Dr Katie Smith
Hello, I am Dr Katie Smith, founder of Rouken Glen Psychology. I am a caring, experienced and professional clinical psychologist who is committed to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being and overcome life's inevitable challenges. In 2019 I founded Rouken Glen Psychology to provide a high quality and client-centred service, with a focus on evidence-based psychological therapies. Rouken Glen Psychology provides a service to adults aged 18 years and over, who are struggling with common mental health difficulties or adjusting to physical health problems. I also provide supervision of psychological therapy to other practitioners, particularly CBT and related approaches.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC number PYL 19641) and am also a Chartered Psychologist, meaning that I am recognised by the British Psychological Society as having the highest level of psychological knowledge and expertise. I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Glasgow, 2003), a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Glasgow, 1999) and I regularly undertake Continued Professional Development. I am an approved provider by the major health insurance companies and accept self-funding clients.
I previously worked for over 20 years within the NHS, in services for people with common mental health difficulties and in hospitals with patients recovering from illness and injury. I have experience providing specialist psychological assessments and therapy, delivering training, developing psychology services and supervising other professionals. Most recently I worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in a specialist service for people with gender dysphoria, until 2019.
Rouken Glen Psychology's associates are registered, highly qualified and trusted colleagues. On contacting Rouken Glen Psychology you will be offered a free introductory call with Dr Katie Smith who will discuss your needs, preferences and fit with an appropriate clinician. If you are referred to an associate for any assessment or therapy, then your associate will provide you with a set of their terms and conditions and will be fully responsible for your work together.
Dr Harriet Hockaday (Associate)
Dr Harriet Hockaday is an HCPC registered, qualified Clinical Psychologist (HCPC no. PYL34769). She is an experienced and specialist therapist, who has worked in various mental health services within the NHS since 2014, including in adult mental heath, older adult psychology, child and adolescent mental health and neuropsychology services.
Harriet provides a warm, welcoming, compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, to make sense of your life experiences, and to consider goals to improve your wellbeing. She draws from a number of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).
Harriet holds the following qualifications: MSc (Hons) Psychology & History, University of Glasgow; MA Health Psychology, University of Stirling;
DClinPsy (Doctor of Clinical Psychology), University of Edinburgh.
Harriet offers appointments to to adults (18+), online, by phone or face-to-face in comfortable surroundings in Beith, North Ayrshire. Harriet has availability on selected weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. She accepts self-funding clients only.
Below are some examples of the kind of problems we commonly work with at Rouken Glen Psychology. However, there are many types of difficulties not listed here which we can help with, so please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your own requirements.
Anxiety affects us all from time-to-time. When it stops us from doing things that are important to us or interferes with our relationships, then psychological therapy can be helpful. The sorts of problems that we can help with include general feelings of anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Life can throw up challenges, both expected and unexpected. Sometimes this can lead us to feel derailed, ‘stuck’ or that we have lost ourselves and we can struggle to see a way forward. Under these circumstances, psychological therapy can be helpful.
Whilst it’s normal to feel low, down or sad at times, if these feelings are persistent and/or worsening, it is important to seek help. Psychological therapy can help you to understand and tackle the issues underlying your depression.
Although humans are generally resilient to trauma, in certain circumstances the effects of a trauma or series of traumas can persist for months and years. It may feel impossible to get back to ‘normal’ or you may experience distressing memories, thoughts or dreams related to the event. Evidence-based psychological interventions can help you process what has happened and move forwards in constructive ways.
The quality of our relationships and our sense of connection with others are crucial in life. One of the most important things we can do to improve our mental health and quality of life is to improve our relationships and social support. Psychological therapy can help give us the necessary insights and tools to change.
Physical health issues
Our physical and mental health are linked in various ways. We have specific experience supporting people with physical health problems, for example adjustment to illness or injury, rehabilitation and health behaviour change. Dr Smith has a particular interest in supporting people struggling with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and perimenopause.