Dr Amy Hawkins, BSc(Hons), DClinPsy

Dr Hawkins is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with people of all ages. Amy has worked in the NHS for over 10 years with adults, children and families who experience difficulties with mental and/or physical health, including brain injury.

Amy has worked in a variety of settings, including charities, community organisations and NHS hospitals, most recently Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Amy draws from many therapeutic approaches in her work, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, systemic family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Amy has experience of working with groups, families, couples and individuals.

Physical Health

Amy has a special interest in working with those who have been impacted by physical illness or injury. She has worked across multiple teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital over several years, including dermatology, oncology, transplant, cardiology, critical and palliative care. Amy is used to working with children and adults with issues which impact upon identity, quality of life, low mood, stress and anxiety. Amy can offer support in relation to distress around medical procedures, visible differences, adjusting to a new diagnosis, managing pain, fatigue and cognitive difficulties. Amy works to support individual patients of any age, as well as parents, siblings and extended family members who live with challenges relating to a current or past health condition. She is also able to offer support around grief, loss and bereavement.

Emotional and Mental Health

Amy is skilled in working with children, young people and adults who experience difficulties with mental health such as low mood, low self-esteem, OCD, panic, stress, anxiety and phobias. She is also able to offer support for relationship difficulties or interpersonal problems. Whatever the concern, Amy works collaboratively and creatively to identify the strengths and resources needed to overcome times of difficulty. Amy draws from the evidence base to offer individually tailored interventions for individuals, couples or families affected by emotional and mental health difficulties.

Amy also has expertise in offering cognitive assessments to describe an individual’s strengths and needs relating to learning, information-processing, memory, general thinking and reasoning. Amy uses the results of these assessments to provide personalised recommendations, which may be used by individuals and organisations to establish the best environments for success. Amy is able to apply knowledge of developmental and neuro-psychological processes to her therapeutic work with children who experience neuro-developmental problems, such as ASD, ADHD and learning difficulties.

Professional Accreditations

Amy is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Areas of Expertise

Adults – Young People –  Children – Families

• Pain management
• Chronic illness
• Chronic fatigue
• Dermatology
• Oncology
• Depression
• Anxiety & Stress
• Self-esteem
• Phobias
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Identity
• Relationship difficulties
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma
• Bereavement and loss
• Parenting and family interventions
• Behaviour management