Dr Tim Mahy, BSc (Hons), MSc, DPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, Cert.Hyp, Dip Hyp (Paediatrics), formerly worked on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey. Leaving school at the age of 16 (following good GCSE attainment at the local Grammar School) the very idea of one day becoming a doctor of anything wasn’t even a consideration. My route into psychology has resulted in some useful lived experience that provides a solid foundation for the work I do.
At the age of 16 I moved into offshore finance and by making strategic moves, eventually became a part-qualified accountant. I’ve had experience with offshore banking, commerce, and captive insurance, and government. The experience from these roles have been invaluable in working with, and understanding, the challenges that finance workers face. People working in finance have made up the majority of my clients over the past 6 years.
Whilst studying towards my bachelors degree I became fascinated by health psychology. As a person with a degenerative retinal condition (now registered as severely sight impaired) I am aware at the lack of support available for people with long-term health conditions. I went on to qualify as a health psychologist and proceeded to build a very successful private practice in Guernsey.
As a private practice psychologist, living and practising on a small island, i envisaged the need for being a generalist. What transpired was the majority of my clients presented with traumas. These traumas were massively impacting their quality of life. And not all traumas are PTSD, and thus we consider both “small t” and “big T” traumas as having an impact on life. Because of the impact of trauma on so many of my clients, I trained in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). This mystical, almost magical, approach is very strange for the clients to experience, and is a very powerful way to really allow the brain to process trauma memories and the successes I have seen are often truly transformational.
Often people with anxieties, traumas, and other psychological challenges, experience gut-focused difficulties. I am trained and experienced in delivering gut-focused hypnosis, which has a good evidence base, and is NICE recommended, for people with “treatment resistant irritable bowel disorder” (IBS).
As such, I have developed a specialism in trauma and IBS and truly enjoy the transformative processes that my clients often report having engaged in the therapeutic process.
At present I am also working within the world-renowned INPUT pain management team at the UK’s top-rated hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Working in chronic pain I am recognising again how trauma and gut complaints are prevalent within these clients too.
My core therapeutic approaches are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hypnotherapy, and EMDR. I have further training in attachment-focused EMDR, intergenerational trauma EMDR, solutions-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and more. I am very dedicated to professional development and one of my core motivations for moving to London was easier access to continued professional development opportunities.