About Dr Heather

Dr Heather Randall is a warm, calm and compassionate clinical psychologist. Heather completed her psychology training in the UK and has over 15 years experience of working in UK mental health services including the National Health Service (NHS) and private health care organisation the Priory group. Before her move to Adelaide, Heather held a senior position within an NHS adult mental health service, leading a psychology team, as well as offering supervision to other psychological practitioners and trainees.

 

Heather is aware that coming to therapy can be a daunting prospect and believes strongly in the importance of reducing the stigma attached to mental health. She would like to reassure people that they are not alone! Statistics for adults in Australia show that almost half of the population will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life and 1 in 5 people over the last 12 months (www.aihw.go.au). Heather aims to understand the issues that bring someone to therapy in the context of their life experiences, holding in mind both historical and current life circumstances.

 

Heather has a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of mental health difficulties and is trained in a number of therapies with an evidence base supporting their effectiveness. This includes:

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). 

Being trained in a variety of therapy approaches, Heather will tailor a treatment approach based on a shared psychological formulation/understanding of people’s individual needs, concerns and identified goals. She believes it is important to create a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental space to help people feel comfortable about exploring their difficulties. Heather will work at a pace that feels right for each individual, moving towards understanding what is causing someone’s emotional (or physical) pain and from this point working towards finding a new relationship with themselves and to find healthier ways to survive and ultimately thrive. Heather recognises that this process will be unique to each person seeking treatment.

 

Heather appreciates the enormous learning she has gained and continues to gain from the clients she works with, as well as her own personal experiences. She is dedicated to her work and supporting people overcoming the challenges they face so that they can improve the quality of their lives.

Heather may assist with

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Trauma and Complex Trauma

  • Low self esteem

  • Perfectionism 

  • Body Dysmorphia

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Life challenges and changes

  • Grief and loss

  • Stress management

  • Sleep problems

  • Phobias

  • Panic attacks

  Qualifications & Professional Associations

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology. University of Southampton, UK.  2009.

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills. University of the West of England, UK. 2004

  • Bachelor of Science (Dual Honours) Biology and Psychology. Keele University, UK.  2000.

  • Heather is accredited as a Clinical Psychologist in both Australia and the UK:

  • Registered Psychologist, Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).