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Dr Shelley Kerr

Clinical Psychologist & Associate

Dr Shelley Kerr is a Clinical Psychologist working both for the NHS and private practice in London, UK. She gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2008. Her doctorate research focused on the healing potential of gratitude and kindness. Shelley has extensive, specialist experience in working with people struggling with intense unstable emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, self harm and suicidal behaviours. She is well versed in helping people find a way forward from anxiety, depression and low self esteem.

She is a passionate Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) therapist, an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) therapist and has extensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) experience. Over the past 5 years, Shelley has increasingly developed her compassion focused practice. In this work, she has seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that comes with cycles of shame and self criticism.

As a result of this experience together with the growing body of evidence for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Shelley takes a compassion focused approach to therapy and maintains focus on trying to cultivate mindfulness and compassion her in every day life. She is grateful to be able apply her experience and compassion with people who wish to take the courageous and sometimes painful steps toward becoming the person they want to be.


Shelley Kerr – Experience and Training

Qualifications – Shelley Kerr

Currently undertaking – Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy
2013 – Introductory and Advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy
2008 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD), Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2001 – Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (BPsych Hons), University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Registration and accreditation

HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL26447)
SfDBT Accredited DBT Therapist


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Recognised provider for private health insurers

Aviva (600107896); AXA PPP Healthcare (SK03788); Bupa (30038731); Cigna Healthcare (209915); WPA (920983505)


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