Dr Kate Edgar
B.Sc. D.Clin.Psychol. C.Psychol
I am a warm, friendly and empathic clinical psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience, in a wide range of settings across the NHS.
I enjoy working in all areas of adult mental health and have expertise across the spectrum of mental health problems of differing severity from mild/moderate to complex and enduring.
Along with a broad range of mental health expertise, I have several areas of special interest. These include cosmetic surgery assessments, Long Covid support and 'Boarding school syndrome'. A summary of each of these is provided on the Specialisms page.
I have worked across the South West of England in a wide range of settings including community teams, hospitals, social service settings and prisons. My work in the NHS was mostly with people with complex mental health problems including psychosis and so called ‘personality disorder’ (a term I dislike and find unhelpful).I am particularly skilled in working with people with more than one mental health problem to contend with.
I am the current Chair of the UK Special Interest Group of Psychologists Working in Cosmetic Surgery. I am listed as a specialist psychologist for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology (University of Warwick) in 1994 and my doctorate in clinical psychology (Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust/University of Plymouth) in 2001. Clinical psychology training provides placements across the life span as well as with people with learning disabilities. I chose a particular focus on health in my final year – particularly neuropsychology and diabetes and these interests have stayed with me throughout my career. My thesis research into type 1 diabetes was published in Diabetic Medicine and the Journal of Pediatric Medicine.
After qualifying I worked for the NHS, in Gloucestershire with people with complex mental health problems. In 2015 I left the NHS to concentrate fully on my private practice.
"What is a Clinical Psychologist?"
Clinical Psychologists apply the science of psychology to emotional and mental health problems. People sometimes ask what the difference is between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist. Psychiatrists are first and foremost trained in medicine and the biological bases for mental health problems. They are qualified to prescribe medication for mental health difficulties. Clinical psychologists have in depth training in psychology, assessing and understanding psychological problems and delivering therapy. They do not prescribe medication.
For more information about clinical psychology please see the British Psychological Society website here.