Dr Amber Taylor

Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Waves Psychology

I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and a lecturer on a clinical psychology doctoral training programme. I bring over 12 years experience of working in NHS supporting individuals and families in a range of mental health and clinical health services including; crisis and home treatment teams, primary care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and neurorehabilitation services. 

As a qualified Clinical Psychologist I have worked primarily with children, young people and families in paediatric services and mental health services in colleges and specialist schools. Following my undergraduate BSc in Psychology I completed post-graduate qualifications in mental health practice and low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy interventions. Whilst completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology I participated in further study to obtain foundation level training in systemic and family therapy. 

I regularly attend further training and over the years have acquired new skills in facilitating group problem-solving approaches, positive behaviour support, and different therapeutic approaches (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focussed Therapy) and also hold a qualification in supervising the clinical practice of others. 

I am passionate about diversifying the profession of clinical psychology and am engaged in collectives and workstreams to consider ways of addressing systemic barriers and inequalities. 

My specialist areas of interest.

I have specific experience and skills in supporting children, young people and their family adjust to a new or existing health condition including (but not limited to) asthma, allergies, chronic pain, diabetes and conditions affecting the liver or kidneys.

Whilst working in paediatric intensive care I have supported families and children to make sense of, and move forward from, a traumatic or acute health challenge. Most recently I worked closely with specialist schools, local authorities and health providers to develop a new service supporting children and young people with additional needs including social, emotional and behavioural challenges, learning disabilities and social and communication difficulties.

I take a strengths-based approach in my work and strive to provide you with a warm, non-judgemental and nurturing space. I know how difficult it can feel to take the first step in seeking help so I hope to put you at ease and work with you to help you achieve your goals.

I am registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulates health care professionals, setting standards to establish and monitor effective and safe clinical practice. I maintain regular safeguarding adults and children’s training and hold an enhanced DBS check.


When I am at full capacity and unable to accept new referrals, I have regulated and trusted clinicians and psychologists that I refer clients to. If this is the case i will discuss this with you and pass on the relevant contact information.

Emily Brown

Jessica Taylor

Lauren Rodriguez

frequently asked questions

Clinical Psychologists are trained in different therapeutic models and evidence-based interventions to both understand and reduce distress. They work across the lifespan, in different settings and can support a wide range of presenting difficulties. The title Clinical Psychologist is a protected title by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which means that only those who are accredited, and have completed an approved doctoral training course, can call themselves a Clinical Psychologist. The doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a practitioner doctorate involving clinical placements, research and academic assignments. It is an extensive and rigorous training programme that includes lots of live observation, assessment and practical application. Many Clinical Psychologists have lots of experience supporting emotional wellbeing prior to starting their doctoral training and may have additional post-graduate qualifications too.

When working with children, young people and families I always encourage open and helpful conversations to promote positive relationships. That said, if you (or your child) is 16 years or over* and they don’t wish to share the content of our therapeutic sessions with anyone (including family members) our sessions will remain confidential. The only exception to this is if I have concerns that you, or somebody else, may be at risk of harm. In these circumstances, I have a duty of care to ensure the safety of you and others. Where possible I will discuss any disclosures with you first unless I had concerns that this may increase risk.

*this also applies to children under the age of 16 years who have been assessed as Gillick competent. More information about this will be given in my terms and conditions and discussed in our first appointment

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