Dr Steven Lilley, BSc (Hons), DClin Psy., PG Dip, CPsychol., AFBPsS, GQHP.

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About me

I qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClin Psy) in 2005 from the University of Sheffield. This included rigorous academic and clinical training over 3 years of full-time study and placements.  I also hold a 1st Class (Hons) degree in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  You can see more details on my professional background on the link to my CV at the bottom of this page.

I have over 17 years’ experience of working in mental health across a range of settings, including secure hospitals, community psychotherapy services, and in physical health specialties.  I have worked with people who have been struggling with psychological difficulties, often for many years.  These difficulties have included anxiety, depression, habits and addictions, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress, histories of having suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and personality difficulties.

I worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for 10 years before moving into the independent sector.  I then worked as a senior manager and Head of Department in one of the UK’s largest independent sector providers of secure mental health services.  In 2014, I set up my own private clinical psychology practice based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. This has meant I have been able to operate in a flexible and responsive way that is driven by the principles, aims and ethics of my profession.

I now specialise in working with people who have suffered traumas in their life and continue to struggle with the effects of these, including ‘symptoms’ (anxiety, low mood, etc) and more general difficulties that impact on areas of their lives, such as relationships or just day-to-day functioning.  However, the extent of the training and experience I have means I can apply knowledge and expertise to helping people who experience a range of psychological difficulties.

I offer clinical psychology services to individuals and organisations, including self-referrals from members of the public, GP practices, solicitors, medico-legal companies, insurance and rehabilitation companies, and independent colleges.

My approach is one that considers the influence of early life experiences and current life stressors in the development of emotional problems.  I believe that the therapeutic relationship is key to helping a person explore and understand themselves better.  This can often lead to insights into how they might make positive changes in their lives.

I am based at Ransom Wood Business Park (NG21 0HJ).  Ransom Wood is easily accessible, non-stigmatising, and is in a relaxed and picturesque woodland setting.  It is within easy reach of Mansfield, Nottingham, Newark, Derby, and Leicester (immediately off the A617).  It has free parking and other facilities on site, including a restaurant.

Professional standards

I have Chartered status from the British Psychological Society (BPS), and I am an Associate Fellow with the Society.  The BPS is the representative body for Clinical Psychology in the United Kingdom. The society operates a Register of Chartered Psychologists who are required to meet the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise. Chartered Psychologists have to update their knowledge and training to continue to meet the required standards. I am also a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist. HCPC is the regulatory body set up under the authority of parliament to protect the public. Clinical Psychologists must meet HCPC standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.

I am Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).  This means I have undertaken an additional 2 years specialist therapy training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy that included a number of clinical and academic requirements to become an accredited member of the Association.  All members of this Association are required to abide by the main Code of Ethics governing the relationship between therapist and client.

More recently, I have completed accredited training in Clinical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy), which I ‘weave’ into my work with clients.  This would only be done with the client’s consent and with a clear reason for using it.

What you discuss in therapy sessions is confidential and information will not be disclosed to anyone else without your consent. Confidentiality is only broken if what you talk about indicates a serious risk to yourself or others.

My professional registration can be found at this link: HCPC/Steve Lilley