- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Open Referral network
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience of working within NHS Adult Mental Health Settings.
I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and Accredited CAT Supervisor and I am the Trust Lead for CAT within my NHS role.
I see a few clients privately on Friday mornings in Leeds.
Areas of interest
I work with adults who are experiencing any form of psychological distress or mental health difficulty. This includes symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, childhood trauma/abuse, adult trauma/abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), self-harm, relationship problems, sexual difficulties, bereavement, personality disorders, problems with anger, eating disorders.;
In the early sessions of therapy, I will work with you to create a joint understanding of how your problems may have come about and what patterns of relating to yourself and others may keep you stuck feeling bad. We then work together to explore ways out of the problematic patterns whilst building upon your strengths and working towards your goals.
Current NHS consultant posts held
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trust Lead for Cognitive Analytic Therapy in Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. I have worked in this role for 20 years.
I see private Clients in Chapel Allerton, Leeds on Friday mornings.
My M.Sc research involved working with children who had been sexually abused and helping prepare and support them to testify in court.
My doctorate research explored the impact of childhood sexual abuse upon adult relationships. I also interviewed female survivors of sexual abuse and clinicians about their opinions and experiences of confronting abusers and recommendations for adequate preparation and support.
More recently, my research has involved evaluation of the use of a relational model to guide the work of mental health staff teams and minimise the likelihood of services repeating problematic relational patterns that may lead to iatrogenic harm.
Aldridge, J. & Freshwater, K.M. (1993).The Preparation of Child Witnesses. Journal of Child Law. 5:1.
Coleby, J. and Freshwater, K (2018) submitted to ACAT Reformulation “ The Idealised Care smokescreen – how the tools we share can be used to attack.”
Freshwater, K., Tanweer, T. & Walker, W. (2017) “Where should we keep Reformulation letters?” ACAT Reformulation. Issue 49, 8-12.
Freshwater, K., Guthrie, J. & Bridges, A. (2017) The Experience of Staff Practising ‘Five Session CAT’ Consultancy for the first time : Preliminary findings. ACAT Reformulation 48, 59 – 62.
Freshwater, K.M. & Aldridge, J. (1994) The Knowledge and Fears About Court of Child Witnesses, School Children and Adults. Child Abuse Review. 3. 183-195.
Freshwater, K., Leach, C. & Aldridge, J. (2001). Personal Constructs, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Revictimisation. British Journal of Medical Psychology. 74. 379-397.
Freshwater, K., Ainscough, C. & Toon, K. (2002). Confronting Abusers – The Opinions of Clinicians and Survivors. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. Vol 11, No.4. 35-52.
Freshwater, K & Kerr, I (2006). CAT Skills Training in Mental Health Settings. Reformulation 26 pp 17 -18.
Kellett, S.C., Ghag, J.,Ackroyd, K., Freshwater, K., Finch, J., Freear, A., Hartley, J. & Simmonds-Buckely, M. (2019) “Delivering Cognitive Analytic Consultancy to community mental health teams: initial practice based evidence from a multi-site evaluation”. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. In Press.
Leach, C., Freshwater, K., Aldridge, J. & Sunderland, J. (2001). Analysis of Repertory Grids in Clinical Practice. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 40. 225-248.
Leach, C. & Freshwater, K. (2005) Analysis of repertory grids in clinical practice. In Gilbert, P. & Miles, J. A Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Marshall, J., Freshwater, K. & Potter, S (2013) Adaptations of a CAT skills course. ACAT Reformulation 41, 6-8.
Marshall, J., Freshwater, K. & Potter, S (2014). Using Cognitive Analytic Therapy within a forensic setting: An overarching relational model. BPS Forensic Update 115, 46-51.
Case Study “Sam” in:
Ryle, A. & Kerr, I. (2002) Introducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Principles & Practice. Wiley. Chapter 10: “The Treatment of Personality Disorders”. 189-197.
- M.Sc. Clinical Psychology. University of Leeds 1991
- B.A. Psychology. (Hons). 2:1. University of Nottingham 1987
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin. Psychol.). University of Leeds 1998
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy Supervisor ACAT 2005
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner. ACAT Manchester 2000
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Health & Care Professions Council HCPC 2011
- Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy ACAT 2004
- Suite 01, Regent House, 15 Hawthorn Road, Leeds...
- 09:00 - 13:00
- 07920 051985
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)