Dr Claire Hepworth

BSc, MSc, PhD, DClinPsy

I specialise in working with individuals (you people and adults) and their families where there may be anxiety and difficulties in understanding and managing their emotions. I most often work with individuals who can be self-critical, or may find it hard to be self compassionate, may feel stuck or hopeless or unsure about how to proceed or problem solve. They may have low confidence, self-esteem, self-worth or set themselves very high standards. This may be getting in the way of achieving their goals, and happiness in their relationships. 
 I am a Chartered and Clinical Psychologist, Trained Health Psychologist and DBT Therapist Chartered with the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS 126851) and Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical) with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL26294).
I am a registered Healthcare Provider with BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Simply Health, Vitality, WPA and Cigna Insurance.
I completed my BSc Psychology at the University of Sheffield, followed by a MSc Health Psychology and PhD at the University of Southampton during which I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in NHS clinics across Hampshire and as a Research Consultant in CBT. During my PhD I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, USA in the Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, working in clinics, community teams and hospitals with children and adults, across South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
I am is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and have developed my experience in National Specialist and Community Mental Health Service Clinics working with children, adolescents and adults. I worked for five years as a Clinical Psychologist and Research Lead at the National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service at the Maudsley Hospital. I also worked as the Team Psychologist for a community CAMHS team in inner city London. Most recently I worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and DBT Lead, working with adults with complex trauma and emotional needs in South London and developing a rapid access pathway so that clients could access therapy from any part of the healthcare system.
I practice Independently in West Sussex and have worked in a number of Primary and Secondary schools across Surrey. I deliver Consultation, Supervision and Training in DBT and emotion regulation and remain actively involved in research into emotion regulation difficulties alongside colleagues in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I offer training, consultation and therapy across West Sussex, Surrey, London and the South East. 
Psychologist Horsham

Photograph by Sophie Ward Photography 

Publications by Dr Claire Hepworth

Lawlor, C., Hepworth, C.R., Smallwood, J. and Jolley, S.(2020) Self‐reported emotion regulation difficulties in people with psychosis compared to non‐clinical controls: a systematic literature review, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 27(2):107-135. 


Lawlor., C., Hepworth., C.R., Jolley, S. Submitted to the Journal of Clinical Psychology–under review (2020). Self-reported Emotion Regulation Difficulties in Psychosis: Psychometric properties of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-16).


Maguire, N., Hughes, V.C., Bell, L., and Bogosian, A., and Hepworth, C., (2013). An evaluation of the choices for well-being project. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 1-13.


Hepworth, C., Ashcroft, K., and Kingdon, D. (2011). Auditory hallucinations: a comparison of beliefs about voices in individuals with Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 196, 6, 399-403. 

Hepworth, C., Startup, H., and Freeman, D. (2011). Developing Treatments for persistent persecutory delusions: the impact of an emotional processing and metacognitive awareness (EPMA) intervention. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 9, 653-658.

Gratz, K.L., Hepworth, C., Tull, M.T., Paulson, A., Clarke, S., Remington, B. and Lejuez, C.W. (2011) An Experimental Investigation of Emotional Willingness and Physical Pain Tolerance in Deliberate Self-Harm: The Moderating Role of Interpersonal Distress. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52, 1, 63-74.

Kingdon, D. G., Ashcroft, K., Bhandari, B., Gleeson, S., Warikoo, N., Symons, M., Taylor, L., Lucas, E., Mahendra, R., Ghosh, S., Mason, A., Badrakalimuthu, R., Hepworth, C., Read, J. & Mehta, R. (2010). Schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder: similarities and differences in the experience of auditory hallucinations, paranoia, and childhood trauma. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 399-403.

Davies, J., and Hepworth, C. (2009). Evaluating strategies for detecting test faking. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11, 1, 25-29.

Book Chapter
Hepworth, C., Startup, H., and Freeman, D. (2013). Emotional processing and metacognitive awareness (EPMA) for persecutory delusions. In ACT for Psychosis (Ed. Johns, L., Oliver, J., and Morris, M), Wiley, UK.


Book Review

Claire Hepworth (2014). Review of 'Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: scientific foundations and therapeutic models' Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, pp 380-381. doi:10.1017/S1352465814000095.


Selected Conference Presentations 
Hepworth, C. (2013). DBT with young people: Experiences at the Maudsley. Presentation at the International Society of Personality Disorders Conference, Copenhagen. 

Hepworth, C. (2006). Cue reactivity to self-harm cues: understanding triggers for deliberate self-harm. Presentation delivered at the American Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy, Chicago

Davies, J., and Hepworth, C. (2009). Evaluating strategies for detecting test faking. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11, 1, 25-29. Preliminary data presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology Conference (2001).


Hunt, K., Hepworth, C., and Morris, A. (2014). DBT for adolescents at the Maudsley: Adaptations, reflections and engaging young people in shaping their service. Britsih Society of Counselling Psychology Conference, London.

Parker, S., Hunt, K., Stewart, C., and Hepworth, C. (2014). Tailoring treatment of borderline personality disorder in adolescence: Parent's views on a DBT Skills group. Poster presentation at the ESSPD Conference, Rome.

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