Dr Heather Tomlinson BSc (Hons), PsychD
Qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in 2003 from the University of Surrey, Guildford. Currently works for the NHS, working in a specialist service assessing and treating Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over 15 years working with forensic inpatients in High Secure Services as well as Medium and Low Secure Services and 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 compassionate, 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
BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Surrey, UK
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) levels 1, 2 and 3