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- Applied Relaxation
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
My name is Rebecca and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 12 years post-qualification experience of working with children, teenagers, and adults in the NHS and private sectors.
My areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, self-esteem and the psychological impacts of physical health conditions including chronic pain and cancer for both children and adults.
For professionals working in Health, Education and other sectors, I also offer psychological consultation, supervision and training.
What to expect
I strongly believe in working collaboratively with individuals and families, creating a safe space to help people voice their concerns, work towards a shared understanding of their difficulties and move with hope and purpose towards their goals for mental and emotional wellbeing, using well-established, evidence-based psychological approaches to assessment and therapy.
I am trained and experienced in using a range of psychological therapies including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including Acceptance & Commitment therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Child-centred play therapy approaches
Mindfulness-based therapy approaches
I have a great deal of experience of creatively adapting CBT-based therapies to make them relevant, accessible and engaging for children and young people.
I would be very happy to discuss my approach to psychological therapy with you in more detail to help you decide on the best help for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Chartered Clinical Psychologist(CPsychol) with British Psychological Society, awarded 2006
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). University of Leeds, awarded 2006
Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health (PGCert). University of Huddersfield, awarded 2002
BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class). University of Exeter, awarded 2000
I am regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society. These both require that I maintain the highest standards of professional skills and behaviour, engage in ongoing professional training/ development and use regular clinical supervision.
I hold Enhanced status with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), as required for my work with children.
Areas of interest
Anxiety, Depression, Post traumatic stress, Complex trauma, Interpersonal difficulties, Bbsessive-compulsive disorder, complex loss/ bereavement, chronic physical health conditions including rheumatology, oncology and other illnesses, chronic pain management.
Adult work and child and family work.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Physical disability
- Rheumatological conditions
Current NHS consultant posts held
Physical health conditions, psychology and children
Gardening, swimming, creative pursuits
Dr Rebecca J Donaldson (nee Hames)
Donaldson R.J. (2015) Parents…. enjoying life? Contact magazine article, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
Donaldson R.J. (2014) Conference Presentation: Clinical Psychology in Paediatric Rheumatology. British Society for Paediatric Rheumatology Annual Conference, Leeds, UK
Youngson, S, Hames R & Holley. T (2009) Chapter 3: ‘If they don’t know themselves, they can’t help you find yourself, can they really?’ Service User Perspectives on Personal Development of Clinical Psychologists. In Hughes, J. & Youngson, S.C. (2009) Personal Development and Clinical Psychology. BPS: Blackwell, London
Hames, R.J. (2007) Conference presentation: Qualitative findings on Parent’s involvement in treatment decision-making for their child’s end-stage renal failure. European Working Group on Psychosocial Aspects of Children with Chronic Renal Failure (EWOPA), Lille, France
Price J.R., Mayou R.A., Bass, C.M., Hames, R.J., Sprigings D. And Birkhead J.S. (2005) Developing a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic: Qualitative studies of patients’ needs and experiences. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 59 (4) 237-246
Lucock M. P., Olive R.E., Sinha A., Horner, C.Q. and Hames, R. (2004) Graduate Primary Care Mental Health Workers providing safe and effective work: What is realistic? Primary Care Mental Health 2 37-46
Hames R.J. (2002) Conference Presentation: Qualitative findings on the development of a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic. British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR), Brighton, UK
Burgoyne, C. B. & Hames, R. (2002) Views of marriage and divorce: An in-depth study of young adults from intact and divorced families. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 37 1 75-100