Dr Alice Turland - Clinical Psychologist
Dr Alice Turland
BSc (Hons), PGDip, PsychD
Available for appointments at our Nottingham Clinic
We have all just found ourselves here. We didn’t ask for our fears, our struggles, our grief, or indeed for the hand that life dealt us. What’s more, we have to deal with a brain that is hardwired to overthink, panic and ruminate. The wonderful thing is that when we take time to get to know ourselves, and how our minds work, it is possible to change the negative patterns we get into and live a life closer to the things we truly value.
To function in today’s world I also think it is crucial to be aware of the variety of wider social influences that each of us is under and the stress this can cause. For example, the pressure to be the “perfect” mother, with a “perfect” body and at the same time successful in your career. I am a firm believer in finding a place of “good enough”. By identifying where these toxic narratives come from and becoming more aware of them, it is possible to redefine your priorities and choose to live a life governed by your own values, not those imposed on you by society.
I am trained in a range of different therapies, and prefer to work integratively, tailoring my approach to the individual I am meeting with. I start from a position of getting to know the person facing the problem, rather than simply the problem facing the person. I believe this is crucial as the human experience is so much more than just a list of symptoms.
From here I draw on a range of therapy approaches: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic Narrative Therapy, “Third wave” approaches such as Mindfulness, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I am also experienced in working with children, teenagers and families and will adapt my approach depending on the age and needs of the person. When working with children and teenagers, we will negotiate a level of parental involvement that both the young person and parents can feel comfortable with. For younger children it may be appropriate for parents to attend every session as a family session, for older teenagers we may agree a brief feedback to parents at the end of a session, every few weeks.
Having faced my own challenges in life, I know what it is to feel stuck at times and to lose hope. I don’t think anyone deserves to feel alone in this and I believe strongly in the power of opening up conversations about mental health and wellbeing and making this something that is ok to talk about in society. I feel privileged to work in a job where I get to hear people’s stories and join alongside them as they begin to explore change.
I try to live in line with my values and carve out a healthy work life balance, though admittedly this is easier said than done! In my spare time I enjoy attending acting classes, spending time with friends and family, and settling into a good Netflix box set. Having grown up in the countryside, I love taking time to explore the natural world and am at my most peaceful taking a long walk in a woodland or on a beach.