Chartered Clinical Psychologist
(Available for online and face to face consultations on a Thursday afternoon, in Kings Heath & Kings Norton, Birmingham.)
Dr Carmel Bennett is a registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Carmel completed an undergraduate psychology degree, MRes in clinical psychology and a PhD, before working as a postdoctoral research fellow on clinical trials exploring the effectiveness of interventions supporting individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Following this, Carmel completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham and qualified in 2018. Since qualifying, Carmel has worked within the NHS, supporting individuals with complex physical and mental health issues.
Carmel carries out psychological assessments and provides evidence based psychological interventions for a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Binge Eating Disorder, (BED), Bulimia Nervosa (BN) and addiction, among others. She has a special interest in supporting individuals struggling with chronic physical health issues, including persistent pain and cancer. Carmel has experience in working with neurodiverse individuals, supporting them to work towards their goals. She is experienced in working with children and young people as well as adults and older adults.
Carmel is trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Her approach is integrative, flexible and creative, combining aspects of different models to suit her clients' needs.
Carmel's main priority is to create a safe non-judgemental and compassionate space in which clients feel listened to. She works collaboratively with clients to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and needs and she works with her clients to develop effective interventions enabling them to move towards their goals.
More recently Carmel trained to be a yoga teacher and hence integrates aspects of breath work, meditation and movement into her therapeutic work where appropriate.