Recorded on: April 9, 2021
Dr. Ashleigh McLellan, began her career in the NHS in 2000 qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003, and has worked mainly with adults in a variety of settings. She has experience of treating a broad range of mental health problems and has become a specialist in working with people with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD). This includes an expertise in military mental health, working with asylum seekers and refugees and a range of dissociative disorders. Ashleigh is currently the clinical lead for the Humber Traumatic Stress Service in Hull. Ashleigh has been using Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) since 2008 and this is now the foundation to her approach to her work; CFT compliments her existing therapeutic knowledge and experience which includes systemic approaches, group analysis and EMDR. Ashleigh has delivered numerous CFT groups for both patients and staff and sits on an NHS trust Health and Wellbeing Board with the aim of promoting organisational, system wide change. Applying CFT to an organisational context is an aspiration and Ashleigh is currently involved in research with the University of Hull looking at the agents of change in CFT staff groups. This team was also recently published: Henshall, LE, Alexander, T, Molyneux, P, Gardiner, E, & McLellan, A. The relationship between perceived organisational threat and compassion for others: Implications for the NHS. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2017; 1-19.