Dr Kate E Stevens
BSc(Hons) MSc DClinPsych HCPC(UK) BABCP(UK)
Dr Kate is re-locating to Oxford in the UK where she will be able to offer appointments to clients from January 2021. Appointments can be in the form of face-to-face sessions in Oxford or via teleconsultation.
Dr Kate is an accredited Clinical Psychologist who has been working with individuals and families for over 15 years. Kate completed her doctoral clinical training at University College London in 2009. Kate further has an MSc in Criminological Psychology and has completed post-graduate study in Family Therapy at King’s College London, U.K.
Dr Kate has experience working in a range of settings including community, outpatient, inpatient and specialist mental health centres and schools. Her work has encompassed a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including stress, depression, anxiety, anger management problems and psychosis. Kate strives to be a warm, compassionate and thoughtful practitioner. She uses evidence-based approaches to support clients to understand emotional and relational difficulties that they experience. Kate predominantly uses cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and family therapy to work towards goals that a client has identified. Kate specialises in working with teens and adults.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression and interpersonal difficulties (amongst others). ‘Evidence-based’ means it has undergone robust clinical trials to investigate its efficacy in alleviating psychological difficulties. CBT focuses on the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It identifies unhelpful patterns of information processing and unhelpful behavioural responses and seeks to develop new, more helpful patterns. Sessions are goal orientated and typically clients benefit from 6-12 sessions of therapy (although some clients may meet for as little as 1 session or sessions can be ongoing).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is an action-oriented therapy. Clients are supported to identify distressing emotions and unhelpful behaviours and develop skills to respond to these in more helpful ways. Clients are encouraged to prioritise behaviours which are more in-line with their personal values (i.e. ideas about what is important in life). ACT therapy is usually around 6-12 sessions in duration (although some clients may meet for as little as 1 session or sessions can be ongoing).
Systemic Therapy is an evidence-based form of therapy designed to alleviate psychological distress and promote more positive interactions within a system. Systemic therapy considers that a psychological difficulty is not due to a deficit in the individual but rather due to problems with the system in which that individual is based. Systemic therapy seeks to build on a individuals’ strengths and enhance patterns of interaction and communication within a system.
Dr Kate enjoys offering supervision to other clinicians and students. Kate has previously taught and supervised students at King's College London and also at City University in Hong Kong.
Format of Sessions
Dr Kate will meet with you for an assessment session which is 60 minutes in duration. At the end of the assessment Dr Kate will give her opinion on the difficulty that is presented, what factors are contributing to that difficulty and what interventions are the most suitable. Often at the end of the assessment a recommendation is given for a course of therapy but Dr Kate may also signpost a client to another specialist or service if she believes this is in the clients best interest.