Professional Services

Inside Out Psychology provide a wide range of professional services

Qualified Consultancy

You will receive help from an experienced and fully qualified practitioner

Local Service

Inside Out Psychology provide services from our bases in Wirral and Chester.

Clinical Psychology Services for Chester and Wirral

Inside Out Psychology is an Independent Clinical Psychology Service, owned and run by, Dr Maria Knapp, Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

Maria has a wealth of experience in working with children, young people and adults across a wide range of presenting difficulties affecting psychological well-being, such as:

  • Low mood or depression
  • Stress (including work- or school-related)
  • Anxiety (including specific phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive-disorder)
  • Difficulties associated with loss (such as grief, bereavement, separation, divorce, or job loss)
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Appearance issues (including body image, body dysmorphia)
  • Self-esteem/confidence/social skills
  • Health-related concerns, such as living with and managing acute or chronic illness (including pain)
  • Trauma and PTSD

Maria also has specialist expertise in working with psychological difficulties related to the adjustment to, coping with, and/or management of physical health conditions. She has extensive experience of providing support around visible difference, including assessments as part of decision-making for elective surgery (such as cosmetic surgery).

Qualifications and experience

Maria has been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist since 1999 and holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Teesside.  She is also an accredited Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Maria’s professional background and experience is in the NHS, with over 17 years’ experience in this setting; 9 years at Consultant level.  She now works full-time with Inside Out Psychology as an independent Clinical Psychologist.


Contact information

Our central location is in Birkenhead, Wirral but we also cover Liverpool & Chester.


07791 513 091



The Foundry, Marcus St, Birkenhead CH41 1EU


Inside Out Psychology is an Independent Clinical Psychology service. Owned and run by Dr Maria Knapp, the company provides specialist, expert psychological assessment and therapy services to children, young people, adults and families across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Additional services including supervision, consultation, expert assessment, teaching and training are also provided to mental health professionals, professional agencies, schools and solicitors.

How can Inside Out Psychology help?

Maria is trained to use a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic approaches to provide the most effective way of working with you to address your current concerns. With skills and experience of working with children, young people, families and adults, she can provide an individualised, bespoke assessment and treatment plan, which is collaboratively designed with you and for you.
Maria often works in an integrated way, most frequently drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and third-wave therapies such as Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

What can I expect from the first appointment?

An initial appointment would last approximately 90 minutes. The purpose of this appointment would be to discuss the reasons that led you to seek support and to start to consider the underlying causes of the concerns. At the end of the appointment, we would begin to formulate your goals for therapy, along with a recommended treatment plan, where appropriate. For some people, this assessment appointment, along with some advice and guidance may be all that is required.

If therapy is recommended, how often would I need to attend?

Where additional follow-up appointments are arranged these will last around 50-60 minutes. The number of sessions needed will vary between individuals, as will the frequency. This will depend on the therapeutic approach recommended and the presenting difficulty(ies).
Therapy can be weekly or fortnightly, but it will always be tailored to your needs and preferences.
Regular reviews will be planned as part of the therapy so that it remains flexible and best suited to meet your needs . Often therapy tasks or "homework" will be suggested to complete in between appointments to assist in more effective progress towards your goals.

How can I be referred?

Self-referrals can be made by contacting us by phone, email or our contact form. Appointments will only be confirmed once Maria has contacted you to discuss whether she can offer the support being requested. For referrals of adults over the age of 16 years, consent for assessment from the person being referred is required before an appointment can be made.
If you are claiming treatment costs via a private health-care provider, you might need a referral directly from them or your GP/Consultant. Your health-care provider will be able to advise you of their process and provide you with an authorisation code, as appropriate.

Get in touch to find out more

Use the contact form from the website or call the number at the top of this site for a friendly chat about how Inside Out Psychology can help.