Dr Charlotte Bolt, BSc, ClinPsyD
also available to work using Animal Assisted Therapy with her dog, Ruby
Dr Charlotte Bolt is a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC. She is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and holds professional indemnity insurance.
Her accreditation can be checked in the following places:
Skills and Experience:
Charlotte works integratively and creatively tailored to the individual's needs (children and adults) and predominantly works using Compassion Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness approaches. Charlotte works, where appropriate, with her Therapy Dog, Ruby, after having completed her Doctoral thesis on integrating dogs into Psychological Therapies and is continuing research in this field.
Charlotte's therapy dog, Ruby:
The use of animals (especially Dogs) as therapy is not a new idea - dogs have been used in the care sector for over 40 years. The benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) have been extensively studied and the results range from improvement in general health and wellbeing to increased confidence levels, improved and controlled movement to improved communication skills. Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a national Charity where visiting volunteers take their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction, and stimulation. All dogs are temperament tested.Ruby is registered under “Therapy Dogs Nationwide” and Dr Charlotte Bolt is insured as her animal assisted therapist.
Who Ruby can help:
Ruby is particularly useful for working with people who find the idea of therapy daunting, particularly if they struggle with social anxiety or autism, as she can help facilitate communication or offer opportunities to discuss the difference between human and animal communication and associated difficulties.
Ruby is also great for working with trauma, offering opportunities for grounding and providing a safe therapeutic frame.
For people who are generally anxious, or slightly wary of dogs but anxious about other things, Ruby can be good to overcome this anxiety and think about how anxiety can then be overcome in other areas of life.
Ruby is also helpful in graded exposure as part of overcoming dog phobias.
Ruby is particularly good with working with children!
Health Care & Professions Council (registration number PYL36118)
British Psychological Society (just applied awaiting number) - Division of Clinical Psychology; Paediatric Psychology Network
NHS Skills and Experience:
Current: Bedford Hospital Paediatric Psychology (2 days a week), CAHMS Neurodevelopmental Team (1 day a week) and Children Development Centre (1 day a week).
2015-2018: Trainee Clinical Psychologist (Involved 3-4 days working within NHS on placement including Paediatrics, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Adult Health Psychology, Adult Mental Health, CAMHS Adolescent Inpatient service. Also involved working within a local primary and secondary school and developing psychology services within a charity for Refugees.
2014-2015: Assistant Psychologist (Adult Weight Management Team)
2013-2015: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) delivering CBT interventions, bereavement and assertiveness courses to adults with anxiety disorders and depression.
Additional Relevant Experience:
2011-2013: Research Assistant (Looking at important issues within Neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons and Huntingtons disease).
2013-2016: Volunteered for a Child's bereavement charity, Jeremiah's Journey.
2012-2013: Volunteered for MS Society
2010: Volunteered in Kenya assisting Play Therapy within an Orphanage
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Intermediate Family Therapy (qualified as a Systemic Practitioner)
Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner)
Advanced Skills in Compassion Focussed Therapy
Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule
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Feedback from a recent client for video sessions with Charlotte:
"You taught me the necessary tools and skills to help me understand and deal with my many issues. Simply brushing them under the carpet is not the answer. You have given me a strong belief that I am able to continue the work on my own. However, I will miss you and our friendly chats. I was very happy with the online sessions. I think they allowed me to settle so much quicker in my own environment."