Dr Deborah Walton

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Deborah L. Walton B.A. (Hons.), MSc, Clin.Psy.D., AFBPsS

Chartered Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Walton has a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster and was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology by the University of Manchester. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council. She has worked both within the private and public healthcare sectors, in the specialist areas of Adult Mental Health. She has considerable experience in providing psychological reports for the courts, both in personal injury, criminal and family law.

Assessments for adults and young people (16yrs +), which include:

·         Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

·         Specific Learning Difficulties

·         Challenging Behaviours

·         Low Self-esteem

·         Depression

·         Panic attacks and agoraphobia

·         Social anxiety

·         Generalised Anxiety (Worry)

·         Hypochondriasis (Health anxiety)

·         Obsessional and compulsive behaviours

·         Physical Health Problems (Fibromyalgia, CFS etc.)

·         Specific Phobias

·         Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)

·         Work related stress

·         Anger control problems

·         Sleep disruption

·         Bereavement

·         Attachment difficulties

·         Childhood trauma

·         Relationship difficulties

·         Psychosis (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder)

·         Medico-legal work


What is therapy like?

Psychological therapy is a collaborative and active process. It usually involves reaching a shared understanding of a person’s problem, exploring thinking patterns, emotional reactions and any unhelpful behavioural strategies that people might be using to cope with their problems. Therapy can be viewed as a learning process, so an individual may be asked to complete some exercises and tasks that are aimed at helping them to develop better ways of managing their life. Research has shown that people who do this, as part of therapy, improve. A session typically lasts 50mins and is held in confidential, comfortable and safe surroundings.


Does it work?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes research updates of the current evidence base for different types of psychological therapy. There has been numerous research completed on the effectiveness of psychological therapies for common problems such as depression and anxiety etc. They often indicate that certain therapeutic approaches are the treatment of choice and should be used in combination with pharmacological interventions.


Therapeutic Interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), act (behaviour), and feel are all inter-related.
  • Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) – Metacognitive therapy is sometimes described as a type of therapy that involves changing how people think rather than what they are thinking about.
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse.
  • Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) – Schema Focused Therapy is an integrative evidence based talking therapy which incorporates the most effective aspects of cognitive, behaviour, interpersonal and object relations therapies.
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) – CAT is a talking therapy which integrates aspects of cognitive therapy such as CBT and long term exploratory approaches such as psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Compassionate Mind Therapy (CMT) – Compassionate Mind Therapy can be used by people who want to know more about how compassion can help with dealing with difficult emotions and a tendency to be self-critical.


For more information about Dr Walton and the services she provides, please visit www.wpsclinical.com or alternatively, you can contact Dr Walton directly on d.walton@wpsclinical.com

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