people in outpatient and inpatient settings in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan, New York, USA.

    From 1998 to 2010 I worked in the NHS treating adults diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health problems. I saw patients individually for short- and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, and in groups.

    Currently, I see individuals with a broad range of psychological difficulties and I also offer group psychotherapy. I see patients in central Southsea.

    Please visit my Recommended Reading page for suggestions that could be of help to you.

    Does Psychotherapy Work?


    Does psychodynamic psychotherapy work? The short answer is “Yes, psychodynamic psychotherapy has been shown to be effective. In fact many studies have shown that it works better than other psychological therapies, and better than medication.” Please read on ...

    Counselling or Psychotherapy?


    Counselling and psychotherapy are both terms used to describe talking therapy. Talking therapies are psychological treatments where you talk about what is troubling you to a therapist who is trained to listen empathically and respond to you in a helpful way. Please read on ...

    My Working Methods


    I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, incorporating Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT). RCT emphasise the centrality of the relationship between the patient and the psychotherapist in the healing process.
    Please read on ...

    Unhappy Child, Unhealthy Adult


    Childhood abuse and adverse circumstances lead to adult ill health. As a psychologist I am often asked whether being abused in childhood, or raised in adverse circumstances have consequences later in life.
    Please read on