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“Ellen uses an integrative therapeutic approach based on her clinical psychology and EMDR training”

Dr Ellen Finch-Sieg (CPsychol, PhD)

Chartered Clinical Psychologist & EMDR therapist

Ellen is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and has worked for the NHS in secondary care community psychology for the last 7 years.  Ellen came from Germany to live and study in the UK aged 19 and has now worked for the NHS for 13 years.  She studied for a BSc in psychology at Bangor University, before conducting a PhD at the University of East Anglia, finally settling in West-Yorkshire, where she did her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training at Leeds University.

Over the last 4 years Ellen has specialised in working with clients who experience post-traumatic stress (PTSD) symptoms following childhood and/or adult trauma. To this end, she has added to her Clinical Psychology expertise and trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which is an effective and powerful therapeutic approach for the treatment of  a variety of mental health challenges.

Therapeutic Approach & Philosophical Alignments

Ellen employs an integrative therapeutic approach to the psychological therapies she offers.  She draws on humanistic counselling, cognitive approaches (including CBT), ACT and mindfulness-based CBT, behavioural activation, psychodynamic techniques and EMDR.

Ellen’s therapy is formulation-based and ‘tailor-made’ to each individual’s problems.  Whilst being highly qualified, she is a creative therapist and prides herself in her ability to move beyond merely ‘off the shelf’ interventions.  She believes strongly that psychological therapies are most effective when a strong therapeutic alliance can be built between her client and herself.  Ellen appreciates that therapeutic change requires courage, trust and commitment.  She is a compassionate therapist, helping to bring about the most positive changes her clients can achieve at any given time.

Ellen does not think of her clients as ‘ill’, but sees mental health ‘break-downs’ as opportunities to pause, take stock, heal some wounds, and grow.  She is committed to supporting her clients re-discover and/or re-build their inner strength, and work towards a greater sense of acceptance and happiness.

‘Problems’ treated

Ellen is an experienced clinical psychologist and has helped clients with a variety of mental health ‘problems’/ challenges to work towards a better quality of life.  Some of these challenges include depression, bi-polar disorder, bereavement, anxiety, OCD, panic, PTSD, eating disorders, relationship problems, childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse, adult trauma (including sexual, physical and emotional assaults and work place bullying), stress, aging and adjustment problems.

Qualifications & Professional Membership

  • BSc Psychology (Bangor University, North-Wales)
  • PhD in Psychology (University of East Anglia, Norwich)
  • Certificate in Counselling (Leeds University)
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Leeds University)

Ellen is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the BPS (British Psychological Society).  She is registered with and regulated by the HCPC (Health Care Professional Council).
She is also a member of the EMDR UK and Ireland Association (membership number F0182).

Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the BPS and registered with the HCPC.