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We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
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Dr. Damien Pearse

Counselling Psychologist

Damien is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a slightly unconventional portfolio of experience.  He began his career in Law and then became a high street Journalist working for major broadsheets for over 15yrs before deciding to retrain as a psychologist.  As a psychologist, Damien is passionate about offering evidence-based relational approaches, particularly Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  More recently he has been devoted to developing the skills to integrate both CFT and ACT into working with children, young people and adults who have suffered early life adversity and trauma to support and restore their capacity for a more kind and compassionate relationship to self.

Damien has spent several years working with people across the lifespan in a diverse range of specialist settings both in the NHS and in private hospitals.  Within his NHS role, Damien has experience working in specialist services for young people experiencing psychosis and more recently in a service supporting children and adolescents who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.  In this latter role, Damien had the lead responsibility to provide multi-agency risk management consultancy to police, social services and education.   He also has considerable expertise in providing pre-sentence reports on children charged with sexual offences.  He particularly valued formulating a child’s harmful sexual behaviour within the context of their early developmental trauma history to build a more compassionate framework for understanding.  Damien especially values prioritising the voice of young people who would otherwise be stigmatised as offenders.

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Alongside his extensive experience of working with more common disturbances in mood and anxiety related disorders, Damien has special interest in working with children, young people and adults with a history of developmental trauma.  He is especially interested in the toxic role of shame that often underpins chronic disruptions in the experience of safety in relationship including our evolving relationship to self.  Damien’s doctoral research explored the role of shame and self-attach in relationship to addiction, especially alcohol and drugs as well as other forms of addiction.

During his time as a broadsheet journalist and news editor at the Guardian newspaper, he was a roving Crime Correspondent for the UK’s independent news agency covering high-profile crime stories including the murder of the BBC television presenter Jill Dando and international football tournaments where he infiltrated gangs of English football hooligans. Damien feels that his insatiable curiously in human psychology and his compassionate understanding of human fragility, including his own, has served him well in both his career as a journalist and psychologist.

Damien is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).

Dr. Damien Pearse

Counselling Psychologist

Damien is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a slightly unconventional portfolio of experience.  He began his career in Law and then became a high street Journalist working for major broadsheets for over 15yrs before deciding to retrain as a psychologist.  As a psychologist, Damien is passionate about offering evidence-based relational approaches, particularly Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  More recently he has been devoted to developing the skills to integrate both CFT and ACT into working with children, young people and adults who have suffered early life adversity and trauma to support and restore their capacity for a more kind and compassionate relationship to self.

Damien has spent several years working with people across the lifespan in a diverse range of specialist settings both in the NHS and in private hospitals.  Within his NHS role, Damien has experience working in specialist services for young people experiencing psychosis and more recently in a service supporting children and adolescents who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.  In this latter role, Damien had the lead responsibility to provide multi-agency risk management consultancy to police, social services and education.   He also has considerable expertise in providing pre-sentence reports on children charged with sexual offences.  He particularly valued formulating a child’s harmful sexual behaviour within the context of their early developmental trauma history to build a more compassionate framework for understanding.  Damien especially values prioritising the voice of young people who would otherwise be stigmatised as offenders.

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Alongside his extensive experience of working with more common disturbances in mood and anxiety related disorders, Damien has special interest in working with children, young people and adults with a history of developmental trauma.  He is especially interested in the toxic role of shame that often underpins chronic disruptions in the experience of safety in relationship including our evolving relationship to self.  Damien’s doctoral research explored the role of shame and self-attach in relationship to addiction, especially alcohol and drugs as well as other forms of addiction.

During his time as a broadsheet journalist and news editor at the Guardian newspaper, he was a roving Crime Correspondent for the UK’s independent news agency covering high-profile crime stories including the murder of the BBC television presenter Jill Dando and international football tournaments where he infiltrated gangs of English football hooligans. Damien feels that his insatiable curiously in human psychology and his compassionate understanding of human fragility, including his own, has served him well in both his career as a journalist and psychologist.

Damien is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).

Dr. Damien Pearse

Counselling Psychologist

Damien is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a slightly unconventional portfolio of experience.  He began his career in Law and then became a high street Journalist working for major broadsheets for over 15yrs before deciding to retrain as a psychologist.  As a psychologist, Damien is passionate about offering evidence-based relational approaches, particularly Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  More recently he has been devoted to developing the skills to integrate both CFT and ACT into working with children, young people and adults who have suffered early life adversity and trauma to support and restore their capacity for a more kind and compassionate relationship to self.

Damien has spent several years working with people across the lifespan in a diverse range of specialist settings both in the NHS and in private hospitals.  Within his NHS role, Damien has experience working in specialist services for young people experiencing psychosis and more recently in a service supporting children and adolescents who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.  In this latter role, Damien had the lead responsibility to provide multi-agency risk management consultancy to police, social services and education.   He also has considerable expertise in providing pre-sentence reports on children charged with sexual offences.  He particularly valued formulating a child’s harmful sexual behaviour within the context of their early developmental trauma history to build a more compassionate framework for understanding.  Damien especially values prioritising the voice of young people who would otherwise be stigmatised as offenders.

More...

Alongside his extensive experience of working with more common disturbances in mood and anxiety related disorders, Damien has special interest in working with children, young people and adults with a history of developmental trauma.  He is especially interested in the toxic role of shame that often underpins chronic disruptions in the experience of safety in relationship including our evolving relationship to self.  Damien’s doctoral research explored the role of shame and self-attach in relationship to addiction, especially alcohol and drugs as well as other forms of addiction.

During his time as a broadsheet journalist and news editor at the Guardian newspaper, he was a roving Crime Correspondent for the UK’s independent news agency covering high-profile crime stories including the murder of the BBC television presenter Jill Dando and international football tournaments where he infiltrated gangs of English football hooligans. Damien feels that his insatiable curiously in human psychology and his compassionate understanding of human fragility, including his own, has served him well in both his career as a journalist and psychologist.

Damien is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).