Founder: DR HANNE M HOMER CLIN.PSY.D. C.PSYCHOL. CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
I am part of the North Norfolk Clinical Psychological Service.
I am also an independent clinical psychologist offering evidence-based psychological assessments and therapies for a range of mental health (emotional, cognitive,behavioural) difficulties including anxiety, phobias, depression, trauma, stress management, behavioural difficulties such as anger, addiction (alcohol), low-self-esteem and self-development.
If you are struggling at the moment with symptoms like these feeling unable to cope, feeling worthless or just generally stressed and overall overwhelmed, Mind Bridge may be able to help you. I use a number of evidence-based psychological therapies in a holistic approach in my treatment. I will guide and support you as we work together to identify solutions to help you overcome these symptoms. This will of course involve some change which in itself is stressful but you will discover how to use change positively and to identify solutions already within you. It will become clear not to try and achieve it all at once and to balance your needs with those of others around you. And, that sometimes it is good to fail, as mistakes can be great as they will lead to learning. We will incorporate in our therapy the important interaction between mental and physical health and ways of improving mental as well as physical health. Overall from my service you will find support, empathy and respect.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, with over 15 years of experience within Mental Health, working within the NHS as well as independently. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) both accredited bodies for clinical psychologists. I am a member of the BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners, which promotes best practise and supports professional development and engage in regular continued professional development (CPD) to continue to deliver the best evidence-based treatment.
I am fully insured with a profession-linked expert organisation. I have worked within all the main areas in mental health and specialised in Cognitive Neuropsychology Research and Clinical Neuropsychology in my last years of training and working within the NHS. This have provided me with a profound training in understanding the neuropsychological implications when providing treatment in mental health. I incorporate Eastern philosophy of holistic health where mental and physical health are highly inter-dependent. I also have a special interest in the role of biochemical factors in mental health. I integrate in my treatment the important roles of physical exercise, diet/nutrition, sleep and new learning for optimum mental and physical well being. My inclusion of psychobiology means that I integrate into my treatment the influence of neurochemistry on mental health.
I am also a full member of the BPS Holistic Faculty and a full member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I am a registered provider with all the main medical insurance organisations including AVIVA, AXA PPS, BUPA, Simply Health, WPA.
I deliver a high quality evidence-based clinical psychology service which is tailored to each individual’s needs and situation. I use an integral psychological approach drawing on Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and my inclusion of positive deviance means I incorporate Eastern philosophy of health where mental and physical health are treated as one.
My approach aims to develop insight and knowledge for each individual in order to promote the protection that self-efficacy and self-esteem can provide. I also incorporate the influence of biochemical research and mental health into my therapy where appropriate. A thorough clinical interview is a core part of my treatment and I use routine outcome measures to inform treatment, monitor progress and measure final treatment results from the baseline clinical assessments. It is my objective to help people using my service find their personal value / potential in life, so they can be there for themselves and in turn those around them. I offer prompt and flexible appointments. My service is professional, highly confidential and efficient. My treatment setting is in a safe and comfortable environment.!
I take self-referrals; referrals from GPs, Hospital Consultants and Psychiatrists. If you are not self-funding, but a healthcare insurance is paying for your treatment, a letter from your referrer is required.
Importance of Perspective, Insight & Personal Empowerment
I work on a one-to-one basis. This, however, does not mean that we are working in isolation as there is high regard to the people and environments around each person. My approach is human-centered rather than based on a ‘disease model’, i.e., I believe it is about helping each person problem-solve and find solutions to their current emotional discomfort. This involves developing perspective taking in terms of individual roles and future life goals. To achieve this, I place emphasis on developing each person’s insight into their own situation in order to promote personal empowerment and self-efficacy to take control of their life.
Formulation & the importance of extracting ‘Personal Meaning’ to Life Events
As a clinical psychologist my work is formulation-based which means that during my assessment and therapy I consistently summarise and integrate the knowledge provided by each person to clarify and provide and explanation of the symptoms experienced. I, together with each person, will form theories with regards to the nature and origin of the symptoms as well as exploring the factors maintaining their symptoms. We will continue to assess, test and re-test our theories together in order to produce a functional solution that is realistic and satisfactory for each person. As a psychologist I stress the importance of distinguishing between life events and the personal meaning these have for each individual - this is an important distinction as we are all exposed to adverse life experiences, but it is how we interpret these that is important in terms of resolution.
Bridging the various Causes to Mental Health Symptoms.
With my neuropsychological background and my special interest in biochemical factors in mental health I stress the importance of having an awareness of the highly interactive nature of psychological and physical mechanisms influential in mental health. Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, etc can only be understood and resolved by considering the interactive roles of biological, social and psychological factors. Most importantly however is considerations to how each individual interprets the often unavoidable stressors or events falling on their path and in turn how they cope with these.
Support, Empathy & Respect
Achieving a satisfactory outcome however can only be achieved through an environment that is supportive, empathic and respectful. This is a priority within my service enabling each person to feel safe, supported and able to face their problems.
The number of sessions are usually agreed following the initial assessment and designed to meet each individual’s need. The initial assessment session will last between 60-90 minutes. The therapy sessions lasts approximately 60 minutes. My service is highly confidential.
I am based in Consulting Facilities in North Norfolk or other location by arrangement.
Please see below Appendix for terms and conditions. If you feel that I can help you please give me a ring/email/text.
Dr Hanne Homer, C.PSYCOL.
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
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This form contains information about my professional services, business policy and appointments. Once you sign it, this document will represent an agreement between us.
Following the initial assessment we will agree on the number of sessions recommended. The sessions will normally be either once a week or once every two weeks, depending on each individual’s circumstances. I use a number of scientific psychological approaches in order to provide a highly professional service with high regard to each individual receiving my service. As part of your treatment I will ask you to fill in a couple of questionnaires regarding your mental and physical health. I will also ask you to keep a personal ‘lifestyle book’ - which is a record of your feelings, thoughts & behaviours. This is a measure so that you do not find yourself in a passive listening position when you are in therapy and also serves to jog your & my memories between sessions. Everything is kept highly confidential - the only case scenario where I would have to seek others involvement is in situations where yours or others’s wellbeing would be at risk.
Sessions are confidential and information would only be shared with third parties with your permission. You may want your GP or other person who has referred you to be kept informed about your treatment. If an insurance company is funding your treatment they may also require update on your treatment. However all of this will be discussed with you and your wishes respected. The only exception to sharing details about your treatment would be if I believe that you may be a risk either to yourself or another person, where as a psychologist would have the duty of care to make the necessary disclosures. You would however where possible be informed of this.
I am required to keep appropriate treatment records of my services. These will be brief and kept secure and confidential. The records will mainly consist of information regarding your reasons for seeking treatment, treatment goals and progress and invoicing details. You have the right to a copy of your file, except in the unusual circumstances that involve danger to yourself. Because these are professional records, they may be misinterpreted and/or be upsetting to untrained readers. For this reason, I recommend that you initially review them with me and other mental health professionals before sharing them with other people. Also by signing this agreement you allow me to contact your GP should I have any concerns about your and/or others safety.
I will ask you to agree to give at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend a session. If you are receiving treatment through an insurance company, I will need policy details and evidence that they will cover the full treatment fee.