I’m Dr Ellie, a psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council.
Welcome to my private practice, Dr Ellie Psychology, which offers a range of psychological services to the general public, businesses and the media. I offer psychological assessment, diagnosis, therapy and wellbeing packages, both in person in my clinics in Liverpool and Wirral, and via online consultations. My focus is on helping people to get the most out of life by giving them the skills they need to overcome obstacles to their mental health and make positive changes to improve their wellbeing.
I first studied psychology at sixth form college. At that point I knew hardly anything about psychology and what it involved but thought it sounded interesting and wanted to study something new. Little did I know that it would be the start of my journey on the path to becoming a psychologist! I instantly fell in love with the subject and became fascinated with learning about human behaviour and the way we think and feel.
When it came to my undergraduate degree there was no question what I would be studying and I graduated with a BA (hons) in psychology from the University of Manchester. I then went on to complete a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University.
This is where I really developed my knowledge and skills as a psychologist and had the opportunity to work with children and adults of all ages through my training placements in the NHS and mental health charities. During this time, I also completed my doctoral thesis on people’s experience of giving and receiving a diagnosis of dementia, which has since been published in Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
As a psychologist it’s really important to keep up to date with the latest developments in theory, research and practice and I regularly attend further training courses to further enhance my knowledge and skills.
I have worked in a variety of public, private and research settings. In the NHS I have provided assessment, diagnosis and psychological therapy for people with a wide range of complex mental health problems. I have also worked in a specialist service for people with personality disorders, which is where I developed my passion for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), having seen first hand how it can help people in so many different ways.
I have also worked on research projects for the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s Hospital. At the Women’s Hospital I tested a package of care for women experiencing post-traumatic stress following childbirth. At the University I designed and tested a community-based intervention aimed at improving the wellbeing of pregnant and postnatal women.
I write a lot on the topics of psychology and mental health including a weekly column, Mind over Matter, which appears in multiple regional news titles across the country, a weekly blog and guest articles for websites and magazines. My work has appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan, More and Take a Break. I also provide expert opinion and commentary for the print and broadcast media.