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Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Gail Freedman

Dr Gail Freedman is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Having extensive experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties and being passionate about improving the mental health of individuals, Dr Freedman is passionate about helping people get to where they need to be and feel. Dr Freedman has experience working in an autism support and diagnosis service (under 18s), primary adult mental health services IAPT, bereavement, and addiction services.

Holding beliefs that one size does not fit all, Dr Freedman takes an integrative approach to therapy, drawing upon various models of therapy, founded in a Humanistic Rogerian Philosophical approach where the therapeutic alliance forms a place of safety for change and growth to occur.

Dr Freedman has many years of experience working in a variety of settings, including experience working within multidisciplinary teams, group facilitation, individual therapy, with a range of presenting difficulties for people across the lifespan. The importance of developing individual formulations that provide understanding of a person’s difficulties, and informs therapeutic practice, are fundamental to the scientist practitioner model.

Dr Freedman is currently working towards accreditation as an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner and is a member of EMDR Academy UK.

Research Interests

Doctoral Thesis - Lived experience of mothers who have successfully navigated child protection and addition services to good outcome. Qualitative research of the points of psychological change and the resiliency factors employed thought the process. Aims were to identify aspects of services that helped or hindered the women in their journey to achieve sobriety.

The Experiences of Women Who Have Successfully Navigated Alcohol and Child Protection Services: Importance of Connection to Healing

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  • Counselling Psychology First Class Hons BSc
  • CPsychol, Practitioner Psychologist
  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
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