- Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
- Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
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- Mondays 10am - 2pm
- Tuesdays 10am - 2pm
- Thursdays 10am - 2pm
- Friday appointments may be possible in some circumstances. Please enquire
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About Sandra Miller
My name is Sandra Miller and I am a qualified independent Practitioner Psychologist and have over 12 years experience of working with juvenile and adult clients in a range of secure forensic and, more latterly in mental health establishments, and the community. The main intervention that I utilise in my practice is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), For people,who have become inactive and withdrawn from everyday activities, I incorporate Behaviour Activation (BA) and Motivation Enhancement Techniques within CBT. However, I do recognise that each person is unique and provide a more eclectic approach depending upon the needs of individual clients in order to facilitate their pathway to recovery.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychology Society (BPS). I am also on the register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and am able to offer psychological supervision to Psychologists and Psychologists in Training I have an excellent work ethic and continue to maintain up to date knowledge relating to my professional skills. I also have an excellent track record relating to client engagement and progress and have a very positive working relationship when working with people at all levels. In order to help intervention when working with patients suffering from symptoms related to psychosis, I co-authored a resource for psychologists with a professional colleague. The resource provides a collection of ideas and techniques to enhance individual skills for professionals working with patients and provides a more flexible approach for them to adopt when working with such complex clients and to tailor this to individual needs. At all times, I offer a a friendly and approachable service and work with clients in an open and empathic manner. I treat all my clients with respect and allow them to explore any issues they may have in a safe and caring environment.
My more recent experience has involved working with male adult clients suffering from mental illness, including the following:
Psychosis ((hallucinations (visual, auditory, command and somatic), delusions))
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
phobias (Past Team Leader for Triumph Over Phobia in Sheffield)
confidence and self-esteem
What is Cognitive behavioural Therapy?
CBT is a recognised treatment that looks at how people make sense of their world. There are four factors involved that are all linked, i.e.:
Thoughts (including memories of the past and thoughts linked to the future);
Feelings, e.g. sweating, faster heartbeat, butterflies in your stomach;
Emotions such as sadness, happiness, anger, fear;
In CBT the main focus is on thoughts and behaviours which tend to be easier for people to access and control. So for example, if someone feels anxious or depressed, they may begin to see things as being more threatening or negative than they actually are which may lead to this impacting on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. CBT can help to explore and address unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and help people to consider alternative ways of interpreting things and changing their behaviour which can help to aid their recovery. The treatment is very much a collaborative approach with both therapist and client involvement. The main aim is to explore the issues and to develop a formulation with the client in order to determine factors related to these and how they can be addressed in order to change any negative patterns and to improve their thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour so that they can live a more rich and fulfilling life. CBT intervention can take as little as 6 weeks; however, this will be dependent upon the nature and severity of your issue(s).
What is Behaviour Activation (BA)?
BA is used within CBT with people suffering from depression who have become withdrawn and inactive which may have led to them becoming socially isolated. This inactivity can initially give them a sense of relief; however, it also maintains their withdrawal and inactivity which can make it very difficult to bring about any change in their mood. Therefore, an important part of BA is to look at any behaviours that maintain low mood. BA can help people to have a better understanding of the cycles that maintain their problems. It can help them to begin engaging in activities that had previously given them pleasure and enjoyment as well as other essential routine activities. These tend to be avoided by people who become depressed. Once people have addressed their cycle of avoidance, they should be able to experience greater contact with activities and other positive factors that improve overall mental wellbeing and the ability to function better. BA intervention will take a minimum of 6 sessions.
I carry out psychological assessments based on the needs of my clients. This might include symptoms of distress, anxiety, depression and hopelessness along with other relevant assessments. Following assessment, a short report will be available summarising the relevant points of the findings.
Having received extensive training in Cognitive Motivational intervention over a 2 year period whilst working in the juvenile estate, I gained accreditation. Since that time, I have developed and delivered this training to other professionals in forensic and mental health establishments to good effect in terms of enhancing skills to engage clients to engage in their therapeutic pathway.
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