About Horsham Psychology

Clinical Background

Horsham Psychology is a private psychology & consultancy 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 Senior Psychologist. Prior to starting up her own private practice in 2015, she worked in the NHS for many years. These NHS roles included a Senior Psychologist in a Community Team for adults with Mental Health Problems and Teams for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo 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.

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 is also trained and experienced in many types of Cognitive and Neurological Assessment, Risk Assessment and Behavioural and Assessment Methods. Dr Quinn-Cirillo is competent in many other models of therapeutic treatment including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 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 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.

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’s 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.

Consultancy & Training

Dr Quinn-Cirillo is available to provide training and consultancy for organisations around mental health and wellbeing. This includes workshops, speaking events, consultancy on aspects of workplace wellbeing, and for other organisations including social enterprises & charities. Please contact me to discuss your needs. I am also experienced in talking to many media outlets about human behaviour, mental health and wellbeing. Companies I am currently working with include Nido Student and Premia UK.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo has been heavily involved in supporting people during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This has included local community and national and internationally. As a result, she has developed a keen interest in the psychology of pandemics including the impact upon human behaviour, mental health and wellbeing. She is currently involved in 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. She is a regular guest on BBC 5 Live Radio, BBC Radio London, BBC Sussex and the BBC World Service Radio. She regularly features in the Telegraph, Metro and Huffington Post.

Other Practice Areas

Dr Quinn-Cirillo is also a Psychological First Aid Responder with the British Red Cross.

Dr Quinn-Cirillo’s private work has also included roles as a Clinical Reviewer for NHS England and a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). She has been involved for 7 years in conducting the Care and Treatment Reviews (CTR’s) for individuals with a Learning Disability living in hospital settings. This is an ongoing project by NHS England and forms part of the national response to Winterbourne View.

Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo is currently a guest lecturer at City University on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She 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. Dr Quinn-Cirillo has written research blogs for The Learning Disability Elf. http://www.thelearningdisabilitieself.net.

Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo also holds a position on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Committee for the Special Interest Group for Independent Psychologists. This role involves developing support areas for those psychologists working in independent practice such as training, professional development, clinical governance and peer hubs.