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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
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Introducing Dr Dean Goodchild
I am a Counselling Psychologist (doctoral level, QCoP) with additional training in personal therapeutic work. My private practice has been growing for over 10 years. Many of my referrals come from recommendations by past clients. I work with a range of people, from those who believe that life could offer more, up to people suffering psychotic states. Problems include anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. I help people to find pathways towards health and success.
I provide an empathic, warm and genuine therapeutic presence. I recognise you as the expert in your life. This sensitive work is confidential and I cultivate a safe and non-criticising stance, whatever your circumstances. As our work progresses, my clients and I often find humour and lightness in our talking. I aim for self-acceptance, recognition of strengths, understanding and meaning, leading towards a greater integration of mind and positive change.
My doctoral training included several therapeutic approaches, CBT and trauma focussed CBT, Person-centred and Psychodynamic therapy for example. I chose to study therapeutic play and Gestalt therapy for my work with young people. More recently, I have developed expertise in Attachment theory, Mentalisation based therapy and Narrative approaches to mental distress.
Personal and professional biography
I was born in Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, and raised in a hardworking family. I studied psychology, because like many of us in this profession, I wanted to understand my own experiences. I have been married for 28 years, and now have two grown up children. My daughter has severe quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Disability, stress and illness can reduce our coping ability and test our resilience. Like many people, I have experienced loss.
I graduated in Psychology in 1984, going on to work with adults suffering mental health problems and then with children and families. I managed teams of social workers for Kent County Council before qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist in 2009. This experience taught me how psychological conditions exist in the context of our family and social situations, rather than being purely clinical or behavioural in nature. Now, I have ten years post-doctoral experience in private practice. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
For thirty-five years I have worked with people suffering many kinds of distress, relationship/family problems and mental illness. My personal experience enhances my vocational learning, giving me insight into the distress that people suffer, how to understand and treat such problems. I have had professional involvement with most of the circumstances and situations that people encounter. Therefore, whilst your situation is entirely unique to you, most probably I will have worked with others in a similar situation. I find my experience helps me to orientate quickly toward the relevant issues. Yet, I always keep an open mind because everyone is an individual, unique and special.
Areas of interest
People having problems, suffering distress or illness such as below:
Depression or melancholia;
Mourning bereavement/ loss of hope or other significant loss;
People constrained by Anxiety in all its forms/ phobias, OCD, General Anxiety, Social and Health anxieties;
Marital or partnership problems;
Substance dependence and Addictions including pornography;
Complex Trauma from childhood abuse or neglect;
Work based problems: relationships, overwork, work-stress;
Children and Young People’s problems;
Feeding and eating problems;
Psychotic problems/ hearing voices or having strange thoughts;
Love and unrequited love.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Physical disability