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Dr Bryany Duggan - Clinical Psychologist
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years experience working with individuals who are struggling with psychological, emotional or behavioural difficulties.
I have extensive experience working within the NHS and for the charity Macmillan, with people suffering with chronic health conditions including CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, IBS, post-cancer issues and post-illness adjustment difficulties. I also work with individuals who care for others with long-term health conditions. Additional specific areas of expertise and interest include stress management, addiction-related difficulties, depression (including perinatal), bereavement, trauma, anger-related issues, shame, self-criticism, and anxiety (including health, social, perinatal and generalised anxiety disorders).
My values have guided my clinical journey to be heavily influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). I use meditation and mindfulness where appropriate, drawing on my own longstanding personal practice to aid this aspect of the work. Fundamentally, these approaches promote a deep connection with what is personally meaningful, and this guides all aspects of the therapeutic intervention. Within my NHS and Macmillan work I have been privileged to work with hundreds of people seeking, and successfully achieving sustainable, life-enhancing change.
Although ACT and CFT are fundamental tools with which I work, the greatest benefits often come from the safety and empowering nature of the therapeutic alliance between therapist and client. I believe that my greatest asset as a clinical psychologist is my commitment to the alleviation of unnecessary suffering and my ability to help others live a fulfilling life, even in the midst of extreme challenges. I will wholeheartedly commit to walking alongside you with authenticity, respect and compassion as you make this journey.
Aside from my clinical work, I am also an experienced researcher and have published articles in peer-reviewed journals across topics such as chronic pain, mindfulness, addiction and substance abuse. I was also involved in the development and evaluation of a CBT manual for therapists in 2003.
As a clinical psychologist I adhere to continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, post-qualification, and this is something I take seriously. I continue to attend professional and research conferences to ensure that my knowledge and skills are in line with current best practice. With continued study comes a deeper understanding and appreciation for the theoretical bases of therapeutic models, and enhanced skills training. As a consequence, I am able to provide bespoke approaches, tailored to your unique needs.
I am very happy to discuss your needs in a preliminary telephone call to help you decide whether to book an initial meeting. During our initial meeting we will begin to develop a shared understanding of your situation, discuss the therapeutic approach and consider whether we could work together effectively towards agreed treatment goals.
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All sessions are 55 minutes in length and £80, sliding scale available by negotiation.