I am a fully qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience of working both in the NHS and Private sector. Prior to undergoing my training as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004, I had known for many years that I wanted to work professionally with people to support, encourage, develop and help them to overcome the wide range of mental pain and suffering that can result from adversity and the challenges of life. I approached this from the position that we are all human and susceptible to the emotional impact of life's challenges and difficulties. As such I developed a passion for reducing the stigma attached to mental health problems and in offering good quality evidence based interventions for people suffering with these difficulties so that suffering need not be in vain. I believe that Mental health difficulties needn’t be the thing that stops you living your life, but with the right encouragement, understanding and support can be a hugely important developmental step that can lead to great personal growth.
I offer a non judgmental approach based on the core principal of acceptance and respect. I strongly believe each person has their own individual set of characteristics, personality and life experiences that make us uniquely and wonderfully who we are. I endeavor to encourage people to see their inner wisdom and qualities in the midst of what can sometimes seem like hopeless circumstances. I aim to build on your strengths whilst sitting along side you through your difficulties. I believe that there is always hope and that change is possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have a D.Clin.Psy. Prior to obtaining this I completed a BA in Psychology.
As a Clinical Psychologist I have had experience of undergoing training and working with a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches. These include, Psycho-dynamically informed therapy, CBT, Compassionate Focused Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Mindfulness Therapy. For the majority of my career (past 8 years) I have worked with adults suffering with severe and complex emotional difficulties, specialising in trauma, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and personality disorders. I have worked within an attachment theory to help understand the difficult relationship dynamics that can result from early childhood trauma.
Prior to this I worked in a range of settings including a child and adolescent inpatient ward in London, and a supported housing service to support adults maintain good quality housing when suffering with metal health difficulties. I have spent 2 years working as a Clinical Psychologist in a CAMHS service, supporting children and families cope with a range of difficult experiences and overcome early onset mental health problems.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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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
I ask people to contact me via the telephone number or email address provided. l offer a brief (15-20 minute) telephone consultation (no charge) to help determine whether your difficulties are best addressed through psychological intervention.
Further sessions will be charged at a cost agreed during the initial consultation. My fees vary according to factors including type of intervention, length of therapy and affordability.
When I work
Monday evenings and Tuesday evenings. Wednesday 9.30am-2.30pm.
I offer both short and long-term therapies that can range from symptom specific treatment and intervention to more in depth interpersonal therapies to explore more deeper underlying causes for distress. Although I am informed by the evidence based treatments as advocated in the NICE guidelines for treating mental health difficulties I conduct a thorough assessment in collaboration with you to consider your individual needs, opinion and views on what you want from the experience of therapy. I aim to develop a formulation of your difficulties that includes a combination of evidence and theory, my experience as a Clinical Psychologist as well your unique experiences and ideas about what you want.