Psychotherapy is a treatment process that helps people to deal with a wide variety of mental distress and psychological disorders.

During the psychotherapeutic process the therapist uses a range of techniques focused around helping their client to address specific or more general questions regarding their well being and psychological state. 

Almost always, this type of therapy requires the development of a therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist in order to create a dialogue that will help overcome and manage problematic thoughts and behaviours.

Some of the common mental health disorders treated by psychotherapy in the Specialist Medical Clinic include (but not limited to) :

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Young Person and Adolescence behavioural disorders  

The above represents a basic outline of the most common Mental Health disorders seen within the Specialist Medical Clinic. 

However the list of disorders and symptoms seen by our professional team is far more extensive, if you are experiencing any change in their mental well-being or feel you are ready to make the first step in addressing your Mental Health needs, please make an appointment with one of our trained Mental Health professionals.

The stress and turmoil of daily life can also have a huge impact on our functionality and mental well-being. you do not need to be experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in the above list to recognise that you may require the help of a trained mental health professional to guide you during such a time. 

Psychotherapy can be utilised to help individuals (or groups) who experience a wide range of difficulties in life.  These include (but are not limited to)

  • The turmoil of loss / bereavement 
  • Acute, chronic or terminal illness
  • Trauma as a result of cruelty, abuse, torture and other forms of violence
  • The recognition of complex (or chronic) medical diagnoses
  • Body image, physical changes, disfiguration, obesity, weight management
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Self loathing
  • Depression
  • Crisis
  • The effects of social upheaval

In many cases psychotherapy can help you to be able to manage ‘it’, instead of ‘it’ managing you.

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Your Specialists

When we give ourselves the time and space to listen to our hearts, without judgement, then we have our answers and we know what needs to be done. When we feel understood, then we are no longer alone and we find the power to do it. It's good to talk."

Dr Karen Surridge NNEB; BSc(Hons); PGCert; ClinPsyD; MBPsS, CPsychol

Chartered Clinical Psychologist / Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Areas of expertise

Therapy: Generalised anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), phobias, depression, suicidal thoughts, reactions to trauma, hoarding issues, attachment/relationship difficulties, behavior problems, and others. Integrates ideas, approaches and techniques from different therapies tailoring the treatment to suit each individual client. (Cognitive Behavioral (CBT); Rational Emotive (REBT); Mindfulness; Psychodynamic; Narrative; Systemic; Solihull Approach; Meriden Project, Pre-Therapy work and others). Offers training at different levels: for healthcare professionals, teachers, general public, teams etc.

Education and professional training

West Kent College, Tonbridge, NNEB (Childcare and Education) University of Kent at Canterbury, BSc(Hons) Newman University College, Birmingham, PGCert (Clinical Applications of Psychology) University of Birmingham, Birmingham, ClinPsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)

Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

UK Registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Gibraltar Registration with Gibraltar Medical Registration Board (GMRB) Member of the British Psychological Society Chartered status with the British Psychological Society Publications range from papers in academic journals and articles published by the Department Of Health (UK), to articles disseminated at conferences, and magazine articles. Research and publications have resulted in achievements such as discussion in BBC Radio 4 interview; team nomination and shortlisting for a number of service awards and named as winner of NHS Care Trust Award. Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology

Professional experience

Initial training as a Nursery Nurse prior to studying psychology. First Assistant Psychologist post in the GHA, followed by three Assistant Psychologist posts in the NHS in UK before completing the doctorate. Since 2013, Dr Surridge has worked for the GHA and the Specialist Medical Clinic, also offering her expertise upon request to various Government departments, charities, organisations and companies.

Languages spoken

Fluent English, understands Spanish


Spending time with family, Helping others, Learning

Dr Louise Barber, BSc (hons), PhD, DClinPsy

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Areas of expertise

Mood disorders (including, depression, suicidal ideation, bi-polar disorder and self harm) Anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorders, intrusive thoughts, panic disorder) Anger management Addictions Physical Health Conditions (including CFS/ME, Oncology, COPD, Renal, Dermatology) Weight Management and Bariatric Eating Disorders Gender identity Self Esteem Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Personality Disorders Rape & sexual abuse Bereavement & loss Relationship Difficulties Clinical Supervision

Education and professional training

Sheffield Hallam University University of Wales, Bangor NHS, Open University

Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Qualified Mindfulness Practitioner Qualified Yoga Teacher NHS Leadership and Management Qualifications Advanced Clinical Supervision training Member of BPS & HCPC

Professional experience

Having initially trained as a nursery nurse in 1998 and working with children with special needs, in various schools in Yorkshire, I trained as a counsellor in 2001 and worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre whilst at university studying to become a clinical psychologist. After qualifying n 2004 I worked in the North Wales adult mental health services for number of years before moving to Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester in 2011 where I was employed to develop a psychological oncology service. As a consultant psychologist, my role extended beyond the original brief and I became responsible for leading psychological services in dermatology, oncology, CFS/ME and weight management / bariatric surgery. I specialized in individual group work combined with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. As a team we provided an on-call service for a range of physical health conditions for the hospitals in-patients. Over the years I have been honored to have been invited to teach on a number of post graduate psychology doctorate programs at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Wrexham and Bangor (Wales). I have published several academic papers and presented at numerous academic conferences. I left the UK in 2018 to take up a position at the Ocean Views mental health facility in Gibraltar. Whilst there I set up a gender identity service. This contract ended in 2021 and since then I have been working as a consultant clinical psychologist for an NHS London Trust providing a mood and personality service via on-line consultations.

Languages spoken



In my spare time I love cycling, skiing, dancing, hiking, badminton, swimming and reading. I also really enjoy learning Spanish and spending as much time as I can with my 3 grandsons.