Being alive can be both thrilling and hard. Feeling stuck may make it difficult to see a different perspective - sometimes we all need the other person to help us see that change is possible. Often not easy but possible. It requires time, kindness and patience. Sometimes developing awareness, sometimes learning new skills and trying out new behaviours, sometimes being heard and helped to find words to describe what is important and what hurts.
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist. I offer an initial consultation to discuss your needs and my approach, I hope to help you clarify what really matters to you and help you learn how to approach your difficulties so that you can move closer to your values. Following the first meeting, I can offer tailored support. I work with adults, young people and couples. I also offer supervision if you are a practitioner looking for support in putting in practice new skills. I use evidence-based approaches like ACT, CBT, TF-CBT, CFT and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years of experience providing treatment, encouragement and support to individuals (adolescents and adults) and groups working as Clinical Psychologist in Scotland and Poland, integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy with CBT in my practice; as part of my NHS job I supervise and provide learning opportunities to CBT trainees, I am keeping up to date with current evidence-based treatments and clinical advancement working toward best possible outcomes for the patients. I have been working and developing expertise in supporting clients with trauma and adverse life experience, treating symptoms of PTSD, Complex PTSD, OCD, Panic, Agoraphobia, Low Self Esteem, Complex presentations, Pain, Health Anxiety, GAD, Depression and others using CBT, Trauma focused CBT, CFT, ERP, Narrative Exposure Therapy, enhancing and supplying my approach with ACT/ values and mindfulness based exposure.
I have been studying with NES Scotland Phased based Trauma Treatment: Safety and Stabilisation, Exposure, and Re-Integration, and over years studied and took part in multiple CDP events learning , practising and adapting into my practise Internal Family Systems, Nightmare Re-scripting, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness and Grounding . I have been designing and conducting client's values guided exposure to traumatic experiences.
During Pandemic I have continued deepening my understanding of human condition and suffering participating in online courses and webinars ( Act for trauma with Russ Harries, World Trauma Summit, CBT for Anxiety, OCD, Adapting and delivering effective Exposure online, Compassion Focused Therapy ) . I have been active in providing and designing support for the key works and NHS staff making sure our approach is trauma sensitive and resource focused.
Mindfulness Teacher training with NES Scotland since 2009 and continued learning with Bangor University 2016, Oxford University residential retreats 2014, Mindfulness Scotland Compassion teacher training 2009/2010, NES mindfulness supervision 2014; regular personal practice and yearly Silent retreats, providing support and supervision to local Mindfulness Teachers, supporting the learning of groups –teaching regular groups twice a year, contributing to Scottish Mindfulness Network
2014/2016 NES Scotland ComplexTrauma Training
2012 ACT world conference- since then attending workshops and regular peer supervision, contributing as facilitator to Online Peer Supervision, learned from Kelly Wilson 2012, David Gillanders 2011- Intermediate Act Workshop , Matthieu Villatte 2010 & 2017 Clinical RFT –Relational Theory Framework , language as intervention , Robin Walser 2017 working with trauma , Kevin Polk 2015 ACT Matrix, Louise Hayes 2013 & 2016 – working with adolescents using DNA-V Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor - Values
2008 registration with HCPC - completed all compensatory measures for registration as Clinical Psychologist with initially BPS and then HCPC- working with local NHS initially as Substance Misuse Psychotherapist and since 2008 as Clinical Psychologist with general adult population
2006 relocated to Scotland - started working with NHS initially as Specialist Psychotherapist whilst completing compensatory measures for UK registration
2003 Gestalt Therapy Institute Krakow postgraduate 3 year programme graduated 2006/ worked in private practice Krakow & Bochnia, Young Persons Centre (Bochnia) till 2006
graduating with Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from Jagiellonian University Krakow 2003 specializing in CBT- work experience in Hospice and Inpatient Units.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
therapy sessions 65 pounds
couples, family sessions 75 pounds
supervision 60 pounds/ 1h
Please discuss with me should you require sliding scale option or payment plan.
During Corona Virus Pandemic I work using scheduled Zoom, Skype and telephone sessions offering flexible times: Monday- Saturday
During Lockdown I offer online sessions and start with free 20 minute consultation.