Individual adults for therapy.


I am passionate about helping those with mental health problems. I am used to assessing issues collaboratively with clients and developing a thorough individualised formulation to try to make sense of how difficulties may have developed and to use this to develop a plan for therapy. I use evidence-based therapies and am a believer that therapy should be time-limited so that clients are taught the skills to help themselves move forward with their life. Therapy doesn’t finish when the weekly appointments finished: it should give clients a different perspective and new skills which they can keep with them for the rest of their life.

As someone with their own experience of mental health difficulties I know at a personal level that therapy can be life-changing, but also very hard work and mentally exhausting at times. I firmly believe that therapy should be an equal relationship with the therapist and client working together to find new ways to cope and solve problems. Often a different perspective is what is needed to help you ‘see the wood for the trees’ and help your get out of vicious cycles. I am pragmatic and realistic in my approach to therapy: I know that sometimes a combination of changing what can be change and accepting what cannot be changed is needed.

I use the following evidence-based psychological therapies within my practice with the psychotherapy practice:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
  • Mindfulness.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

I can help adults with a range of mental health problems such as:

  • Depression.
  • Bipolar Disorder (this is an area of expertise and special interest for me).
  • Worry/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic attacks.
  • Phobias.
  • Social Anxiety.
  • Health Anxiety.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Drug and alcohol issues including where this use is impacting on mental health.
  • Psychosis and paranoia.
  • Low self-esteem, self-critical thoughts, high standards and perfectionism.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma (for example single traumas such as witnessing violence or accidents or multiple traumas such as sexual abuse). I am also experienced in working with related issues such as relationship and sexual difficulties and dissociation.
  • Complex grief.
  • Adjustment issues such as coming to terms with a chronic health or pain condition.
  • Emotionally unstable (aka borderline) personality disorder
  • Anxiety in relation to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Problem gambling.
  • Depersonalisation and derealisation.


  • £195 for a 90 minute initial assessment and formulation session.
  • £115 for each 50 minute therapy session.
  • £195 for 90 minute EMDR sessions.



BA(Hons) Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (graduated 2008).
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton (graduated 2013).

Additional training

• ACT for Self-Esteem with Dr. Joe Oliver, 2 days, 2018.
• CBT for Anxiety and PTSD with Dr. Nick Grey, 2 days, 2017.
• Teaching clients mindfulness skills with Dr. Maggie Stanton and Dr. Christine Dunkley, 1 day, 2017.
• CBT for Bipolar Disorder with Dr. Warren Mansell, half day, 2017.
• CBT for Negative Symptoms with Dr. Louise Johns, half day, 2017.
• Working with Trauma in Severe Mental Health, Prof. Lusia Stopa and Dr. Suzanne Sambrook, 1 day 2016.
• CBT for EIP: Back to Basis, Prof. Tony Morrison, 1 day, 2016.
• CBT for PTSD in Psychosis Dr. Craig Steele, 1 day 2016.
• ACT Bootcamp with Dr. Russ Harris, 2 days, 2015.
• ACT for Psychosis with Dr. Joe Oliver, 1 day 2014.
• ACT Training with Prof. Sue Clarke and Dr. Helen Bolderston, 4 days 2013 and 2014.
• DBT Training with Dr. Fiona Kennedy, 6 days, 2013.
• ‘Up to Speed’ DBT Training with Dr. Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley, 5 days 2012.


I worked for 8 years as a Clinical Psychologist in an NHS community mental health team for adults. I now work as Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Professional Registration

• Registered Clinical Psychologist with Health Care Professions Council.
• Accredited CBT Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
• I adhere to the codes of conduct for both of these professional bodies.
• I am ICO registered, DBS checked and fully insured.

Private Insurance Registration

I am registered as a provider with the following private health insurance companies: Allianz, WPA, Vitality, BUPA, Cigna, Aviva, Aetna Global Benefits, AXA PPP Healthcare and Healix Health Services Ltd.

My Research

I am an active researcher and am passionate about using research as part of my commitment to evidence-based practice and ensuring my clinical work is as cutting-edge and effective as possible.

Here are some of my publications relevant to my clinical practice with the Psychotherapy Practice:

For a full list of all my publications please visit:

Contact Tom


Mobile: 07816 675 401 (available to discuss from 4 p.m on weekdays and at weekends).

I work at the Psychotherapy practice on weekday evenings.

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Tom Richardson

Dr Thomas Richardson

B.A.(Hons), D.Clin.Psych

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist