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Dr. Karina Woldt, Clinical Psychologist
I am a kind, compassionate and enthusiastic Psychologist with over 19 year experience of working within the NHS providing psychotherapy for people with various mood issues including depression, anxiety disorders such as Panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive disorders, agoraphobia, relationship issues, trauma and chronic health problems etc. More recently I worked with people with chronic health issues and mood problems and prior to that also within addiction difficulties
I tend to be very compassionate and person centered in my style and can draw from a variety of treatment approaches. This helps in providing therapy as there is not "once size fits all". We are all different thus different treatment techniques suit different people. We will thus after an initial assessment session discuss what would be most suitable for what you have been through and for your own preferences. Never give up if perhaps a previous treatment has not worked for you. Most of my clients do return after their initial consultation and finish a full course of treatment successfully ( see client testimonials). I do think that my very approachable, kind and non-judgemental nature helps people feel comfortable to open up in therapy. We would usually decide together after the initial assessment session what approach to take and what is likely to benefit you the most.
I am registered with HCPC under : PYL 22887 and fulfill requirements for chartership as a Clinical Psychologist under the British Psychological Society. For anything you are unhappy about the HCPC can be contacted for complaints.
Clinical Psychologist require a much longer training than counsellors, requiring an graduate Psychology degree, previous work experience to than finishing a three year doctorate course, which gives you a good grounding in working with a variety of client groups and therapy skills. Training until being fully qualified last at least 7-8 years and is in the last 4 years practical in nature with lots of supervision of client work. Thus Clinical Psychologist are highly qualified mental health experts with a variety of in depth experience of working in different mental health areas and using different approaches throughout. In comparison to that most Counselling degrees tend to much shorter an give less broader work experience generally. However, not everyone will need a psychologist. If you are unsure what you may require just ask.
I myself have been through tough times in my life and know how this can affect my mood negatively. So I had to readdress my life balance/ past and learn new ways of coping. This I think has helped me in being really empathic with the struggles people that visit me go through. I practice mindfulness meditation regularly as a way of keeping myself in balance and staying focused and relaxed.
Notice my main private hours available are on Wednesdays /Thursdays daytimes mainly. Evening sessions occasionally are available on Wednesdays ( 6.30-7.30pm only). I can be often full currently but will always get back to you and advise when I have availability again. I do offer currently face to face sessions ( masks tend to be required) or online sessions.
Previous Training and experience of Psychologist Dr Karina Woldt in Dumfries
Clinical Psychologist need to go through extensive and rigorous training in order to achieve the title of doctorate of Clinical Psychology. This includes a general 3-5 year Psychology degree, which I completed in 1999 in Germany . Thereafter I continued my training in Scotland for a 4 further years and finished my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2004.
I am now over 19 years qualified as a Clinical Psychologist , currently working in the NHS in a more senior role and supervising other Psychologists in their training. Most of my work has been working with adult with mood issues and some with adults if a mixture of chronic health conditions which were affecting their mood. I have in depth experience with a variety of adults emotional difficulties such as depression , self esteem issues , anxiety disorders, trauma and many more.
I tend to be very compassionate and person centered in my style and can draw from a variety of treatment approaches. This helps in providing therapy as there is not "once size fits all". We are all different thus different treatment techniques suit different people. We will thus after an initial assessment session discuss what would be most suitable for what you have been through and for your own preferences. Never give up if perhaps a previous treatment has not worked for you. It might sometimes take time to change tricky patterns but it is always possible with work and learning new coping skills.
I am kind empathic and enthusiastic about my work. I enjoy also updating my therapy techniques with ongoing trainings. The main therapy approaches I am trained in are:
-CBT, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- mindfullness based Cogtnive Therapy
- MIndfulness based stress reduction
-Compassionate Mind Therapy
and ACT or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
we also all get a grounding in general counselling techniques as part of our training
If you want to find out more about these treatment techniques and what difficulties they tend to work best with please see psychological Therapy Techniques page link above.
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