Are you an adult who is struggling with painful reminders of the past?

Do you worry about things going wrong now or in the future?

Are you afraid to make changes but then beat yourself up for being a failure?

Then therapy may be for you.

Dr Sally Conway can help you understand why you feel like you do and introduce ways you can take back control of your life.

With a gentle and compassionate approach, Sally provides a nurturing and safe space from which to explore your difficulties.

She will be guided by the things that matter most to you.

It is important that you feel comfortable within the therapy relationship as this is a key factor in the process of healing.

Sally will not judge you or your struggles but treat you with empathy, warmth and acceptance. 

How can therapy help?

Therapy is a two-way process that aims to help you:

Acknowledge your struggles

Understand your blocks and triggers

Learn ways to make transformations within your life

Developing greater self-awareness and emotional resilience are the keys to help unlock your future. 

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Your expert knowledge of you, and motivation to make changes, will be central to the therapeutic process.

Combine this with Sally’s training and experience in various models of therapy and you’re on to a winning formula.

If you are truly committed to improving your life, then therapy can help you open the door to new possibilities.

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Who is therapy for?

Over 18s who have access to email and online video platforms or telephone. You may have problems with:

  • Anxiety
  • Adjusting to life changes & loss
  • Depression
  • Low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Trauma symptoms
  • Unhelpful ways of coping
NB: This is not an emergency service. If you feel you need immediate help please see the contact page for links to other services. If you or others are at risk because of the ways you cope, then your needs may be best met by other services.

Bringing therapy to you

Sally Conway Psychology is an online psychology service offering remote appointments nationwide using Zoom video platform. Zoom is compliant with GDPR and you can read more about how they keep your data safe by clicking the link.

You will need to ensure you have a private and quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. A good internet connection is also desirable. You do not need to have Zoom already installed on your device however you will be required to download this via a link that will be sent to you for your first appointment. You will need an email address for correspondence. 

NB: If you have any concerns regarding risk it may be best to find a therapist in your local area who will have knowledge of the services available there to support you.

Psychological Therapies

The main approaches that will be drawn upon to guide your therapy are:

1.  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

2.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

3. Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

4. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

A summary of each therapeutic approach is provided below. Please do contact us if you require any further information.

CBT

Works on developing more helpful relationships between the way you feel emotionally and physically, how you think, and what you do.

So, if you are feeling anxious, your mind says you can’t cope or you’re going to fail, your body starts to shake or sweat and you avoid the feared situation. 

Whilst this may reduce your anxiety in the short term your belief that you can’t do it is confirmed and you continue to avoid situations thereby increasing your anxiety.

By providing ways to re-frame your unhelpful thoughts, manage your emotions and address your fears, CBT helps you reverse this cycle.

ACT

Helps you recognise and give up your inner struggles so you can commit to living a more valued life.

If you are feeling stuck, dissatisfied or depressed you are probably not living your life according to what is important to you. Furthermore your thoughts and feelings may be getting in the way of you making the changes you want.

Mindfulness and other techniques help you open up, be more present, unhook from unhelpful thoughts and sit with uncomfortable emotions.

Then values work helps you uncover what really matters and how you can use this to guide your life choices.

CFT

Aims to help you live more comfortably in your own mind by developing your capacity for self-soothing and compassion.

Your ability to provide self-care may not be well developed if you were not given a good experience of this as a child.

You will learn that this was not your fault but, subsequently, when stressed you tend to go into overdrive or threat mode. This means you may become self-critical, avoid things, or put pressure on yourself to over-achieve.

CFT looks at skills to enhance your care-giving system and therefore increase your tolerance to, and provide alternative ways of managing, stress.

EMDR

Addresses painful memories that are being triggered in the present by reducing their emotional intensity.

Perhaps you are remembering past events vividly, feeling on edge or irritable, experiencing unexplained physical symptoms or having difficulty concentrating or sleeping. 

Initially, EMDR will help you develop ways to ensure you feel secure enough to experience the uncomfortable thoughts, images, emotions or body sensations that may be associated with your past experiences.

Next eye movements or body tapping are used to help the brain work through distressing memories, present triggers and future worries so they no longer impact on your day to day life.

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What to expect

  • The first session is a chance for you to decide if you are happy to work together. 
  • How many sessions you need will depend on your individual situation and what you want to work on. 
  • Weekly or fortnightly appointments will work best at the start.
  • You will have to talk about and feel things that are painful for you, this means you may feel worse to begin with.
  • You need to be committed to making some changes in your life
  • With online therapy the work can feel even more intense. Afterwards you will ideally have a bit of space before you have to get on with your day. 
  • Therapy is not helpful for everyone. It is key to achieving the best outcome, that you are happy with the professional you choose.

Why choose Sally Conway Psychology?

Choosing a therapist is an individual process. It may take a bit of time before you find someone who you feel comfortable with. Below is some further information that may help in your decision. 

Why a Clinical Psychologist?

  • Becoming a clinical psychologist involves a minimum of eight years specialist education, training and experience.
  • Clinical psychologists are trained in a wide range of therapies that are supported by research. 
  • By combining their knowledge of different therapies they provide a uniquely tailored approach.
  • They are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), a body that protects the public by ensuring professionals’ fitness to practice.  

Dr Sally Conway Credentials

Education

2011 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; Teesside University

2004 – BSc. Hons in Applied Psychology; Durham University

Post Doctoral Training

2020 – EMDR Flash Technique

2020 – CBT & Attachment 

2020 – ACT for Anxiety & Depression

2019 – EMDR Practitioner Training

2018 – Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis

2016 – Long Term Consequences of Chronic Childhood Abuse

2014 – Introduction to ACT

Memberships

Health & Care Professions Council – Registration No PYL27049  

EMDR Association 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliant

Professional indemnity insurance

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check

Health Insurance

Registered provider with the following insurance companies:

Aviva

AXA PPP

Aetna Global Benefit