Name: Phillipa A. Williams

Consulting Address:

24 Albion Place

Telephone: 01604 628237 (w)



1983 – 1985: Bachelor of Arts (University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (UNP), South Africa)
1986: Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) (UNP)
1987 – 1988: Master of Arts: (Counselling Psychology) (UNP)


1989 – 1999: South African Medical and Dental Council – Counselling Psychologist

January 1999: British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence and Chartered Status granted as Chartered Counselling Psychologist

1999 – Present: British Psychological Society- Chartered Psychologist                                                                       & Accredited Supervisor

2009 – 2017: Health and Care Professions Council-Practitioner Psychologist

2014-Present: Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society


January 2013- present: Independent Consultant Psychologist

1.1 I currently work independently with children, adolescents and families, based in Northamptonshire, providing:

* assessment and intervention for a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety, fears, phobias, and stress
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Depression/low mood
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Neuro-developmental Disorders ((eg Tourette’s, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD))
  • School related/learning difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Parental separation/divorce
  • Behaviour difficulties
    * a range of psychological therapies, including:
  • Psycho-dynamic psychotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural therapies
  • Somatic Trauma therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Parent Counselling and Family therapy
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy

*as an Accredited Supervisor with the British Psychological Society (BPS), I also provide:
*Individual and group supervision to therapists, and trainee Counselling Psychologists
*Consultation within organisations
*medico-legal reports as an expert witness.  The focus of this work has been with minors who are asylum seekers.  I have prepared reports to be used by the Home Office, as well as for cases to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights.

  • In addition to clinical practice, during this time period I have also worked as follows:
  • Fixed Term contract January 2013-December 2013: Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Supervisor in Northampton , and briefly at Birmingham Childrens’s Hospital Trust MST Team.  This role included providing supervision or back-up supervision to the local MST teams.
  • Part- time contract September 2013-July 2014: In-house Counsellor at Northampton High School For Girls. This role included providing a weekly confidential drop-in counseling service to the pupils at school.
  • Part-time contract September 2015-July 2016: In-house Psychologist at Oundle School. This role involved providing psychological assessments , and advice regarding pupils requested by the school doctors, as well as weekly psychological therapy to pupils as part of the school’s Counselling Service.
  • Fixed term part-time contracts January 2013-July 2015: Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton.  This role involved teaching on the  MSc Counselling Children and Young People, and MSc  Child and Adolescent Mental Health courses; in addition, I provided group supervision for the students on clinical placements.
  • 2014-2015: Family Therapy. This role involved providing Family Therapy,  co-working with a Clinical Psychologist colleague also fully trained in Milan Family Therapy.

March 1999 –December 2012: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, NHS, Northamptonshire

Positions held:

March 1999 – July 2003: Clinical Psychologist
Aug 2003 – Nov 2011: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Band 8C, AFC)
Dec 2011- Dec 2012: Consultant Psychologist/Clinical Lead for Psychology & Allied Professions in CAMHS


For the provision of clinical psychology services within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, including:-

  • Psychological assessment and intervention with children and adolescents and their families with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, based on the application of psychological knowledge and principles;
  • Development, delivery and management of highly specialist interventions for service users
  • Provision of professional and clinical supervision for less experienced clinical psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists from Oxford University and Leicester University.
  • Provision of specialist consultation, advice, training and supervision to other professionals, both within CAMHS and external agencies, such as Community Paediatrics, Education, Social Care and Health.
  • Research/audit and development activities.
  • Lecturing/ teaching, including at the University of Northampton; Board of Examiners for Oxford University Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology.
  • Participation in the management and service development of psychological services to children and young people, with particular responsibility for User Participation, Outcome Measures, Clinical Governance, Major Incident, and Cultural Competency.
  • Service development in specific clinical areas, including Early Intervention service for children aged Under Eight, developing services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, developing a Multi-agency Care Pathway for young people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, developing a policy, protocol and team for the management of the Service’s response to Major Incidents. Establishment and coordination of Trauma Interest Group within the Service.
  • Professional Lead for Psychologists and Allied Professionals (Art Therapist, Drama Therapist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor) in county-wide CAMHS; this involved attendance at CAMHS Clinical Executive meetings, service development activities, appraisal of staff, and generally providing clinical leadership to the team of 13 psychologists and other professionals.

Mar 1994 – Dec 1998: Counselling Psychologist: Private Practice, Durban, South Africa


Provision of Child Psychology Services including:-

  • Psychotherapy and play therapy with children (age 2 – 12 years), and individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents
  • Group therapy for children (divorce & bereavement support groups)
  • Assessment of children and adolescents with psychological, behavioural and developmental disorders, and educational/learning difficulties, in consultation with professionals in other fields (psychiatry, paediatrics, remedial education, speech therapy, and occupational therapy)
  • Parent Counselling and Family Therapy
  • Consultation to Schools (primary and high schools) in government and private sectors, and to Welfare Children’s Homes
  • Supervision of intern (trainee) psychologist on placement in the practice
  • Supervision of other qualified psychologists
  • Lectures to Masters Psychology students at University of Natal, Durban and the University of Durban-Westville on the assessment of children and play therapy
  • Initiating and coordinating professional development programme for psychologists within the Durban central area
  • Public addresses
  • Management of the practice and maintenance of premises, employment of secretarial and domestic staff, general financial management of the business, managing appointments and clients, and caseload.

Aug 1992 – Feb 1995: Children’s Assessment and Therapy Centre, Durban, South Africa

Position Held: Counselling Psychologist


  • Assessment of children and adolescents with psychological, behavioural and developmental disorders, and educational/ learning difficulties, as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Coordinator of multi-disciplinary (teachers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists) treatment of developmentally delayed children in the Developmental Unit at the Centre
  • Individual play therapy and psychotherapy with children and adolescents
  • Family Therapy, Parent Counselling, and Parent Training Groups
  • Public addresses

Feb 1992 – July 1992: Travelled abroad

Apr 1989- Jan 1992: Student Counselling Centre, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

Position Held: Counselling Psychologist/ Student Counsellor


  • Individual psychotherapy and counselling with staff and students
  • Career assessment and counselling (group & individual)
  • Workshops on campus (eg sexual harassment, study skills)
  • Curriculum planning counselling
  • Researcher and Secretary on University AIDS Committee
  • Attendance at University Board Meetings


My past-times include socialising with friends, hill walking, nature conversation, playing the clarinet in a wind orchestra, reading and mindfulness meditation.  I am also an enthusiastic dog owner.