Dr Rachel Seymour

Dr Rachel Seymour

Dr Rachel Seymour

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience. I work with a wide range of mental health, emotional and life problems.

Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, OCD, Low Self-Esteem/Worth, Personality Disorders, Binge-Eating, Self-Harm, Trauma, and Alcohol Overuse


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy.


Portsmouth (Southsea), Petersfield

Online Therapy


I have been trained to understand psychological difficulties across the life span affecting different groups of people but specialise in working with adults (from 18 to 65 years old). I use scientifically-based therapies to inform individualised psychological work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy.


I offer a warm, empathic and non-judgemental space together with evidence-based therapies to help people feel understood, safe and clear about how to work through their difficulties together. The combination of these elements is central in supporting effective growth, healing and recovery. I have a strong motivation to continually deepen my knowledge and skills around the joys and challenges of being human.

My Experience

I have chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology. As a Southsea Psychologist I am accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). HCPC membership means that a psychologist is fully qualified and works to a set of professional standards. I am also registered with many private health-insurance companies.

I use a range of short and long-term, evidence-based therapies and approaches. More about these therapies can be found on the therapies page (link to therapy tab). Psychological therapy with a clinical psychologist can be broken down into four main stages:

Assessment and gathering relevant information, building a safe therapeutic relationship, identifying problems and therapy goals;

– Collaborative formulation (a way of understanding and explaining your difficulties) where we develop a bespoke map/diagram/or ways of understanding what factors have contributed to your difficulties; what has triggered problems; what keeps them going; and what strengths you have that we can use and build on in therapy. The ability to formulate problems is a unique skill that clinical (and counselling) psychologists have;

– The change phase during which stage I will recommend and introduce interventions strategies. My recommendations will be informed by the formulation, your goals, and researched treatments. The approaches used will be designed to help you overcome difficulties and respond more effectively and healthily; we will also identify, understand and work through any barriers and blocks that can emerge in therapy; and

Ending therapy and follow-up – as you learn about and build confidence in meeting your needs and restoring yourself we will plan ending our working relationship and how to maintain progress and wellbeing. We can also process whatever may come up around this phase of therapy. At this stage, sessions are scheduled less frequently with the opportunity for follow-up sessions or ‘booster’ consultations (if required) which allows individuals the space to build confidence and independence with support if needed.

My Training

BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Reading

MSc Research Methods, University of Portsmouth (1998)

PhD (Research Doctorate) Psychology, University of Portsmouth (2002)

DClinPsychol (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), University of Southampton (2007)

Compassion and the Integration of Mind (Professors Daniel Siegel and Paul Gilbert, 2016)

Transformational Chairwork (Dr Scott Kellogg, 2016)

Overcoming Therapeutic Impasses in the Client or Therapist using Schema Therapy Interventions (Dr Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw, organised by Schema Therapy UK, 2016)

Schema Therapy for Avoidant Coping Modes in Personality Disorders, Complex Trauma, and Dissociative Disorders (Dr Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw, organised by Schema Therapy UK, 2015)

Schema Therapy Skills: Working with Avoidance and Overcompensation (Dr Tara Gormley & Dr Gill Heath, organised by Schema Therapy Associates, approved by the ISST, 2015)

Schema Therapy: Beyond the Basics (Dr Arnie Reed & Dr Chris Hayes, organised by Schema Therapy Workshops, approved by the ISST, 2012)

Schema Therapy: The Model, Methods and Techniques (Dr Arnie Reed, Dr Chris Hayes & Litsa Anthis, organised by Schema Therapy Workshops, approved by the ISST, 2012)

Group Schema Therapy (Dr Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw, approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy, ISST, 2012)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2 week training course) (Dr Fiona Kennedy; Dr Lorraine Bell; & Dr David Pearson, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, 2007)

Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Overcome The Legacy Of Childhood Trauma (Dr Deborah Lee, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, 2014)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training (Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer, University of Derby, 2013)

Compassion and Mindfulness in Health and Social Care (Dr Melanie Fennell, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

Working with Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (Dr Vivia Cowdrill & Dr Fiona Kennedy, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Southern Branch)

Cognitive Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Dr Handley & Dr Stott, Maudsley NHS Trust)

Creating Successful Behavioural Experiments (Dr Martina Mueller & Dr James Bennett Levy, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

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