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Dr Carla Rainbow


Firstly let me welcome you to the website of Rainbow Psychological Services ltd and invite you to search through each header to find lots of information about me and the services on offer via Rainbow Psychological Services ltd.  Under this header you can learn about me, but then you can find the 'choosing a therapist' and 'availability and booking' tabs under this heading to understand if you would like to work with me, and if so, how to book a session with me.  There is also lots of information about the services and different types of therapies that I am trained to use under the other headings - please take the time to browse and I look forward to hearing from you.


Hello and welcome - I am Dr Carla Rainbow, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a registered Counselling Psychotherapist and the founder of Rainbow Psychological Services Ltd.


Having gained experience delivering psychological services in several institutions, including within the National Health Service (NHS) and the Public Prison Service, I made the decision to offer psychological services in private practice to meet the growing demand for professional, but most of all, effective psychologically based services that are tailor made to fit your individual needs.  

Amongst numerous qualifications, I hold two higher level diplomas, two undergraduate level degrees (first class), a postgraduate diploma, a master's degree (distinction) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology having trained on the Trent Doctoral course.  I am a registered member of the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) entitled to hold the titles of both Practitioner and Clinical psychologist. I am a Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a certified member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) on their accredited register, and a registered member of the Society for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.  I am also a fully trained EMDR therapist and registered as a EuroPsy, meaning my qualifications are recognised across Europe.  In addition, I am on the BPS register for approved supervisors (RAPPS) having trained specifically to offer clinical and management supervision.  This all means that not only am I qualified to the very highest standard, but I also work to the highest standards set out by these professional bodies.  I am bound to work by their ethical frameworks, which are guidance for good practice and a quality assurance for you.  I have made a commitment to work in the best interest of my client, maintain high standards and continually develop professionally and I have a full programme of additional training booked for the next year.  My previous experience includes working within forensic, paediatric, learning disability, older adult, and mental and physical healthcare settings.  I have worked for the NHS as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working in adult mental health and within the emotion regulation pathway for people who have personality disorders.  I continue to focus solely on adult mental health, and I do not personally work with individuals under the age of 18 years old.


Working with me you will always be treated with respect, compassion and confidentiality and you will receive a friendly, effective, and fully insured service.  To ensure your data is handled correctly I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), and I will provide a Data Protection statement about how your information is collected, stored and used.  I do not use any information for marketing purposes.

Through studying, through my work, and through my own lived experiences, I know that life isn't always 'plain sailing' and can sometimes be stormy.  Very often we can weather 'the storms' but sometimes we can struggle to make sense of things, understand who we are, or how to simply keep going.  Sometimes we need someone to help us make sense of the things that have happened, to stop us fearing the things that haven't happened yet, but most of all to help us to be able to live in the moment and to be able to enjoy life to the fullest.  Some people choose to come to therapy not because they are experiencing difficulties but because they enjoy a space to explore what is happening, to explore their own thoughts, to develop strategies so that they feel they have the resilience to manage when difficulties do arise or simply to identify their values and work towards personal growth.  To ensure that you get a service as individual as you are, and to help you achieve these goals, I am able to offer a range of therapeutic therapies and services for which I have extensive training and experience in.  I also offer supervision using a range of models to other professionals.  The services and therapies pages of this website provide further details of how we might work together.

Please take the time to browse the website.  Hopefully on the following pages some of the questions you may have about myself and the services on offer will be answered.  Please feel free to contact me for any further information or to arrange a consultation or an initial assessment.  You do not need a medical referral from your General Practitioner as I accept direct applications.  I also welcome self-referrals when funded by insurance policies and I am registered with most major providers including Aviva, Axa, Bupa, Vitality and WPA.

Corporate consultations, insurance provider referrals, and enquiries regarding employer assistance programmes are also welcome. 

In person, I hold practicing privileges in a private health clinic (Mansfield area) but I specialise in video consultations and therapeutic services so that distance is not an issue to access my services.  Online assessments and therapy have been shown to be as effective, if not more effective than face to face and my client base is now across the world including Europe as I hold the status of EuroPsy, which means my qualifications and registrations are recognised across Europe and I am fully insured to do so.  I am also able to take payment in euros and offer a specific rate schedule for those living in Europe.  Please ask.. My working online page offers more details of what online working can feel like.  

Please look at the 'Choosing a Therapist' page under the 'about me' tab to see if I might be the person you would want to work with. 


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