Dr Michelle Wilson

Clinical Psychologist & Associate

michelle@balancedminds.com

Michelle is a clinical psychologist that has worked in the NHS for over 10 years. She gained her clinical psychology doctorate from University College London (UCL). Since then she has worked in a range of clinical settings, working in both mental and physical health services, with children and adults. Part of her clinical experience has been focused on working with individuals struggling with eating disorders and co-morbid difficulties such as depression. Alongside this, Michelle has focused on working within physical health settings. She has worked in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatology and Chronic Wound Care and Lymphoedema services, supporting individual with challenges such as adjustment to diagnosis, appearance concerns, trauma and difficulties engaging with physical health care treatments.

More recently, Michelle has worked extensively in weight management services supporting adults with obesity. Specifically she has worked with individuals who have difficulties with emotional / binge eating, body image concerns, depression and anxiety. Michelle has specific interests in shame and stigma associated with weight related difficulties and has used compassion-focused approaches in relation to this with clients she has worked with. She continually works on developing her compassion-focused therapy skills and knowledge, including development of her own compassionate practice. Michelle also has an interest in Acceptance and Commitment therapy approaches and uses this flexibly within her work depending on the needs of the individual.

As a therapist, Michelle takes an open, non-judgemental and warm approach. She is deeply committed to developing a clear understanding of the issues most pertinent to the individual she is working with, and supporting them to make changes such that they can live their lives in a way that is meaningful and most consistent with their values and hopes.

In addition to this above, Michelle currently also works on a doctorate in clinical psychology training course, teaching and training individuals to practice as clinical psychologists. As part of this, Michelle is passionate about engaging in research, with her research interests laying in obesity, stigma and incorporating compassion focused self-practice into clinical training.

Registration:
BPS Charted Clinical Psychologist (225307)
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL29910)

Qualifications:
2007 BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class with BPS Undergraduate Award for highest achieved
Psychology degree at Essex University 2007)
Essex University
2010 Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Applications of Psychology (Merit)
Newman University College Birmingham
2013 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
University College London

Additional relevant training:
2009 CBT Boot Camp: Cognitive Therapy Training
Cognitive workshops
2013 Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy
East London NHS Foundation Trust
2014 Foundation Skills in Working with Trauma
Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading
2015 Enhanced CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E)
The Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) Oxford
2015 ACT as a brief intervention: Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)
Contextual Consulting
2016 Essential obesity: Psychological approaches
National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED)
2016 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Skills Building Intensive – Intermediate Level
Contextual Consulting
2016 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Physical Health Problems
Contextual Consulting
2017 Introduction to the theory and practice of Compassion Focused Therapy
The Compassionate Mind Foundation