Dr Sonarzu Gullu-Mcphee

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working from our Petersfield practice in Hampshire. I also provide online therapy via skype or over the telephone if preferred.

I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology in Honolulu, Hawaii. My training included psychological testing such as cognitive (IQ) assessments, objective and projective personality assessment and multiple therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and systemic therapies.

I work with adults with a wide range of presenting problems such as depression, anxiety, fears, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, self-harm, anger, and impulsive behaviors and apply interventions according to their needs. I also work with people who have personality disorders.

The main therapeutic approaches that inform my treatment include Schema therapy, which is an effective treatment for complex, and long standing problems. It is a long-term treatment that identifies and targets self-defeating patterns through cognitive, experiential and behavioral techniques.

I also use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors that are linked to emotional problems. In addition I draw skills from DBT, which is an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder. It has been demonstrated in multiple clinical trials that DBT is an effective treatment for a range of disorders and problems including self-harm, suicidal ideation, hopelessness, mood disorders such as depression, substance abuse and dependence, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors and anger expression.

To improve my DBT skills further, I received further training from Behavioral Tech in Princeton, NJ. In 2013 I moved to UK and since then took further training in Schema Therapy, DBT and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Most recently I have began training in Compassion Focused Therapy, which cultivates compassion by teaching skills of mindfulness, and attributes of compassion. It helps people with self-critical thinking and shame based difficulties.

CORE TRAINING

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (2013)

MA Clinical Psychology, Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (2010)

MSc Psychology, Open University (2007)

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Open University (2005)

Schema Therapy Training (ISST Approved)

Schema Therapy Workshop 1: The Model, Methods & Techniques & Working with Complex Presentations. Presented by Arnie Reed, Schema Therapy Workshops, approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy, Manchester, UK, 6, 17 & 18 March 2015

Schema Therapy Workshop 2: Beyond the Basics & Working with Complex Presentations. Presented by Arnie Reed, Schema Therapy Workshops, approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy, Manchester, UK, 15, 16 & 17 June 2015

Schema Therapy Workshop 3: Schema Therapy One-Day Skill Development/Masterclass: Working with OCPD & Structure and Process of a Typical Schema Therapy Session. Presented by Arnie Reed,

Schema Therapy Workshops, approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy, London, UK, 10 September 2015
Time Limited Schema Therapy: ISST approved training module: Drs. M.F. van Vreeswijk, London, UK, 3-4 December 2015

Overcoming Therapeutic Impasses in the Client or the Therapist Using Schema Therapy Interventions: Joan Farrell, PhD & Ida Shaw MA, London UK, 4 & 5 March 2016

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training: Behavioral Tech, Presented by Christine Foertsch, Ph.D. and Haleh Ghanizadeh, M.D., M.P.H, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 16, 17, 18, 19 &20 September 2013

Suicide: DBT Protocol for Assessing and Managing Risk: British Isles DBT Training Team, co-sponsored by Behavioral Tech, LLC, Hemel Hempstead UK, 4-5 December 2014

CBT Training

Best Practices in Depression and Suicide: Presented by Dr. Christine A. Padesky, University of Derby, UK, 1 & 2 June 2015

Compassion Focused

Therapy Training
Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame and Self Critical Difficulties, Professor Paul Gilbert, Derby, UK, 3,4, & 5 October 2016
Further Training

Transformational Chairwork, Dr. Scott Kellogg, London, UK 19th March 2016

Registration

Registered Practitioner Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Clinical Psychology

Get in touch

To book a confidential consultation or to discuss whether therapy is right for you or someone close to you, please get in touch.

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