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People seek therapy for all kinds of reasons.  You might feel anxious and unhappy or struggling to cope with traumatic events or difficult childhood experiences.  Maybe you are having problems in your relationships such as insecurities and resentments, or feel stuck or unsure about where it is going. You might get overwhelmed by negative thoughts and feelings and find it difficult to cope and focus on your day. These maybe familiar lifelong problems or new problems that you’ve encountered more recently. 

When we're struggling with our mental health we can often feel alone. We may not know who to turn to for the type of support we're truly seeking.  You might have tried therapy before but have struggled to make progress that lasts.  These difficult feelings may have a negative impact on your life, your self-worth and the quality of your relationships. I can help you make sense of these experiences and develop tools to cope with your emotions in a healthier way, and in a way that improves the connections you have with others.

Starting therapy can feel a little daunting.  You might not know what to expect and whether it could help you.  With this in mind, I offer a personal and confidential space to identify and explore your difficulties.  You are unique with unique experiences and emotional needs, and the evidence based treatments I use are tailored to your personal circumstances.  I believe the building blocks of effective therapy are a trusting relationship where you feel safe, heard and accepted.  Where your emotional needs are given centre stage and you can express yourself comfortably without fear or compromise.  My approach is compassionate, understanding, and kind, fostering growth and paving the way to self-discovery, healing and getting your life back on track.


When it comes to your emotional wellbeing it is important to know your therapist has obtained the highest qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience in the field.    

I'm a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience.  I have worked extensively with a broad range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma, PTSD and personality disorders as well as bipolar disorders and psychotic experiences.  I'm registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) which confers legal recognition within psychological therapy to deliver the highest standards of clinical knowledge and expertise.  I have also gained recognition with the International Society of Schema Therapy as a Certified Advanced Level Schema Focused Therapist providing the highest level of clinical knowledge and skills in this treatment model for clients to identify, overcome and manage their difficulties.

Michelle Fong Clinical Psychologist

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In my extensive years of clinical practice, I've helped adults with a range of difficulties both privately and within a range of NHS Mental Health Services.  I specialise in assessing and treating a range of difficulties:

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Alcohol Use

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety  

  • Bereavement

  • Bipolar

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  • Bullying

  • Childhood trauma

  • Co-dependency

  • Depression

  • Discrimination

  • Dissociation

  • Domestic violence

  • Drug Abuse

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD)

  • Gambling

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Infidelity

  • Loneliness

  • Low Self Confidence

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Migration Stress

  • Miscarriage

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

  • Panic

  • Parenting

  • Personality Disorders

  • Phobias

  • Physical Abuse

  • Postnatal Depression

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Pregnancy and birth

  • Psychosis

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Self-harming

  • Separation and Divorce

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sleep problems

  • Social Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Trauma

  • Work-related stress

  • Worry


  • Certified Advanced Level Schema Therapist, 2016, International Society of Schema Therapy

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, PsychD, 2007, Canterbury Christ Church University

  • MSc in Applied Social Studies, 2002, Oxford University

  • BSc in Psychology, 1999, Warwick University

Professional Registrations

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) PYL06805

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) 92996

  • International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) 30215037

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced DBS) 001813492200

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My clients receive the best psychological treatments backed  by research and scientific evidence proven to deliver results.  I work integratively and  offer a range of evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Trauma Therapy and tailoring them to your needs and goals.  The key to these therapeutic approaches is developing a safe and trusting relationship with you, so you feel accepted and able to make the most of your therapy journey to healing and recovery.

Schema Therapy (Schema Focused Therapy)

At the core of schema therapy is the concept that emotional difficulties we experience today are strongly influenced by unmet emotional needs in childhood and adolescence.  This can often arise because of childhood trauma. For example, through abandonment or abuse, emotionally unavailable parenting, or you may have felt overly criticised for not meeting high expectations.  These early experiences often give rise to painful feelings of shame and defectiveness, low self-esteem, trust issues, anger, fear, sadness, and loneliness. 

