Dr Sonya Frearson D.Clin.Psy, PhD, MSc, BSc Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Medicine Unit (PMU)

Dr Frearson completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Bristol followed by a masters in neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry. Her PhD ‘The Academic & Neural Correlates of Neuropsychological Outcome of Adolescents Born Very Preterm’ was completed at Kings College London. She went on to her professional doctorate in clinical psychology studying at University College London. She pursued her voluntary work interest, teaching meditation and compassion practices to the public, with a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Evaluation of a mindfulness-based therapeutic approach for people living with diabetes’. Dr Frearson continues to have a special interest in third-wave cognitive behavioural therapy approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

After graduating Dr Frearson worked in a tier 2 psychotherapy team and HIV/psychosexual health team based at Goodmayes Hospital. She then spent over 10 years creating and running psychology services for people living with diabetes in Tower Hamlets with Barts Health NHS Trust. She particularly enjoyed co-developing group support with people living with Type 1 diabetes and she has an interest in diabetes technologies such as pumps and sensors.

Dr Frearson came to St Mark’s Hospital as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in 2020. She has a passion for developing psychology services for people with physical health problems. Within the Psychological Medicine Unit (PMU) she is developing psychological support for St Mark’s gastroenterology patients by gradually embedding specialist practitioner psychologists into St Mark’s multi-disciplinary care teams. Here at St Mark’s, Dr Frearson works with people living with intestinal failure and receiving home parenteral nutrition. She is part of the UK SIG for Psychologists working in intestinal failure settings. She supports the development of trainee clinical psychologists by lecturing providing placements and with the North Thames D.Clin.Psy training consortium.

PMU Enquiries: lnwh-tr.psychology.pmu@nhs.net