UPDATE: Currently offering online sessions with flexible appointment times
If you are struggling to cope with difficult emotions, stressful life events or relationships, or would benefit from some space to explore your issues and gain more understanding and insight into the cause of your distress - please get in touch to discuss how I can help. To introduce myself, I am a highly qualified Clinical Psychologist having worked in both the NHS and in private practice with a range of issues. Clinical psychologists undertake 6 years of training and can work with a variety of mental health problems or offer support at difficult times in your life such as relationship problems or breakdowns and bereavement. I am also a qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner and CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) Practitioner.
I find it particularly important in my work, whatever the problem, to build a supportive and safe therapeutic relationship where you feel comfortable and secure in discussing your issues and confident in my abilities to help you work through them. I specialise in trauma related presentations and personality difficulties/problems in how how we might relate to ourselves and others. I also apply these skills to a variety of symptoms/problems such as such as adjustment problems, anger and self esteem issues, addictions, anxiety problems such as panic attacks, generalised anxiety, phobias and OCD, trauma related presentations including PTSD / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.
I can offer a range of evidence based practices including CBT/ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR / Eye Movement Desenitisation and Reprocessing (an evidence based therapy for PTSD) and CAT / Cognitive Analytic Therapy (an effective therapy for exploring personal difficulties and problematic relationship patterns over 16 to 24 sessions). Fundamentally I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important vehicle for change and trust and collaboration the key to successful therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
BSc Hons Psychology - First Class
EMDR accredited practitioner
CAT/Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner
Experience of working in NHS since 2006 and as a qualified psychologist since 2009 working in secondary services since this time. Offer therapy, supervision and training of other staff, research and teaching on doctoral programme of university.
Private practice started in 2012 working with a range of difficulties including therapy with adults and children, expert witness work and occupational health support.
Senior leadership roles in NHS including complex adult trauma such as military trauma, occupational trauma and support for uniformed services as a trauma specialist.
In my last NHS post I was leading a CAMHS team for Looked After Children - providing support to local authority/social workers, foster carers, residential home and children looked after. I currently regularly undertake Expert Witness work in the Family Court System.
I have experience working with torture survivors, asylum seekers and refugees and undertake psychological assessments in this area for Tribunals or appeals cases, through solicitors.
I am also experienced in Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Assessments with a background in working in military trauma/PTSD.
I assess personal injury cases, criminal injuries compensation authority cases and medical negligence cases in terms of psychological medico legal assessment.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss my costs. I also work with health insurance companies so let me know when you contact me if this is via insurance or self referral.