As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with nearly 20 years’ experience within mental health services, I am extremely passionate about the work I do. I am committed to enabling individuals to live a more fulfilling life, by helping them move in the direction of their values and goals.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Southampton in 2011. This core training has laid a solid foundation for my career as a Clinical Psychologist and developing expertise. My Clinical Psychology training enables me to work flexibly, adapting a broad range of approaches to the needs of a variety of client groups including children and adolescents, adults of working age, older adults and individuals with learning disabilities. Following qualification, I have spent most of my career in various NHS adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), progressing to Principal Clinical Psychologist. Other post-qualification roles included working for an NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service, an Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service, and an inpatient Ministry of Defence Unit. I also enjoyed a role as a Clinical Supervisor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) trainees at the University of Southampton.
I now split my working life between seeing clients through my own private practice Concordia Psychological Services Ltd, and also as an Associate of HelloSelf.
The difficulties I work with are wide-ranging, and include (but are not limited to):
- Anxiety Disorders (e.g. phobias, panic, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety)
- Stress (e.g. work, home, trying to manage the juggle of life)
- Low Self-esteem
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Throughout my career I hope to convey empathy, compassion and warmth, and provide a non-judgmental safe space for the individuals I see. My practice is evidence-based and integrative; I predominantly draw upon Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I use a person-centred style, tailoring my approach to the needs of those I work with.
When we first meet, I will ask you to tell me about the difficulties that give you a sense of ‘stuckness’. You may feel trapped in a vicious cycle, unsure how to break it. I will be guided by you to tell me what you want to get from therapy, and at what pace. This space is just for you. We both bring our own expertise to the therapy room; you bring your expertise of you, and I bring my expertise as a Clinical Psychologist. Together we can form an effective working partnership in understanding the difficulties, and move you forwards towards living your life more fully in accordance with what is important to you.
I am able to offer face to face or online therapy appointments (such as using Zoom or Skype).
In addition to my clinical work, I am also pleased to be able to offer clinical supervision to professional colleagues. I have experience of supervising (and using the CTS-R), and have previously been part of the University of Southampton CBT Programme team as a Supervisor for trainees undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced CBT.
Professional Registration & Membership
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist, The British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Clinical Psychology
- Full Accreditation with The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies, including Bupa, Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Vitality, and Aetna.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton
Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading
Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Advanced Level Practice), University of Southampton
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments (specialising in Trauma), Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading
BSc in Applied Psychology, Cardiff University
My specialist training includes:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ Harris & Joe Oliver
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Training Retreat, Mark Williams & Melanie Fennell, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
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
The location of my clinic is at Worting House, Church Lane, Basingstoke, RG23 8PX.
There is a car park on site, if needed.