Dr Megan Reay
Associations & Memberships
HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
BABCP accredited CBT practitioner
AFT (Association of Family Therapy)
Intermediate Systemic Practitioner
Training & Qualifications
– Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Oxford
– BABCP accredited CBT practitioner
– Intermediate qualification in systemic family therapy (Association of Family Therapy)
– ADOS and ADI-R trained practitioner (autism diagnostic assessments)
– MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology, University of Warwick
– BSc in Psychology, University of Warwick
My name is Dr Megan Reay. I am a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist who is registered with the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC). I founded Heads in Herts after working in the NHS for 5 years, specialising in child and adolescent mental health. I am passionate about supporting children, adolescents, and young adults to overcome their mental health difficulties, to enable them to reach their full potential.
I have worked in a range of settings within the NHS including general child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), paediatrics, specialist CAMHS eating disorder services, and a CAMHS outreach service. I continue to work in a CAMHS team alongside my private practice where I support young people with their mental health and complete Autism diagnostic assessments.
I specialise in working with children, adolescents and young adults aged 0-25 who are experiencing one or more of the following difficulties:
– Depression/ low mood
– Eating disorders
– Body dysmorphia
– Low self esteem
– Panic attacks
– Tics / Tourette’s
What I Offer
I provide specialist support to children, adolescents and young adults aged 0-25 who are struggling with their mental health. I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to support young people who may be struggling with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, phobias or panic attacks.
I provide a compassionate and collaborative space for young people who are struggling. My work is predominantly formulation-led which means I create an individualised therapy plan based on each person’s specific difficulties, as opposed to focusing on diagnostic labels or protocols. The main therapeutic modalities which I draw upon are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Systemic Family Therapy. I also offer specialist CBT supervision to professionals.
Before starting therapeutic work together, I offer a thorough assessment appointment. This is a space where we can think together about what difficulties have brought you to therapy, how or why these difficulties might have started, and what is keeping them going. We will also talk about your hopes for therapy, and any goals you would like to achieve. This information is gathered to create an individualised understanding, or formulation, of your difficulties which can help to establish which therapy will be most effective.
All therapy appointments last for approximately 45-60 minutes, and usually take place weekly or fortnightly. Appointments can take place online, face-to-face, or a mixture of both depending on your needs and preferences. I usually recommend meeting weekly at first, and then spreading out sessions as things start to feel more manageable.
It can be daunting to choose a therapist, and I understand that finding the right therapist is so important, which is why I initially offer a free 15 minute call to discuss the type of support you’re hoping to access, and to establish if we would be a good fit to work together. Please also explore my website for more information.
For a 90 minute initial assessment session I charge £125 for an online appointment, or £185 for a face-to-face appointment. Following an initial assessment, therapy appointments are charged at £85 for an online appointment, or £125 for a face-to-face appointment. Professional CBT supervision is offered remotely and is charged at £85 per session.