Dr Lucy Knowles is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with adults of all ages and their families across a wide range of settings, including GP practices, in client’s homes and care homes, within a physical therapy service, as well as in inpatient and community mental health teams. Having obtained a BSC in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, she went on to hold several research posts before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. Since qualifying, she has specialised in working with people affected by physical health problems, with older people, and in providing consultation to teams working with people with complex multi-faceted difficulties. In her current NHS position, she is the clinical lead for a service that provides consultation to the Accident and Emergency department of a London hospital. She also regularly works as a visiting clinical lecturer for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses at University College London, Royal Holloway, and University of East London.
Dr Knowles has worked with clients with a variety of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, relationship difficulties, physical health problems, work related stress, eating disorders, postnatal depression, and psychosexual issues.
Dr Knowles is flexible in her approach, and draws on a range of psychological therapies to ensure the therapy fits with the specific needs and preferences of the people she works with. She has expertise in delivering systemic family therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Dr Knowles creates an understanding, compassionate and respectful therapeutic space which forms the foundation of her work. She works collaboratively with the people who consult with her to support them to reflect on the difficulties affecting their lives and enable them to explore and move towards their own preferred solutions.
She is skilled in working with individuals as well as the system around a person (e.g., partners, family members, other significant relationships) to build preferred identity stories and supportive relationships that lead to meaningful change for the people who consult with her.