Qualifications, training and credentials.

Louise Deacon (BSc (Hons), MPhil, CPsychol) qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Edinburgh in 1992, completed a Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 1994 and qualified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in 2012. She has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

She has Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is accredited with Interpersonal Psychotherapy UK (IPTUK) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.


Louise has 30 years’ experience of providing psychological therapy services within a range of NHS settings as well as privately. Thus, she has gained a good breadth of knowledge in helping people with a broad number of issues. She has worked in primary care and specialist services including a recurrent depression clinic, sexual health clinics and physical health services.

For many years she combined clinical work with significant roles in teaching, training and supervising others. She was previously the Director of the University of Surrey Interpersonal Psychotherapy centre. For the sixteen years before this she oversaw the development of clinical psychology trainees as Senior Clinical Tutor on the University of Surrey Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

Louise is also the author of Brilliant Psychology: How to understand yourself and other people, published by Pearson Education, which has been translated into several languages. The book aims to make the subject of psychology accessible and readable.

She now works solely in private practice, providing psychological therapy and clinical supervision to other professionals.