Dr Robertson holds a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and a Masters in Forensic Psychology and is British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. Dr Robertson has fifteen years of clinical experience across a wide range of settings, including prisons, residential addiction rehabilitation centres, mental health wards and other National Health Service (NHS) hospital and surgery settings, Universities and third sector community services. She has worked with those affected by a myriad of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, phobias, personality disorder diagnoses, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (c-PTSD) and PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, memory and learning difficulties, psychosis and addiction. Many of these presentations are underpinned by traumatic experiences and Dr Robertson firmly believes in a trauma-informed, relational approach.
Dr Robertson has a special interest in addiction, trauma, and anxiety disorders, she is passionate about collaborating with those experiencing psychological difficulties to improve their quality of life, whether through one-to-one, systemic, or group-based therapeutic work, or via education and service development. Dr Robertson has often worked alongside the most disenfranchised, vulnerable people in her local communities and she is dedicated to improving people’s access to, and engagement with, therapeutic services.
She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy (PCT), Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT), Trauma-focused therapy, and mindfulness approaches, and is able to operate in an integrative-assimilative manner, utilising elements of these and other theoretical models and techniques to provide highly tailored and responsive therapy in accordance with individual needs. There is a person-centred core to Dr Robertson’s work and she values empathy, compassion, and a humanistic approach highly. She is adept at building strong, therapeutic alliances with those she works with, from initial assessment and treatment planning to treatment delivery. She has significant experience of working within multi-disciplinary settings and has experience of delivering therapy remotely online and via telephone.
Dr Robertson also greatly enjoys groupwork and public speaking - she has extensive experience of developing and delivering psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups relating to addiction recovery, anxiety management, trauma processing and many other areas, and has delivered academic lectures, training and presentations in University and conference contexts. She is also an artist and has run therapeutic creative groups with those affected by addiction, as well as those who have experienced cancer. She framed and professionally displayed the pieces each participant created in formal, public art exhibitions, both to support participant’s sense of achievement and to offer public education on the individual experiences of those impacted by addiction and cancer, respectively.