Dr Damien Pearse
Tel: 01273 915261
Shame and self criticism
Most people live with a version of the "I'm not good enough" story. For some people these stories can feel quite crushing and are made worse by relentless self-criticism. My approach has a strong focus on enhancing self-compassion and lifting shame, using evidence-based compassion-focused therapies.
Anger is a natural human emotion but it can cause problems if we allow it to impact destructively on our behaviour. We can develop skills which enable us to respond more flexibly to this emotion so we can make wiser choices when activated. This will help you be the best version of yourself.
When you are in the grip of low mood and depression, life often feels bleak and hopeless. We lose motivation. We then tend to get into a pattern of behaving and self-criticising which perpetuates the problem. A compassion-focused behavioural approach can provide motivation to reconnect with a life worth living.
Symptoms of anxiety and trauma can be distressing and impact life at work, home and socially. I have worked in specialist services for anxiety and trauma and can support you to make sense of your symptoms and lead a fuller and more meaningful life.
As a senior registered psychologist, I have a particular focus on certain evidence-based therapies - what are known as third-wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches. In particular, I find that an integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), can help to move clients forward - from places they feel stuck and weighed down. There is a strong focus on consciously and actively moving towards a life that feels meaningful - despite painful feelings, thoughts and memories.
I am a senior registered counselling psychologist with several years of experience within specialist NHS services. I also see clients privately from a consulting room at my home and can arrange sessions via Skype and Zoom. In my past life I was a journalist for various leading media organisations.
It can be quite a big step to reach out for help, especially if you are anxious, ashamed, stressed or depressed. Why not give me a call to discuss ways I might be able support you moving forward? You can call me on 01273 915261. Otherwise, email me at or on the form below to arrange an initial assessment meeting.