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DClinPsy CPsychol

About me


Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.  I am a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with some 15 years experience.  I  chose to qualify as a Clinical Psychologist in order to help the type of people I previously met as a young person whose need for emotional support went unmet.

As a highly specialized clinical psychologist I have undertaken a rigorous 6-year training involving a 3-year undergraduate psychology degree and a 3-year full time post-graduate clinical psychology doctorate degree.  I successfully completed clinical training placements working with adults, children, older people and people with learning disabilities and benefited from the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life experiencing psychological difficulties. 

Clinical Psychology taught me the valuable skill of being able to think about people's difficulties using several different psychological perspectives so that I was able to select the therapeutic approach that the individual or family I was working with found most helpful.   My training  provided me with a broad experience of working with children and adults using several different psychological therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, systemic family therapy, psychonalytic therapy, and attachment based therapies.

Since qualification, I have specialised in working with children and families having previously worked for over 15 years in the NHS primarily in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) particularly with looked after children, young people with complex psychological problems including deliberate-self harm, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and conduct problems. I also have extensive experience of working therapeutically with adults, particularly those struggling with the aftermath of psychological issues which began in childhood and adolescence including working with adults with personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, social communication difficulties and post-adoption or care issues.

Psychological therapy services offered:

I provide short term cognitive behaviour therapy to child and adult clients for problems such as generalized anxiety and phobias. I also offer several long-term psychological therapies to both children and adults for long-term psychological problems such as personality disorders, PTSD, attachment difficulties and depression. I provide attachment based therapies, cognitive analytic therapy, and schema focused therapy in order to support children and adults with long term difficulties. 

The psychological difficulties with which I provide support to both children, families and adults include:

  • PTSD
  • Parenting problems
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Family difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Conduct problems and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental disorders
  • Social communication disorders including Autism and Aspergers syndrome
  • General and specific learning disabilites
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Self harm and suicidal behaviour
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Offending behaviour
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attachment difficulties

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic and Professional Training

1991-1994  BSc Psychology University of Bristol
1995-1998 DClinPsy  Doctor of Clinical Psychology CPsychol Chartered Clinical Psychologist University College London, University of London

Continuing Professional Development Summary

2002-2003 Working with severe attachment difficulties course, Post Adoption Centre, London
2013 Schema therapy for complex problems, Dr. Tara Gormley, ISST accredited course

My CV is available outlining  my full professional experience on either of my websites www.ExpertPsychologyServices.com or www.AffordablePsychologyServices.com.

Professional Experience

I worked as a senior Clinical Psychologist in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) with young people and families for 4 years in Essex and for seven years at Alder Hey Foundation NHS Trust as a Principal Clinical Psychologist in the CAMHS service for Looked After Children. I was the CAMHS lead within that team for young people who deliberately self-harm and also undertook therapeutic work with birth parents when this would support the emotional wellbeing of their children.My work at Alder Hey also involved a broad experience of working within several of the tier 3 CAMHS teams with children and families experiencing complex psychological problems.

I have worked in full time private practice since 2009 providing psychological assessment, therapy and specialist consultation to self-funding clients, parents and professionals.  I also provide a specialist medico-legal service to clients involved in legal proceedings including to adults and children suffering from PTSD and other forms of psychological trauma. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Attachment
  • Psychological effects of abuse and neglect
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Learning Disability and Developmental Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Personality Problems
  • Offending Behaviour
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Medico-Legal


Additional information

I provide a FREE no obligation initial 15-minute telephone consultation which individuals can either book in advance through either of UK Private Psychology's 2 main websites. This provides people with the opportunity to learn more about the psychological assessment and therapy services I offer to individuals and families and to settle on whether or not they would like to book an initial meeting.

I have undertaken a 6-year academic and clinical training in psychology and clinical psychology. I qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in 1998 and have worked for over 15 years in both private practice and the NHS at a senior level.

Therefore my fees may be somewhat higher than some other practitioners in order to reflect my training, seniority and broad experience in working with both children and adults experiencing psychological distress, as well as the expertise I can apply in a diverse range of psychological therapies.


£90 for a session with couples, individual young people/adults, and families.

I am committed to working with people from all backgrounds and as such provide concessionary rates where appropriate to people who wish to work with me and who are unable to fund private psychological work. Contact me directly to see if you qualify.

Please see my websites here:


When I work

Monday - Friday 11am-5pm. I am able to provide home visits by prior arrangement.

Further information

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (My Personal Profile)
Full member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology
Member of the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the Networking Community of Psychologists in Independent Practice

I abide by the rules of all of these professional organisations.

Other services I provide include psychological consultation and specialist parenting support.
I am also an experienced Clinical Supervisor who provides clinical supervision to counsellors and therapists to enhance their work with young people and adults.

Please be assured that I maintain professional indemnity insurance for all of the clinical assessment and therapy work that I undertake with young people, adults, families and couples.

Liverpool, Merseyside, L1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults