I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with a wide experience of working with adults, young people and families within the NHS and in private practice. I worked in the NHS for 12 years in a variety of adult mental health settings, including Crisis teams, community mental health teams and acute inpatient services, and until the beginning of 2020 was employed as Principal Clinical Psychologist and lead for Adult Mental Health in a local NHS Trust. I am now in full-time private practice. I offer you a safe space in which to explore the issues that are concerning you. I can offer evening as well as daytime appointments. I am registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, as well as a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS).
I am also able to conduct therapy over the face time platform, Zoom.
I am trained and experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. I use a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which I adapt to suit the needs of each individual. Alongside CBT, I use Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Systemic and Solution Focused approaches, and Mindfulness. I am a fully qualified CAT practitioner.
I can help people with problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, family and relationship issues, panic, OCD, social anxiety, trauma, grief, low self-esteem and psychosis.
I am experienced in working with people who have personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder. I have undergone training in DBT approaches, and I use DBT based interventions and CAT to help people improve their ability to tolerate distress, manage their emotions and improve their relationships. I introduce a variety of techniques, drawn particularly from Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help people better manage their thoughts or emotions, and the behaviours that follow.
Why come to a Clinical Psychologist?
There are a number of health professionals that you can turn to, including your G.P., a counsellor, or a psychotherapist, so why come to a Clinical Psychologist? Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapeutic models which allows them to tailor therapy to your particular needs. Formulation is a particular skill of Clinical Psychologists for making sense of individual difficulties. Clinical Psychologists are fully trained in different therapeutic approaches and are experienced in working with clients across the age groups. This is delivered through a combination of post graduate teaching delivered by a university, alongside practical training placements within different NHS services.
Clinical Psychology is a research-led health profession, which aims to reduce distress and improve psychological well-being. Clinical Psychologists are required to keep themselves abreast of developments within the field of clinical psychology through continuing professional development, and are encouraged to engage in their own research.
If helpful, I can offer a comprehensive stand alone assessment to help you to understand yourself, your difficulties and/or the situation you find yourself in currently.
First meeting and treatment schedule:
At the first meeting I will ask some questions about you and, importantly what you are hoping to gain from coming to therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the process of therapy, and to find out whether this feels a safe and comfortable space to work together. This initial session lasts for up to 75 minutes. Following sessions are 50 minutes long.
Assuming we decide to work together at that first meeting, we will then make a contract for an agreed time period, before reviewing our work against the aims set at the beginning. I am happy to see you short term or long term. The usual basis for short term work is 6 weeks.
Supervision and Consultation
I am an experienced and qualified supervisor, and am able to offer regular supervision, consultation and professional support to those in training or who are looking for further support in their own therapeutic work. I am able to offer supervision in person or over the phone. Fee structure available on request.
Group Work and Training
I have a long experience working with groups and have set up and led the training delivered by my team of Psychologists in my previous NHS posts. I can offer group Psycho-educational, training and supervisory sessions in a number of areas including ACT approaches to managing distress, Attachment issues, Crisis Management, Solution Focused approaches and Mindfulness. Please contact me to discuss your needs further.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) University of Essex
- MSc in Psychological Research Methods, Portsmouth University
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), The Open University
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy: ACAT
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society
- Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professions Council
- Advanced Supervisor training: Joint Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds
- Certificate in Supervision and Coaching: Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust
- Certificate in Supervision: Southampton University, Clinical Psychology Doctorate dept
- Certificate in Interpersonal Therapy: Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
- Certificate in Systemic (Family) Therapy: North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
- Certificate in DBT training: Southern Health Foundation Trust
- Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Third Wave
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£85.00 per session
The initial assessment usually lasts an hour and a quarter; subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.
The fee for the first and each subsequent session is £85
Couples £120 - 1 ½ hours
£150 for a 75 minute Psychological assessment session, including a written synopsis/report. For more involved reports, I charge by the hour.
I work in a time limited way and will always work collaboratively to agree goals for therapy.
I am registered with a number of private insurers, including BUPA, AXAPPP, and Aviva Health Care Insurance companies.
When I work
I am able to offer a variety of daytime and evening appointments (last appointment time 6p.m.), Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Other times may be available by negotiation.
I see clients in my consulting room in my home, 5 miles outside Pocklington, which is quiet and private. A car is necessary to access this. However, my room is wheelchair accessible.