Associate Clinical Psychologist Dr Rachael Miller
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which monitors and regulates the practice of Clinical Psychologists. I have a provisional accreditation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), working towards full accreditation, and a foundation level accreditation from the Association for Family Therapy and Systmeic Practice. My Masters degree was completed at University of Birmingham and my Clinical Psychology Doctorate was completed at University College London.
I would describe myself as easy-going, reliable and warm. I currently work in an NHS forensic secure unit role, but I also see private clients in South East London on a Tuesday evening.
I have over 7 years of experience working in a number of clinical areas including mental health, learning disabilities, long-term health conditions and sexual health. My experience includes a variety of settings, including secure hospitals, social care, community services, GP surgeries and primary care services.
How I work
I like to work collaboratively with clients exploring their goals and hopes for therapy and using this as the grounding to consistently return to. Developing a shared formulation, or understanding, of client's difficulties can then inform the choice of a range of evidence-based psychological models and theories.
Types of therapies I have used
In order to ensure I am working in a responsive and person-centred way, I have used a range of psychological models and approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic, narrative, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). I have worked with both individual's and families, and have delivered group interventions, and online and telephone therapies. I also have skills and experience in neuropsychological testing.
Difficulties I have worked with
I have gained transferable clinical skills through my training and experiences, which allow me to work effectively with a range of difficulties. I have worked with people to help them manage difficultiies such as depression, panic, OCD, phobias, sleep problems, anger, low self-esteem, sexual health problems, adjustment and management of long-term health conditions, eating disorders, challenging behaviour, child sexual abuse, substance misuse, relationship difficulties, autism, learning disability and other neuro-developmental disorders, brain injury and obesity.
My thesis research focused on suicide and self-harm in the prison population, and involved a review of interventions as well as exploring the role of entrapment and relationship with their goals. I am currently working towards publication of this. I have a background in mental health advocacy and so am passionate about supporting others to feel empowered. I have lots of experience working with interpreters and working with the cultural needs of clients.