Dr Sheena Macalister: Psychology
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Dr Sheena Macalister

Psychology

 

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Specialises in

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

About me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience of working within the NHS. Whilst I continue to work for the NHS, I now also run a private practice in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am a member of the British Psychological Society.

There are many different reasons why people choose to access psychological therapy. However, many take the decision because they have encountered a level of personal distress in their lives and they would like to learn how to cope with this more effectively.

At times, the distress experienced may be a direct reaction to a traumatic or difficult life event, or series of difficult personal experiences, such as illness or relationship breakdowns.

For others, there may be a specific anxiety-based problem, which over time has become a significant problem in their lives, for example, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or social anxiety.

Whilst therapy cannot stop difficult life events from occurring, it can help you to develop the skills to more confidently manage any associated distressing thoughts and feelings so that these do not have to be such barriers in your life.

Another essential part of therapy is being able to use these skills to work towards meaningful change. I will work with you to guide you to think about what meaningful change will look like for you.

The approach I use most often in my work is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a mindfulness-based therapy. However, I am also experienced in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is another well-established psychological approach for addressing feelings of anxiety and depression.

The psychological approach offered will depend on the style of therapy that you feel will most effectively meets your needs; this can be discussed with you in your initial appointment.

Areas of interest

I work young people and adults who suffer with a range of psychological difficulties, including anxiety problems (obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, generalised anxiety) and persistent low mood and feelings of depression.

I also have a special interest in supporting people who suffer with chronic (persistent) pain, who are struggling to adjust psychologically to this problem and the associated challenges that it may have brought to their lives (e.g. impact on their social life, relationships and self-confidence). I have extensive experience of working within the field of chronic pain management within the NHS.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Pain management

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Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (1-5)

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