Using Schema Therapy I can help you identify and understand current problems in the context of your early experiences and emotional needs which may not have met in a good enough way.  I can help you notice patterns you find yourself repeating that get in the way of feeling safe, confident, happy and connected to others.  For example, always going out of your way to please people and pushing your needs and desires aside or feeling immense pressure to meet unrealistically high standards you place on yourself.  You may notice you avoid intimacy and connection with others because you fear rejection, judgement or abuse. Or you may find yourself getting into the same toxic relationships over and over again.   Schema therapy helps you to meet your emotional needs for safety, love, acceptance, emotional expression, fulfilment and purpose in the here and now.  The trusting and safe therapeutic relationship I offer you will help you develop healthier ways of coping with the past so you don't get stuck in unhealthy life patterns.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours relate to one another. There are many factors that can shape your style of thinking and beliefs about yourself, other people, and the world around you.  CBT helps you understand and identify the thoughts and beliefs that are having a negative impact on your emotions e.g., having a thought that others are judging you may make you feel anxious, one way of coping with this may be to avoid socialising but this way of coping is likely to reinforce these beliefs as we limit opportunities to discover that this may not always be the case.  So these thoughts and behaviours maintain our feelings of anxiety and loneliness.  I can help you to be aware of these processes and find new ways to cope and new perspectives on your issues.  CBT is an effective evidence based treatment for a range of problems like depression, anxiety, panic and phobias through to understanding and managing highs and lows in your mood and also experiences like voice hearing or having unusual beliefs.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is effective for treating ongoing depression, anxiety, and stress. The concept of Mindfulness comes from Eastern philosophy of living in the present moment instead of getting bogged down by worrying about our past and our future.  I can help you bring awareness to your patterns of negative thinking and to notice the impact this has on your behaviour and emotional responses in a curious, accepting, and non-judgemental way.  Together we can develop personalised strategies and activities to promote mindfulness with the aim to increase your self -awareness, confidence and ability to cope with stress, to manage your thoughts and feelings more effectively and to improve your decision-making ability, focus and attention.

Trauma Therapy (Trauma Focused Cognitive Therapy)

Trauma Therapy or Trauma Focused Cognitive Therapy helps you manage frightening and debilitating symptoms following a highly distressing experience.  It also helps you understand how the brain processes highly stressful events like being involved in a car accident or being a victim of domestic violence.  When we experience trauma, we can often be left with intense emotions like fear, horror, shame, anger and loss of control.   

Post traumatic symptoms (PTSD) vary between person to person but typically includes intrusive thoughts or images of what happened, flashbacks that feel as if the event is happening again in real time or dreams / nightmares with similar themes and feelings related to the traumatic event. You might also worry about your safety when you are awake and avoid situations that remind you of the trauma.  You may also experience dissociation which is like a switching off from emotions or senses, like blanking out, to cope with these memories.  PTSD symptoms may also be triggered by things that remind us of the traumatic event like hearing something on the TV or more sensory experiences like smells or sounds.  Trauma therapy helps you understand why these PTSD symptoms are all normal reactions to trauma and are responses to emotionally charged events.  I can help you to manage unresolving symptoms by providing tailored strategies to cope with them.  I can also help you examine the meaning you have given to these events in a caring and compassionate way, explore how you have made sense of them, and how helpful they are to your recovery by recontextualising the feelings and thoughts surrounding the event and managing the emotions that arise from them.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioural therapy is a skills-based treatment to help you understand and accept who you are but also to manage difficult feelings you might experience such as depression, anxiety, stress and worry or very overwhelming experiences like self-harm and suicidal thinking. We can often find ourselves impacted by strong feelings or urges which may have a negative impact on several areas of our life and prevent us enjoying the moment and fulfilling our goals.  I can help you to develop helpful strategies and problem-solving techniques so you can balance the acceptance of your emotions as real and valid with feeling empowered to manage them.  I can also help you to focus on being mindful about your relationships and how we can enhance the ones that are supportive and healthy as well as manage those that are not.

