Who do we work with?

Over the years we have worked with people from all works of life and can support you in whatever issue you are facing.

We provide individual sessions for children, teenagers and adults. We also work with couples and families.

Our therapeutic approach

As chartered clinical psychologists, we use a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and systemic models in our therapeutic work.

Stephen is a trained practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a NICE recommended technique often used in the treatment of trauma.

What issues can we help with?

Our varied background and experience means that we provide psychological therapy for a wide range of problems. Issues that we work with on a regular basis include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Family issues
  • Couple problems
  • Divorce or separation
  • Post-natal depression
  • Anger management
  • Mental health
  • Personal development
  • Age related problems
  • Health related concerns
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual identity
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosexual Health
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Emotional Problems
  • Personality Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Misuse
  • Behavioural issues (children and adolescents)
  • Emotional Problems
  • Psychosis
  • Bi-polar Issues


As chartered clinical psychologists we are able to provide a range of therapies including:

Is therapy right for you?

The world of mental health can be pretty confusing at times. Sometimes you just know that something is wrong and that you need help. However, putting a label on your problem or knowing what kind of help you might need is another matter.

If you find yourself in this situation, please get in touch. Part of our job as psychologists is to help you make sense of things and to support you as you find your way forward.


Our prices are competitively priced in line with other consultant-level psychologists in the area. They reflect the high quality of our training, experience and the excellent service that our clients require.

Sessions at Briers O’Neill last 50 minutes and our prices are as follows:

Individual and couple therapy sessions £85.00 per hour
Routine letters and correspondence £40.00 per hour
Formal assessment reports Quoted individually

For further details about what you can expect from us, please consult our terms and conditions.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This is a well-validated and increasingly popular treatment that helps you understand the way your thoughts, feelings and behaviour mutually influence each other. By learning to interpret situations differently and challenge ‘irrational’ beliefs you can often change your emotional response and learn more adaptive ways of responding and coping.

Psychodynamic approaches

Psychodynamic work originated in the theories about the unconscious mind devised by Sigmund Freud. Freud believed that a lot of psychological problems stem from conflicts buried within our subconscious and that by identifying these in therapy people can often free themselves from their symptoms. Analytic approaches are often useful for clients wishing to explore the impact of past experiences or who just want to understand themselves better.

Systemic approaches

As the name suggests, this approach maintains that the psychological problems attributed to individuals often serve hidden purposes within the family system as a whole. Systemic therapy helps families to recognise and shift relational dynamics that can unwittingly keep a problem ‘live’. It can be useful in addressing longstanding conflicts and in developing healthier and more productive ways of relating to one another.

Behavioural Therapy

Based on theories of classical conditioning that imply emotional problems are often maladaptive responses to particular environmental triggers, Behavioural therapy is about unlearning past associations and creating more helpful responses and associations. Problem behaviours at home and at school often respond well to a Behavioural approach.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming

Pioneered by Dr Francine Shapiro, EMDR was originally developed as a treatment for people who were suffering from the effects of trauma. By providing bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movements, tapping or tones, the brain is enabled to process traumatic material that otherwise remains ‘frozen’ and can lead to flashbacks and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. However EMDR is now also being used to treat an increasingly broad range of psychological conditions.