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Dr Ricky Barrows
BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol, HCPC Reg.
British Chartered Clinical Psychologist

I have a long standing interest in psychology, philosophy, and human development. This derived from difficulties in my early life that prompted the desire to understand what it is to be human and live a worthwhile existence.

Before and during my Psychology degree, I worked with people struggling with mental health difficulties in the voluntary and private sector. My studies focused on exploring the root causes of anxiety and biased perception.

After my degree I worked in the NHS for 7 years, which led to completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. During this time I worked in a variety of specialist settings, such as Occupational Health, Physical Health, Community Mental Health and Inpatient Services. My doctoral thesis focused on the way we attach and bond with others and how this can impact therapy. This grew into a particular interest in working with adults, and the application of attachment theory, which involves understanding how we relate to ourselves and others, particularly in close relationships.

A specialist interest in the way mind and body interwove to produce physical health problems emerged from working in general hospitals. I began working privately to enable me specialise and seek additional training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), which offers advanced ways to work with complex cases and the way the body and mind influence one another.

In addition to my private work. I teach therapy skills to psychotherapists and am an honorary lecturer, teaching workshops to students on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme.

Long standing interests in:



Human development

First class Psychology Degree-Bsc (Hons)


Perception bias

Root causes of anxiety

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology-DClinPsy


Attachment believe patterns

Attachment & impact on therapy

Worked in the NHS

Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)

Occupational Health Department

Physical Health Departments

Inpatient Services

Special Interests:


Complex cases

Mind/body connection 

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I am a Chartered member of British Psychological Society (BPS), and a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology. ‘Chartered’ refers to the level of membership awarded by the BPS. It reflects the society’s gold standard in terms of psychological knowledge, expertise and commitment to ethical standards of practice. Chartered members are listed on the BPS website; you can verify my registration by searching chartered members using my surname.


‘Clinical Psychologist’ is a legally protected title requiring registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This ensures that those using this title have completed the correct training and meet the required standards. To remain on the register, professionals are required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date through continued professional development. Registered professionals are listed on the HCPC website. You can verify my registration by using my surname under the profession of ‘practitioner psychologist’ in a search of the register.