Qualifications & Credentials

Louise Deacon (BSc (Hons), MPhil, CPsychol) qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist at the University of Edinburgh in 1992, completed a Diploma in CBT in 1994 and qualified as an IPT therapist in 2012.

She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Interpersonal Psychotherapy UK (IPTUK) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is was previously the Director of the University of Surrey Interpersonal Psychotherapy centre. For sixteen years she oversaw the development of clinical psychology trainees as Senior Clinical Tutor on the University of Surrey Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. She is on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and provides clinical supervision to other professionals.

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. It aims to make the subject of psychology accessible and readable.


With over 25 years experience, both in NHS settings and privately, Louise possesses extensive knowledge of helping people with a broad number of issues. She worked in primary care and specialist services including recurrent depression clinics, sexual health clinics and physical health services.

Most of her professional time is spent on giving advanced training to other psychology professionals, including teaching Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and on supervising other clinical psychologists. She offers a limited number of clinical sessions to clients each week.