I am a qualified and experienced Chartered Psychologist and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist. I have 8 years of clinical experience. During my Doctorate training, I worked in a variety of services both within and outside the NHS including Specialist Psychotherapy Services (tertiary care and private sector), a Primary Care Service (IAPT), Inpatient Care and a Charity with asylum seekers, where I gained experience in working with clients across all age ranges and with a variety of psychological needs.
Since qualifying, I have specialized in working with adults with complex and longstanding mental health problems and personality difficulties in NHS Secondary Care Psychology service in Portsmouth. I am a member of the Portsmouth Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) team, diagnosing and treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I am also the lead of the Trauma Psychological pathway working with people with complex/ dissociative PTSD.
As a Counselling Psychologist, I have been trained in a range of approaches including Person- Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy , Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). I also very recently, I applied for my Schema Therapy (ST) training.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is most commonly used to treat mood disorders ( e.g. depression, bipolar) and anxiety disorders ( e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder) but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems (e.g. low self-esteem, grief, anger problems, pain management). CBT helps clients to focus on how they think about the things going on in their lives and how this impact on the way they behave and deal with emotional problems. It looks at how they can challenge and then modify any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing difficulties.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR has been one of my passions. EMDR is a revolutionary treatment that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma (PTSD), and other anxiety-related disorders (Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). EMDR assists to unlock these painful memories or beliefs as the eye movement or tapping stimulates the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other. The bilateral stimulation simulates REM sleep, which is when the brain naturally attaches meaning to experience.
I have also trained in a range of other approaches, including Mindfulness-based approaches such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy.). Mindfulness-based approaches can help clients learn strategies to live more in the present during a given moment, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences.
I perceive therapy as a journey that can develop your awareness and enable your emotional growth. Having been specialised in utilising different evidence-based treatments, I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients in order to reduce distress and promote well-being and psychological health.
I view every individual as a unique being with their own personal meaning of their experiences and circumstances. Research indicates that the most important predictor of change is the therapeutic relationship. My client centered approach prizes the therapeutic relationship and as such is regarded as a core feature of our work together.
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a Counselling Psychologist in the NHS and in private practice, I have experience of offering supervision to a range of professionals including Clinical/Counselling Psychologists Trainees. I am a Registered of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor by BPS.
Supervision helps to ensure that good quality services are offered by professionals and that on an individual level skills and knowledge are developed and updated.
Supervision is adapted to meet the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on integratve approach mostly draws upon CBT, DBT, Schema, ACT, EMDR and psychodynamic principles. I offer a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can flourish.