Dr Charlotte Wilson
Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
My interest in psychology began when I was working in a school alongside children who needed some additional support with their learning. I enjoyed working with children and families so much that I decided to study psychology at university. Following this, I began working with adults with acquired brain injuries within the NHS and this cemented my love of psychological work and led me to complete my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford.
I have now been working in the NHS for many years working with adults, children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of difficulties. This includes low mood, anxiety, anger, trauma, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, substance misuse and burns injury. I have worked extensively with young people and families, including working with parents when their child is experiencing a mental health difficulty or health condition.
What will it be like when I meet you?
It is always my aim to ensure those I work with feel comfortable and relaxed so that people feel able to begin to talk about the things they are finding difficult. I always take the time to get to know someone and offer a friendly, supportive and non-judgemental space to understand someone’s current difficulties within the context of their life experiences.
I work with people to help them think about the things they may be struggling with and find new ways to help them to live a more fulfilling life. I also think it is important to gain a sense of the whole person, their skills, and strengths as well as the things they might be finding difficult. I believe it is essential for everyone to find their own pace in therapy and for us to work together to identify what is most important for you.
What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I don’t believe there is any approach that works for everyone and I like to work in an integrative way, drawing ideas from different therapeutic approaches. The psychological models I use to do this include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Narrative approaches. I like to work with clients to find out what they need and support them to identify the therapeutic approach that will suit them best.
What do you enjoy outside of psychology?
I have been lucky enough to travel to many different countries and love learning about other cultures and having new experiences. In my spare time I like to cook and bake. I am also a keen pool player and an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels.