High quality psychological assessments, therapy, consultation, supervision & training. Serving Derby and the East Midlands.


Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR was originally developed to help people who have experienced psychological difficulties which originate from some kind of traumatic experience, such as sexual abuse, childhood neglect, road traffic accidents and violence. However there is now increasing evidence that EMDR is also successful in treating other complaints such as performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, phobias, and other trauma related anxiety disorders.

EMDR therapy has extensive evidence of its effectiveness. It is recommended by both the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). It is unique among psychological therapies in that it uses bilateral sensorial stimulation (such as eye movements), to produce rapid processing of emotional memories.

Another unique feature of this therapy is that it may not be necessary to talk about the traumatic event in order to recover from its effects.

According to international trauma expert Bessel Van der Kolk “EMDR loosens up something in the mind/brain that gives people rapid access to loosely associated memories and images from their past. This seems to help them put the traumatic experience into a larger context or perspective” (From his book ‘The Body Keeps the Score’).

For more information about EMDR go to www.emdr-europe.org

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

CFT is a powerful therapy that is designed to help people who experience high levels of shame and self-criticism and who may also find it difficult to receive compassion from others.

A key principle of CFT is that we can train ourselves to develop compassion for ourselves and others, and in turn this may improve our emotional balance, ability to affiliate with others and help us to foster the courage and wisdom we need to cope with difficult life events, trauma memories and the legacy of our attachment histories.

CFT is based on numerous research fields including those of evolutionary psychology, attachment theory, and neuroscience. The therapeutic processes are built on this science and there is also a growing evidence base for the effectiveness of CFT with a variety of mental health difficulties.

I am privileged to have a close association with The Compassionate Mind Foundation, the charity set up by the originator of CFT, the internationally-renowned psychologist Professor Paul Gilbert. Please find out more about their pioneering work at: www.compassionatemind.co.uk


I can provide specialist assessment of IQ, Memory, Mental Capacity and Personality which includes psychometric testing. I can provide assessments and reports for a range of organisations and contexts including occupational health, pre-sentencing reports for courts and medico-legal reports in relation to compensation claims for personal injury.


I can offer CFT supervision either individually or in groups and either in person or online. I have been a Clinical Supervisor and Associate Lecturer on the Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focussed Therapy at The University of Derby since 2012. I also provide teaching and training for the Compassionate Mind Foundation.


Andrew Rayner

Dr Andrew Rayner

BSc (Hons), DClin Psy., C.Psychol.

Welcome to Secure Base Psychological Services Ltd. My name is Dr Andrew Rayner and I am a Clinical Psychologist and this is my private company based in Derby. Since qualifying in 2005, I have spent most of my career in adult mental health settings within the NHS and have also worked privately on a part-time basis.

I offer a range of psychological services to individuals and organisations. These include specialist assessments, therapy, supervision, teaching and providing reports for court, medico-legal and occupational health purposes. I can offer these services in relation to a wide spectrum of psychological difficulties. Please see the ‘services’ section for more details.

My intention is to provide bespoke psychological services which are welcoming, safe, and of the highest quality. I aim to provide an effective and efficient service which is sensitive and responsive to the needs of my clients. My specialist area of interest and expertise is trauma. I have extensive experience of working with both single event trauma and difficulties relating to Complex Trauma.

Complex Trauma tends to occur where people have suffered multiple traumas and /or have had chronic difficulties as a result of experiencing physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect in their early lives.

I am trained in Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and work closely with the originator of this approach, Professor Paul Gilbert. I am a Clinical Supervisor and Associate Lecturer on the Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focussed Therapy at The University of Derby. I am also an Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, having trained through EMDR Europe.

I have chartered status through the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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  • Director Dr Andrew Rayner DClin Psy. C.Psychol
    Secure Base Psychological Services Ltd
    Suite 12,
    32 Friar Gate,
    DE1 1BX
  • 07415 123211
  • dr.rayner@protonmail.com