Dr Olivia Thrift

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and founder of The Psychology Company.

The therapeutic approaches I specialise in include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Compassion-Focused TherapyMindfulnessSchema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). These approaches help with a wide range of difficulties, including depression (both current and past/recurring depression), anxiety/panic attacks, OCD, low self worth, fluctuating moods/emotional instability, relationship difficulties, trauma-based difficulties, personality disorders and problematic ways of managing emotions, such as binge eating, drinking and self-harm. I think a strong therapeutic relationship combined with evidenced based structured therapy is imperative in helping people make the changes they desire and feel very privileged to be able to work with people to help them overcome their difficulties and reach their goals.

My Experience

For more than 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of being able to sit with people and listen, explore and support them as they work through the challenges and traumas that life can bring. I have worked in a range of different settings including the NHS, prison service and private practice and with a vast spectrum of psychological difficulties – from longstanding and complex to people seeking a safe reflective space to better understand and develop themselves. 

I am the founder of The Psychology Company although in 2017 I moved to California so now work with people online (via Zoom). I offer evening appointments only due to the time difference. I also work for a DBT service in San Francisco as well as working as a supervisor and instructor for the California Schema Therapy Training Program. I am also a schema supervisor for several UK based Schema training programmes. Recently I co-authored a chapter titled: “Developing a Compassionate Mind to Strengthen The Healthy Adult Mode” for the upcoming book Creative Methods in Schema Therapy.

I have chartered status and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and am accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulatory body for psychologists in the UK. Furthermore I am certified with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST) and am an ISST authorised Advanced Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor. I am a Certified Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute, who are accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers’ Association (IMTA). Finally, I am also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and am very interested in how trauma is stored in the body and how we can incorporate mindfulness and yoga into psychological therapy to help rebalance our nervous system. 

I am covered by BUPA and work with clients aged 17 and over.

My Training

Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Psych.D); University of Surrey

B.Sc (Hons.) Psychology; University of Wales, Cardiff

CBT Training

Cognitive Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Maudsley NHS Trust

Using Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD; Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

CBT for Eating Disorders; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Recent Advances in OCD Treatment; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Working with Distressing Psychosis; British Psychological Society

Schema Therapy Training

Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy; International Society for Schema Therapy. This training focused on using schema therapy with people with a diagnosis or traits of Personality Disorder including Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Avoidant/Dependent Personality Disorder.

Group Schema Therapy (Dr Joan Farrell and Dr Ida Shaw); International Society for Schema Therapy

Time-Limited Schema Therapy (Dr Vreeswijk); International Society for Schema Therapy

Advanced Imagery Rescripting; (Dr Chris Hayes and Remco van der Wijngaart); International Society for Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy Skills: Working with avoidance and over-compensation; Schema Therapy Associates approved by the ISST

Transformational Chairwork; Scott Kellogg

Body Focused Interventions in Schema Therapy; Janis Briedis and Helen Startup

Schema Supervision Training

Schema Therapy Trainer-Supervisor; Dr Joan Farrell and Dr Ida Shaw; International Society for Schema Therapy

Using the Schema Therapist Competency Rating Scale (Dr Wendy Behary); International Society for Schema Therapy

DBT Training

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Radical Openness and DBT; Targetting Over Control; Professor Tom Lynch

Treating PTSD during Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with High-Risk Clients; British Isles DBT Team

Compassion Focused Therapy Training

Advanced Clinical Skills Workshop in Compassion-Focused Therapy; Prof Paul Gilbert; University of Derby

Using Compassion Focused Therapy To Overcome The Legacy Of Childhood Trauma; Dr Deborah Lee; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Compassion Focused Therapy for Anger: The True Strength Program; Prof Russell Kolts; University of Derby

Compassionate Mind in Shame and Self-Attack; Dr Deborah Lee; British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Compassion and the Integration of Mind; Prof Paul Gilbert and Prof Dan Siegel.

Mobilising Compassion in Group Psychotherapy; Kia Kaha Psychotherapy and Training

Mindfulness and Yoga Training

Currently undertaking a year long teacher training programme with the Mindfulness Training Institute, Berkeley, California

8 week MBSR Course

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Seven-Day Training Retreat; Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training; Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer; University of Derby

Mindful Compassion; Prof Paul Gilbert and Choden; Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Centre, London

Yoga 200 hour teacher training; Samahita Retreat Thailand.

Prison Yoga Project Training, Berkeley, California

Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Oakland, California

12 month Mindfulness teacher training certification with the Mindfulness Training Institute, Berkeley, California. This training is certified by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA).

Forensic Training

HCR-20 V3; Partnerships in Care.

Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol; Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Understanding and assessing Psychopathy (PCL-R); Pearson Training

To talk to me or one of our Psychologists and assess whether we can help, please feel free to contact us either directly using the e-mail or telephone number below or by filling out our form. Your enquiry is confidential and a member of our team will be back in touch with you directly as soon as they can.


Tel: 01483 363058

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