About Horsham Psychology


Horsham Psychology is a private psychology service operating in West Sussex offering a number of assessment and treatment approaches to adults with psychological difficulties and mental health conditions and also adults with learning disabilities and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Horsham Psychology is run by Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo (C.Psychol, AFBPsS) who is an experienced Psychologist. Prior to starting up her own private practice in 2015, she worked in the NHS for many years. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Dr Quinn-Cirillo has DBS clearance (Disclosure & Barring Service- Formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau CRB). She is also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the purposes of data protection.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo is also an AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Vitality Health, Cigna and Bupa approved Psychologist: https://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/dr_tara_quinn_cirillo.

As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, she has completed core training in cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic and psychodynamic models of therapy, in line with the requirements of the British Psychological Society. She currently uses predominantly CBT, Acceptence and Commitment Therapy, Systemic and other mindfulness based approaches for presenting difficulties. This also includes support to understand the importance of relapse prevention and the facilitation of self monitoring and management of symptoms and behaviour. She also has experience of using dialectical behaviour (DBT) for treating self harm in borderline personality disorder in NHS settings and cognitive processing therapy for child sexual abuse (CPT-SA). However; Dr Quinn-Cirillo is not able to offer a DBT service within her current private practice.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo previously worked as a senior psychologist for the NHS in a community team for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Her private work now includes roles as a Clinical Reviewer for NHS England and a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). She is involved in conducting the Care and Treatment Reviews (CTR’s) for individuals with a Learning Disability living in hospital settings. This is now an ongoing project by NHS England and forms part of the national response to Winterbourne View.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo has written research blogs for The Learning Disability Elf. http://www.thelearningdisabilitieself.net.

Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo has also been a guest lecturer for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Surrey, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at London Metropolitan University and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Salomons Centre.

Her specific interests within mental health are relapse prevention, mindful based interventions, compassion and self compassion, managing systems in respect to mental health issues, including family and wider support networks. She has a keen interest in human behaviour and the role of interpersonal dynamics in everyday functioning including the workplace.

More recently she has developed an interest in the psychology of pandemics including the impact upon human behaviour, mental health and wellbeing. She is currently involved in the development of a number of support forums and networks during the COVID 19 pandemic and is passionate about supporting people during this unprecedented time in both her clinical work and various media work over the past few months. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio London, BBC Sussex and the BBC World Service Radio. She has recently become a Psychological First Aid Responder with the British Red Cross.



Dr Quinn-Cirillo has an interest in the late diagnosis of autism in adults and specifically how this may present in adult females.

Her specific interests within Learning Disability are mental health, emotional instability and supporting the well being and mental health of carers. She has an interest in training and support for carers and staff working with complex cases and personality issues and an additional interest in mindfulness based approaches to managing mental health problems. As an experienced Psychologist within Learning Disability, she is skilled at adapting a range of therapy models for this client group, including the use of extensive visual aids to supplement a clients understanding of their assessment, formulation and treatment of presenting difficulties.