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About Me

Dr Elisabeth Rothaug-Smith is a highly skilled and experienced clinical psychologist with extensive experience of working with children, young people, parents and families in the NHS, third sector organisations and private practice. Elisabeth is the founder of Nurture & Growth Psychology. 


Dr Elisabeth Rothaug-Smith

I have a warm, respectful and skilled approach to working with individuals and families and endeavour to recognize and build on your strength, resilience and resources. My interventions are guided by the assessment process, evidence-based practice as well as your needs, wishes and goals for psychological input. I believe that developing a shared formulation paves the way for working together effectively and collaboratively therefore creating positive change, whether this might be through short-term or long-term interventions.

I have worked in a number of generic and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the NHS. This has included working with children and adolescents with mild to severe presentations both in the community; those requiring inpatient care; and, with learning disabilities and neurodiversity. Additionally, I have worked in an NHS perinatal parent-infant mental health service. These experiences, in combination with my own experience of being a mother to two children, have made me well aware of they joys and challenges that parenthood brings.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS); I am a member of the BPS’s Division of Clinical Psychology and Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPS) and Faculty for Perinatal Psychology (PERI). I obtained my doctoral training from the University of East London (UEL) in 2012, where I also completed my undergraduate training with first class honours.

Dr Elisabeth Rothaug-smith

Elisabeth’s provides a range of psychological therapies: 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Compassion Focused therapy (CFT)

  • Narrative and family therapy approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

  • Play Therapy

  • Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy (MBT)

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