Dr Fiona Bentley
Dr Bentley gained her first degree in Psychology from Cardiff University in 1993. She went onto qualify as a Clinical Psychologist from the Lancashire Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course affiliated to the University of Bangor in 1998. She is a registered Practicing Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL02287). She joined the NCPS team in 2013.
Since qualifying, Fiona has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, initially with children and adolescents in two successive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and for the last 12 years, with adults with moderate, as well as severe and enduring mental health problems. She has clinical experience in assessing and offering therapeutic interventions to adults with a range of mental health problems including recurrent depression, anxiety-based problems (obsessive compulsive problems, phobias, panic, generalised anxiety), PTSD and difficulties associated with experiences of trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and chronic fatigue.
In her therapeutic work, Fiona draws on a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), compassion-based therapy, mindfulness based CBT, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and considers herself integrative in her approach with a strong emphasis on working collaboratively with individuals. Aiming to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with the clients that she works with is an integral part of her work.
Fiona's current role in the NHS involves working with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems referred through their Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). Her role is varied including both direct clinical work (both individual and groups) and indirect work, supervising other psychologists and both offering consultation and support to other professionals working in the CMHT.
In her spare time, she likes being outdoors and especially enjoys running, cycling and tennis. When feeling less energetic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being creative or simply relaxing with a good novel!
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