Dr Lene Forrester

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hon), DClinPsychol, PhD CPsychol

Year qualified:2008


Personal profile

Dr Forrester is chartered by the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Care Professions Council. She has a PhD in psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, twenty years experience in the field of clinical and academic psychology, is a published author of books and academic journal articles and is currently undertaking a Master degree in Clinical Pain Management.

Dr Forrester has extensive experience with mood disorders and interpersonal problems, and in specific diagnostic work with neuro-developmental and other disorders. She has developed particular expertise in psychological aspects of physical conditions and persistent pain, and as such understands the complex interplay between physical and emotional health. As recommended by official clinical guidelines, Dr Forrester utilises evidence-based psychological models, employing these within a multi-stranded framework as appropriate. This is based on a unique formulation of the challenges faced by the patient.

This formulation is collaboratively identified and forms the basis for mutually agreeing the therapeutic contract, aimed at best serving the patient’s particular needs. All models and techniques she uses grounded within a strong and enabling therapeutic relationship, and she conducts regular reviews focussing on choice, empowerment and goal attainment in order to ensure that growth is being achieved. She can provide psychological interventions in English, Norwegian, Swedish & Danish.

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Professional Membership

  • Health Care Professionals Council

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)

  • Faculty of Health Psychology

  • North British Pain Association

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group

  • British Pain Society

Clinical Interests

Where physical health problems have an emotional or psychological health component, such as

  • Low mood

  • Stress

  • Anger

  • Trauma

  • Adjustment difficulties

  • Obesity

  • Loss

  • Grief

  • Persistent pain

  • Fibromyalgia, Myofacial pain

  • Fatigue

  • Functional symptoms

  • Somatisation

  • Medically unexplained symptoms

Evidence-based psychological therapies offered: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Schema Therapy Behavioural Family Therapy Health Behaviour Change

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