about me

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My interest in our behaviours led me to become a doctor of psychology. Today I am an HCPC (Health and Care Professional Council) accredited Practitioner Psychologist. Clients benefit from my directness, my pragmatism, my humour, my sensibility for diversity and life-difficulties – and from my belief that we can change things. My skills stem from having worked internationally, in higher education, corporate and clinical fields and from my studies and learning. Well, really, they come from my multifarious life.

I am a child of post-war German parents who built with immense and admirable diligence, a good life for us children. Their goal for their children was an apprenticeship to securing a safe job. Stepping into the world of academia was not on the table. I had immense difficulty with spelling, was unable to imagine the range of numbers. My short-term memory is really, really short, and my questions often unnervingly different. Not a mix for higher education. Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia were not a thing in my youth, and I was only spotted to have them 30 years later. An experience I analysed in Leadership and Diversity in Psychology: Moving Beyond the Limits.

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At 16 I left school, working as an au-pair in Spain, completed an apprenticeship in hotel management to then work in South Africa, the UK, USA and Germany. I encountered an industry dominated by men, both customers and colleagues, especially once working in more senior positions. I learned to manage these environments, to give and gain respect, to name and act upon inequality and yet not without personal cost. Once back in Germany, I entered the vibrant world of start-ups. I worked together with Helen Doron latterly the internationally awarded Helen Doron Educational group. My beginnings were humble, teaching four children and educating parents on learning theories. Over the next ten years, I grew my enterprise, eventually, oversaw learning centres, trained, audited and developed team members teaching over 800 children. I developed courses, wrote columns and became the Groups keynote speaker working with large audiences in Israel and Poland, Slovenia and Austria.

I became fascinated with learning theories, in human development, system theory and their influences on our behaviour. In other words, I became interested in psychology. Not without hurt, I decided to sell my business, successfully so, to dedicate myself to psychology.

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Moving to the UK for love and after my MA in Creative Writing (Oxford) I started the BSc in Psychology (London). At university my dyslexia (and all the other Ds) were confirmed. So, turns out, I needed to be at uni to understand why I couldn’t go…

I was rather a late academic bloomer with immense transferable skills. Who studied and worked in research for the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development and in consultancy for the NHS Trust in Croydon on the project: ‘Dignity and Respect in Clinical Interaction’. Here I analysed and evaluated existing clinical interaction and created auditable ‘best practice’ pathways for clinicians. Shortly into my MSc in Clinical Psychology, I received my cancer-diagnosis, making me reflect on my career choice. Psychology is often perceived as a soft degree and career. The insides story is often much harsher. The clinical psychology doctorate likes the much younger yet less experienced applicant who is prepared to work for free – year after year. Its acceptance process is unclear. And it favours applicants who excel in test in which those who are dyslexic, have dyspraxia or are dyscalculic must fail.

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‘Hope’ is not my strategy, and I let go of a career goal which forced dependency on imponderables. One month after my cancer surgery, I travelled to Sri Lanka volunteering for various organisations. Back in the UK, I began my Practitioner Psychologist Doctorate (HCPC accreditation pending) at Regent’s University London. Working within the NHS, hospices, and psychiatric hospitals. I give 1:1 and group therapy to people with highly complex, long-standing suffering. I lecture on the BSc in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. And I work with those who want to develop WellBeing.

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Creating Dr U  allows me to bring my expertise and experience to people who want to increase their mental health, fitness and wellbeing. I am highly specialised in working with chronic pain patients and those with enduring mental health issues.

My therapy is pragmatic, skilled and effective in delivering sustainable and measurable change.

I have trained and worked in the NHS, in the private sector and with charities.
Further, I work for organisation securing their employees' wellbeing through my EAP, facilitating stress resilience.
I am also a lecturer of Psychology at the University of London.

I am proficient in second and third wave behaviouralism. In particular, I specialised to work with the following NICE recommended therapies.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
Mindfulness-based stress relief and cognitive therapy,
and
Body feedback therapy

I speak fluent English and German.

...and yes I am highly efficient...

DPsych in Counselling Psychology, Doctor of Psychology, Regent’s University London 2015 – 2019

BSc Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London 2010 – 2013

MA Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes 2009 – 2010

State Registered Administrative Hotel Manager, Hotelfachschule Bad Wörishofen, Germany, 1992 – 1994

Autogenic Training, Teacher Training; IEK Berlin, Germany

FAB – Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, ACT now, Dublin, Ireland

RFT – Relational Frame Therapy and Theory, Mindfulness Training Ltd; London

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

MBSR – Mindfulness-based stress relief, Teacher Training I & II; Bangor University, UK

MBCT – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Teacher Training I & II; Bangor University, UK

ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy I & II, Mindfulness Training Ltd; London

CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Certificate; Lambeth College, London

SMART Addiction Recovery Group Facilitator; UK&USA

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy; Institute of Mental Health, Sri Lanka

Assistant Psychologist Training Course - Psychometric Testing (Oakfield Psychological Services)

Human Brain Anatomy Course (Neurocourses UK, UCL)

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Trainings Course (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation)

Liersch, Ute (2019) Dyslexia: Shackles far beyond the written word. In McIntosh, Nicholas & Huq (Eds.) Leadership and diversity in psychology: Moving beyond the limits. London, Routledge.

Chronic Pain and Counselling Psychology: Application of the Existential-Phenomenological Four-Dimension Model in Working with Clients with Chronic Pain
Liersch U., Maher-Edwards L. (2017) Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections, 31-39 http://regents.ac.uk/media/3490382/reflections-journal_september-2017.pdf

Teachers Seminar Handbook (2009) ISBN 978-965-7069-26-4

Collaborative development of solutions for classroom problems, tailored to institutes or the individual participant.

Weekly Column in an International Teachers Journal (2009–2012)

This industry periodical is published by HDEG* and has a readership of thousands, in more than thirty countries around the world. Providing answers and support for teachers that face behavioural or teaching problems with their day-to-day roles

Understanding of the phenomenology of chronic pain acceptance to enhance existing health services using Q. Pecha Kucha successfully presented at the CoP AC 2017 (U.Liersch)

Publication “Requesting help in toddlers at risk of ASD” Poster presented at annual BPS developmental conference 2012. (U. Liersch, T. Gliga, T. Charman, M. Johnson & the BASIS team)

Dignity and Respect in Clinical Interaction (2014): A tailored e-learning tool for hospitals

Advising on the structure and content of this e-learning tool, which is use within the NHS Trust in Croydon.

Publication “Requesting help in toddlers at risk of ASD” Poster successfully presented at annual BPS developmental conference 2012. (U. Liersch, T. Gliga, T. Charman, M. Johnson & the BASIS team)

Dignity and Respect in Clinical Interaction (2014): A tailored e-learning tool for hospitals

Advising on the structure and content of this e-learning tool, which is use within the NHS Trust in Croydon.