Dr Heather Tomlinson BSc (Hons), PsychD
Qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in 2003 from the University of Surrey, Guildford.
Working in the NHS for over 20 years and appointed to Lead Clinical Psychologist in January 2021 for the Assertive Intervention and Stabilisation Team within the EUPD pathway, providing intensive short term psychologically inform intervention for people who have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and / or presenting with high emotional distress and high risk behaviours.
Previously worked with the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service who specialise in assessing and treating Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over 15 years working with forensic inpatients, primarily in High Secure Services, with experience in Medium and Low Secure Services. Experience working with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) for West Berkshire.
Considerable experience working with a range of presentations and psychological difficulties such as; various offending behaviours, challenging behaviours, personality disorder, psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression, living with cancer, grief and bereavement (including loss of pets), relationship difficulties, child sexual abuse, substance misuse, violent, anger and aggressive behaviours, suicidal behaviours, self-harm, attachment difficulties, emotional dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD.
Preferred psychological approach is both trauma informed and compassion focused with other psychological principles being drawn upon if appropriate, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2007 and use this technique extensively in the therapeutic work.
Areas of Expertise and Interest:
Working with individuals with personality disorder
Working with PTSD and Trauma
PsychD in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey, UK (2003)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Surrey, UK (1998)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) levels 1, 2 and 3 (2007)