Dr Robyn O’Connell
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Associations & Memberships
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Training & Qualifications
• Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London, 2009-2012
• BSc Psychology (Hons), University of Nottingham, 2001-2004
• Understanding Alexithymia and the Autism-ADHD connection; Dr Neff, 2023
• EMDR parts 1-3, Richman EMDR training, 2021
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2), 2019
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy; Essential Skills, 2019
• Therapeutic Assessment of Self-harm (using Cognitive Analytic Therapy); South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, 2016
• Mindfulness Training; IOPPN, 2014
• CBT for Children and Young People; Anna Freud Centre, 2012
• The Development of Psychoanalytic Theory; The Tavistock Centre, 2011-2012
I have worked for the NHS from 2007-2023 in various services, offering mental health support, psychological therapy and autism assessments to individuals across all ages. I began offering autism assessments and psychological therapy independently in private practice in 2019. At the core of my approach is holding the people I work with in mind with compassion and kindness. I provide a safe, confidential space, where people are met with warmth and understanding.
I believe that neurodiversity should be celebrated; our differences are what make us unique. However, some differences can put us at a disadvantage, or can be misunderstood within systems, and in these situations assessment of autism can be helpful. For example, in identifying whether support is needed in order to thrive in a neurotypical world. For some people, knowing whether they, or someone they love is autistic helps with developing and accepting their identity.
I strongly believe that individuals and families should be given as much information as possible about autism assessment and potentially diagnosis, to enable them to make an informed choice about whether it is useful or necessary for them. My approach is respectful and collaborative, maintaining transparency and choice throughout the assessment process.
– Autism assessment for adults, young people, and children
– EMDR for a range of presentations, including:
• Anxiety including phobias
• Depression and low mood
• Low self-esteem
• Shame and guilt
• Loss and bereavement
• Relationship difficulties
• Workplace issues such as bullying and stress
What I Offer
I work as part of a multidisciplinary team with my colleagues at Mind to Mind Therapies, offering autism assessments which can be provided both online and face-to-face in clinic. In addition, I work therapeutically with adults offering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), though at present this is only available online.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for our fees, our information leaflet about autism assessment, or to arrange a free initial telephone consultation.