Bereavement Therapy

When we experience loss the support from family or friends often helps us heal and live life again.  Sometimes however we may find this is not enough and we may need specialist help to do this.   If you have lost a loved one or anticipating the loss of someone you are close to, I am here to offer a space to speak of the grief and the pain that comes with this.  Loss comes in all shapes and forms and the grief process is very similar.  I can also help you process the loss of hopes and opportunities either through unfulfilled plans like having children or a desired career or having a physical health condition.  I also have experience supporting people who have lost someone through suicide.  I can offer you a safe and non-judgemental space to express your feelings and to find ways to cope and continue to live more meaningfully again. 


FAQs Dr Michelle Fong psychologist
  • What are your fees?
    I offer a standard 15-minute consultation by telephone or zoom without charge to talk about your main difficulties and what you are seeking and how I can help you, if you decide to go ahead with sessions we can arrange this afterwards. My standard fee is £130 per session. If you are paying for your session yourself, I ask that the fee is paid prior to the session and no later than the close of day your session is scheduled for. Payments are made via bank transfer unless you are funding through insurance. If you are paying via your health insurance provider, I will invoice them directly. I am a health approved therapist for the following health insurance providers: AXA Health, Aviva, Bupa, Cigna, Healix, Vitality, and WPA. Please get in touch with your insurer regarding a referral.
  • Do you offer a sliding scale?
    I am happy to discuss your personal circumstances in regard to income adjusted fees. I have a limited number of sessions where I can offer clients a sliding scale, however, this is not always guaranteed.
  • Are our sessions completely confidential?
    Yes, anything you say is kept within the safety of our sessions. All Clinical Psychologists are required to have regular supervision to maintain high standards and to ensure that our practice is safe, effective and reflective. I may discuss our work with a qualified Clinical Psychologist Supervisor, however, no names or identifying details will be shared. There are legal exceptions where I may need to be break confidentiality without your permission. However, I will always be open and honest with you and discuss this in advance. These include: • Your Safety: * You have given me reason to believe you are going to take your life or seriously injure yourself. * If you have become incapacitated and are unable to communicate consent for yourself, in a situation of extreme emotional distress or you are in physical danger and I need to get you help. • Public Interest: *Disclosure of information about child abuse. *Risk of serious injury or harm to someone else. *Act of terrorism or serious crime or miscarriage of justice. All emails you send to me are end-to-end encrypted and securely password protected using Proton Mail who are GDPR compliant. Proton Mail does not have access to the contents of emails via their servers due to their zero-access encryption. Emails will be accessible from devices which are all password protected. ​I will take paper notes during the session or go through worksheets/questionnaires with you. Your name will not be put on these documents. If there are any documents that need to be kept, they will be scanned and uploaded to your secure notes. Any paper notes from the session will be destroyed. Your contact details, assessment information and subsequent notes from sessions will be kept on GDPR compliant and securely password protected software called WriteUpp. Your information is securely stored on their cloud and not downloaded to any of my computers or devices. You have a right to access any of the data I keep about you and requests will be responded to within 30 days without charge.
  • How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions will depend on the issues you would like to discuss and resolve, taking into account your unique circumstance and needs. It is also dependent on the type of therapy approach you choose to engage with, for example CBT is designed to be a shorter term therapy which can last between 6-20 or more sessions. Other forms of therapy such as Schema Therapy tend to be longer term, but we will regularly review the process. Often, once therapy starts new issues can arise that you perhaps may not have been aware of that you then want to explore further, it is also possible that you may see an improvement faster than you expected.
  • What will the sessions look like?
    We begin our first session by developing a shared understanding of your problems. This is called the assessment phase and it is where I will spend time getting to know your difficulties, needs and what you would like to achieve. I am interested in hearing about what brought you to therapy, what your current difficulties are, how your difficulties have developed over time and any patterns that you may have noticed in how you relate to other people and how you cope with difficulties. This time allows me to really get to know you, including hearing about your strengths and your values as a person and not just your difficulties. From here therapy is tailored to your needs and we will work on your treatment goals so that they are achieved in a meaningful way. Sessions last between 50- 60 minutes and are delivered online and there is no obligation to engage in therapy after the assessment period.
  • How frequent are the sessions?
    I offer sessions on a weekly basis, and I keep sessions scheduled for the same time and day each week. Depending on your needs and how therapy progresses this may decrease to having sessions every two weeks or once a month.
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