Dr Paula Pearson
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons) MSc DClinPsy CPsychol
Yoga Therapist for Children and Young People
I am a HCPC registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working across the developmental life span. I have over 10 years clinical experience working within the NHS and private sector, in mental health and clinical health services. I draw upon a range of evidence based psychological approaches, in a creative and collaborative way, tailoring interventions to the clients needs.
I have particular expertise in working with the impact of early trauma, abuse and loss. As well as working with psychological distress that has arisen due to physical health conditions. I have a special interest in attachment and trauma informed approaches and somatic (body) therapy through the use of yoga and EMDR.
I first began practicing yoga back in 2003, whilst living in London and studying psychology. I continued to return to yoga whilst I focused on my professional career in clinical psychology. However, through my own embodied experiences of yoga, where I began to notice first hand the benefits both on and off the mat, this led me to naturally want to share these practices with others in my clinical work. Since this time I have gone on to complete additional training in mind-body based therapies.
Through my experience and skills as both a Clinical Psychologist and a Yoga Therapist, I am able to offer an integrative, holistic approach which is informed by Western neuroscience, psychological theory and Eastern mind-body based practices such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and embodied compassion.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Plymouth University
MSc Research Methods in Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London
BSc Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London
Continuing Professional Development:
Children and Young Peoples Yoga Therapy (200hr course, completed through Creative Calm, Manchester, which is accredited by both the British Psychological Society for CPD and Independent Yoga Network).
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Core adult training (Level 3, Robin Logie, Plymouth).
I am working towards becoming an accredited EMDR practitioner.
EMDR child core training (Level 1, EMDR Academy, London)
Foundation in Family Therapy. Plymouth University
Training in progress:
I am currently completing a foundation yoga teacher training course to be able to teach yoga to adults (300hr, Limehouse Studio, Cornwall)
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?
A clinical psychologist is a clinician trained to work with individuals of different ages with people who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or psychological difficulties. Clinical Psychologists are skilled in providing: assessments, psychological formulations which is a process of making sense of difficulties from a psychological perspective. They also provide psychological interventions, therapies and evaluation.
They aim to reduce distress and promote psychological well-being, working collaboratively with people to help facilitate meaningful change. Clinical Psychologists aim to minimise exclusion and inequalities. Drawing upon both evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
WHAT IS CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES YOGA THERAPY?
Yoga therapy is a holistic approach grounded in Eastern yoga practices and drawing upon Western neuroscience and psychological theories. Incorporating the use of breath work (pranayama), postures (asana), sound, mindfulness meditation and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). Yoga Therapy empowers children and young people with skills to feel at ease in their mind and body, to alleviate suffering and to feel more connected to themselves, others and the world around them. Yoga therapy helps children and young people to not only talk about their experiences but to notice emotions and physical sensations in the body and to release tension. Building upon self-confidence, resilience and promoting emotional and physical well-being. Yoga therapy can be delivered as a stand-alone therapy approach, in conjunction with other treatment approaches, and/or integrated with other psychological therapies.
DO SESSIONS HAVE TO INCLUDE BOTH TALKING THERAPY AND BODY-BASED PRACTICES?
No- At the end of the assessment process I may recommend a particular therapy or an integrative approach but this will be discussed together and a collaborative care plan can be developed. All interventions are tailored to individual needs and based upon the formulation and care plan.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Initial assessments (90mins) £150
Follow up therapy sessions (50mins) £80
Other bespoke clinical psychology and yoga therapy work is available on request.
Please contact directly to discuss funded therapy.
WHICH GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS DO YOU COVER?
Online appointments available
security, compassion, curiosity, connection, creativity
MIND-BODY- BRAIN: PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY SERVICES AND YOGA THERAPY
PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY SERVICES
Specialising in trauma focused therapies.
I offer psychological therapy for a range of difficulties including, but not limited to:
-Depression and anxiety
-Bereavement and loss
-Traumatic stress reactions, PTSD and complex trauma
-Feeling generally 'stuck'
-Low self esteem
-Psychological distress arising from physical health conditions and symptoms, e.g. chronic pain and chronic fatigue.
-Eating related difficulties
Psychological therapy approaches offered include:
Compassion Focused Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Psychodynamic informed therapy
All therapies with children and young people will also involve working with parents, carers and the systems which support young people.
All therapies are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and in collaboration with the persons goals and values.
1:1 and group yoga therapy sessions are available for therapeutic work. This involves an initial appointment, followed by an agreed number of sessions and a tailored made programme specifically designed to alleviate any particular mental health challenges. `All practices are non-invasive, trauma sensitive and can be used alongside other treatments or therapies as required. A yoga therapy session would typically include specially tailored practices: (pranayama) breathing practices, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) exercises, Asana (postures/movement) and mindfulness meditation practices.
Yoga Therapy provides children, young and their parents and carers with tools and practices to:
calm the ‘threat system’ and activate the 'soothing system'
promote regulation and improve interoception (perception of sensations from inside the body).
Supporting parents and carers to co-regulate
Empowering children and young people with skills to feel safe and at home in mind and body.
Increasing concentration attention and focus.
Enhancing connection with self and others as well as locating a secure base within oneself.
Cultivating awareness, acceptance, kindness and compassion towards self, others and the world
improving physical and mental strength and flexibility.
Yoga therapy aims to empower children, young people and families with skills to heal from trauma and psychological difficulties. Including difficulties such as:
- emotion regulation difficulties
-low self esteem
Yoga therapy can be offered as a stand alone therapy approach or integrated with talking therapies.
INTEGRATIVE MIND-BODY TRAUMA FOCUSED THERAPY
A specialist integrative mind-body approach for children and young people who have experienced trauma. Weaving together, body based approaches, such as trauma sensitive yoga therapy with neuroscience, psychoeducation and trauma-focused psychological re-processing therapy, such as EMDR and Narrative Therapies.
Trauma processing therapies aim to reprocess stuck, unprocessed thoughts, beliefs and body memories. This can be offered through a combination of evidence based trauma focused therapies such as EMDR or Narrative Therapy and combining with body based practices to alleviate somatic (body) symptoms.
All interventions with children and young people will involve working with the systems that care for and support children and young people, e.g. parents, cares, school and health care professionals.
Accessible therapy at your convenience.
CONSULTATION, SUPERVISION AND TRAINING
Consultation services for parents, carers, teachers and professionals
Supervision for applied psychologists, mental health professionals and yoga teachers working in mental health.
Bespoke training available.
Contact me today to schedule a consultation.