Dr Rosemary Gomes:
My name is Dr Rosemary Gomes and I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist based at HQ Therapy Haggerston on Fridays. I am a compassionate and intelligent mental health professional possessing a broad range of clinical experience with people with mental health conditions. I have gained this from over 10 years of working in NHS settings.
Through working in multiple childrens‘ services, I am specialised in providing interventions for children with disabilities and their families, including assessing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, I have expertise and confidence in treating adult mental health difficulties in a wide variety of client groups across the life course and with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
I am open and aware in my communication, skilled at interacting when information is complex or sensitive. I have built fruitful therapeutic relationships with diverse clients. I demonstrate a responsive and flexible manner in outpatient, inpatient, community and primary care settings. I have provided motivating and nurturing leadership when facilitating groups, teaching and in staff support activities.
Areas of interest:
- Neuro-developmental disabilities
- Low self-esteem
- Behavioural interventions
- Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
- Parent-child work
- Relational difficulties
- Long-term health conditions
- Complex grief reactions and bereavement
I work integratively across several evidence-based psychological models:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – A form of therapy focusing on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how these connect together. We may notice how your thinking, mental images or memories can keep certain behaviours going or can impact on your mood. We may experiment with cognitive or behavioural strategies to try to modify some of these.
- Family/Systemic Model – I will draw on systems theory to broaden the focus of the treatment from you as an individual to the family and social context. We will look at how relationships, patterns of interaction and communications shape your experiences. We will examine how problems have arisen in an interpersonal context and may have been impacted by wider frameworks such as expectations of culture or gender.
- Psychodynamic Model – We will use our therapeutic relationship to understand your symptoms and how they relate to your early history, development and current relationships. We will use unconscious communications as well as what is spoken in the therapy room to inform our work.
- Motivational Interviewing – A style of counselling which is highly effective in working through the change process in addictions or other dysfunctional or destructive behaviours. Using empathy, reflective listening and collaboration, we will nonjudgementally explore your values, beliefs and the ambivalence that may be preventing you from making positive changes.
I am passionate about using evidence-based psychological techniques that are grounded in a tailored understanding of a person’s distress. I do this by constructing and continually refining a formulation to make sense of someone’s difficulties, drawing on both theoretical models and information that presents during therapy.
I am thoughtful about societal context and mindful of macro forces such as technology, social class and economic climate, and how these influence mental well-being. I am proactive and enthusiastic about achieving successful therapy outcomes. I work to restore trust and create hope where it has been lost.