Dr Thomas Richardson
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
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).
I can help adults with a range of mental health problems such as:
- Bipolar Disorder (this is an area of expertise and special interest for me).
- Worry/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic attacks.
- 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
BA(Hons) Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (graduated 2008).
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton (graduated 2013).
• 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 have more than 5 years’ experience working in an NHS community mental health and early intervention in psychosis team in with adults with a range of mental health problems.
Within my work since qualifying I have had a number of leadership and management roles and work to develop new therapies and interventions to suit client’s specific needs. I have supervised several staff and taught at the University of Southampton on several areas such as Bipolar Disorder, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness.
• 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.
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:
• Richardson, T., Dasyam B., Courtney, H., White, L., Tedbury, J., Butt, J., & Newman-Taylor, K. Predictors of disengagement with psychological therapy for psychosis in the NHS: A retrospective analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Epub ahead of print. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjc.12222
• Raman, S. & Richardson, T. An evaluation of predictors of dropout from Emotional Coping Skills programme in a community mental health service. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, In Press.
• Courtney, H., White, L., Richardson, T., Dasyam B., Tedbury, J. & Butt, J. Impact of a Brief Worry Based Cognitive Therapy Group in Psychosis: A Study of Feasibility and Acceptability. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, In Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-cognitive-behaviour-therapist/article/impact-of-a-brief-worrybased-cognitive-therapy-group-in-psychosis-a-study-of-feasibility-and-acceptability/B02DD53BB498203741BE8838522CDF1A
• Richardson, T., Jansen M. & Fitch, C. Financial Difficulties in Bipolar Disorder Part 2: Psychological Correlates and a Proposed Psychological Model. Journal of Mental Health, 8, 1-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30955385
• Bramwell, K. & Richardson, The relationship between mental health outcomes, cognitive fusion and values after a course of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (2018). Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 48(1), 9-14. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10879-017-9367-6
• Richardson, T., Bell, L., Bolderson, H. & Clarke, S. (2018). Development and Evaluation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy delivered by Psychologists and Non-Psychologists in an NHS Community Adult Mental Health Service. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 11, 1-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28490390
• Knott, G., Pitfield, C. & Richardson, T. (2014). An Overview of Recent Adaptations to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. PsychPAG Quarterly, 92, 6-10. http://www.psypag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PsyPAG-92_updated.pdf
• Richardson, T. (2013). Substance Use in Depression and Bipolar Disorder: A Review of Psychological Interventions and Considerations for Clinical Practice. Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 6(1), 76-93. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17523281.2012.680485
• Richardson, T. & Bradbury, K. (2012) Group CBT for Depression and Anxiety in South Asian Women: Description and preliminary evaluation through a small case series. Clinical Psychology Forum, 239, 45-49. https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/337240/
• Richardson, T. (2010). Psychosocial Interventions for Bipolar Disorder: A Review of Recent Research. Journal of Medical Research, 20(6), 143-152. https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jms.2010.143.152
• Richardson, T. (2010). Cannabis Use and Mental Health: A Review of Recent Epidemiological Research. International Journal of Pharmacology, 6(6), 796-807. https://scialert.net/fulltextmobile/?doi=ijp.2010.796.807
Richardson, T. & White, L. (2019). The impact of a CBT-based bipolar disorder psychoeducation group on views about diagnosis, perceived recovery, self-esteem and stigma. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Volume 12, e43.
For a full list of all my publications please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Richardson5