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Me and my approach to therapy
I am Dr Sam Carruthers. My career in Psychology has spanned over 22 years after obtaining my undergraduate Psychology degree at the University of York and my Masters degree and PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Leeds. Although I began my career in research I realised my passion lay in providing psychological support to those in need. I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2016 although I have worked in the NHS for over 14 years in both child and adult services. I am registered to practice with the HCPC (registration number PYL34479) and am a member of the UK Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK).  I also undertake regular training to continue my professional development. My mission for Rainbow Psychology is to support individuals, children and families to improve their psychological health at the time they most need it. 


Rainbows are often a powerful symbol of diversity, inclusiveness and hope, a sign of starting anew.  This is very much the foundation of my service.  I set up Rainbow Psychology as a way of offering a timely and bespoke source of support for individuals struggling with their wellbeing either due to mental health or neurodevelopmental challenges.  Supporting people to manage their psychological wellbeing is my main priority and there are a number of ways I can do this depending on your needs. I am trained in and have experience of using a range of therapeutic skills such as Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (including brief focussed ACT techniques) and Mindfulness. My general approach is to acknowledge that one size most definitely does not fit all. The best approach for one person may not be the best fit for you and so I very much favour an integrated model of care and we will work collaboratively to determine the best approach for your specific needs.