GET TO KNOW ME
My name is Dr Bethany Brown and I am a Clinical Psychologist and founder of Anderson Brown Psychology Services.
I have worked in the Health and Social Care sector, with a focus on Psychological Services since 2008. In 2015 I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. My doctoral thesis research looked into the coping mechanisms utilised by patients undergoing cancer treatment. I continue to have a specialist interest in and have extensive experience of working with people who are living with physical health conditions/symptoms that are impacting on their emotional well-being. I have also gained vast experience in working with people who are struggling with a variety of presenting difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, high self-criticism, grief, and panic. I hold a particular interest in working with people to overcome their phobias. Alongside working in and building Anderson Brown Psychology Services, I work part time as a Lead Clinical Psychologist in highly specialist NHS services.
I am qualified to use a number of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Compassionate based approaches. As a Clinical Psycholoigist I have been trained to take an integrative approach, drawing on different therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor your therapy to your own needs and personal goals. I am passionate about therapy being an empowering process and believe in working in collaboration with my clients. I don’t view therapy as a place where you come to “be fixed” by your Clinical Psychologist. Rather I view it as a place where we work together to understand your situation better and to equip you with the knowledge, tools and confidence to make changes that will allow you to move forward to a more fulfilling, value based life.
I know that coming to therapy can feel daunting, and I aim to create a warm, safe and relaxed environment to help you feel secure. I hope that we can work together, so that you are able to move towards your goals and what’s most important to you in your life.
Master of Arts with Honours in Psychology (MA Hons), University of Edinburgh, 2007
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Glasgow, 2015
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training, NHS Highland, 2015
EMDR Training, Richman EMDR Training. Parts 1 & 2, 2021 and Part 3, 2022
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
I am a member of the EMDR Association UK
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
At Anderson Brown Psychology Services we provide evidenced based psychological therapies. We work in a person centred way and integrate approaches to provide a truly individualised treatment plan.
Some of the types of therapeutic approaches we draw on include:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
CBT looks at the interactions between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It helps to identify unhelpful patterns which are maintaining the presenting difficulties and teaches coping skills and strategies to begin to challenge and break these patterns, and in turn establish new more helpful patterns.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
ACT is a values led approach that centres on teaching skills and tools to allow individuals to move forward in a valued direction, meaning they are living a meaningful and fulfilling life, despite the presence of challenges. It draws on acceptance and mindfulness to help individuals be in an observing position to their thoughts and emotions, rather than being swept away, overwhelmed or controlled by them.
MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT)
MBCT teaches mindfulness based skills and theory to help people to use present moment awareness as a mechanism for connecting with what is important and managing challenges. It draws on principles such as non-judgement and mind-body connection and can be taught to be used as formal “mindful practices” as well as informal “mindfulness in action”.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION & REPROCESSING (EMDR)
EMDR is a form of therapy which can be used to treat traumas. It is helpful for trauma in the widest sense of the word - from Trauma (“with a capital T”) such as abuse, assault or significant neglect, to trauma (“with a small t”) such as phobias, social disagreements and negative school experiences. EMDR is an active therapy that uses bilateral stimulation (e.g. following a therapists fingers moving back and forth) to process the distress associated with these memories.