I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, which means that I use evidenced based therapeutic approaches to help individuals aged sixteen and over reduce their psychological distress.
I provide a confidential, caring, non-judgemental and collaborative environment in which your difficulties can be explored in safe way. I use and adapt the various models I have experience in to suit your circumstances and tailor interventions appropriately to help you move forward and reduce the impact your difficulty has on your life.
Choosing a therapist can be a big step, particularly if you have struggled with a difficulty for some time. It is therefore important that you find a therapist that you can be open and honest with and who you think can help you. You are welcome to contact me for an initial consultation, where I can gain a better understanding of what help you might require and whether you and I can work together in addressing your difficulties.
I take a client-centred approach and I utilise my knowledge and experience of different psychological approaches to tailor sessions to suit the needs of you as an individual. The main models I use to inform my practice include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic concepts. I also use Mindfulness and Narrative Exposure Therapy with individuals when appropriate.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical sensations and how these factors can come together to form a vicious cycle leaving an individual with negative thoughts and behaviours which are unhelpful. CBT uses strategies in order to help individuals challenge and modify their thoughts and behaviours.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): This therapy was originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, where people often experience intense emotions which can result in self-harming behaviour. DBT teaches a set of skills which helps individuals manage their emotions, relationships with others and how to cope when crisis situations develop.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy: Initially developed for those experiencing repeated episodes of depression, this therapy can also help individual’s experiencing other difficulties including chronic pain and anxiety. It helps individuals to experience distressing emotions without trying to engage or battle with those emotions.
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET): NET is a trauma focused therapy for individuals who have experienced multiple and complex traumas. The therapy involves the development a life-narrative with a focus on traumatic experiences.
Types of Clients:
I work with individuals over the age of sixteen. I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of difficulties which include:
- Experiences of abuse
- Anxiety Disorders, such as panic, phobias, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and OCD
- Emotional regulation – including difficulties with self-harm
- Low self-esteem
- PTSD (including those with experience of multiple traumas)
- Relationship difficulties
- Eating disorders
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the NHS for over fourteen years in a range of different services. I have worked with adults in both inpatient units and community settings who are experiencing severe and complex mental health problems. I have a particular interest in group-work and in helping individuals to develop skills to manage intense feelings. Other problems I work with include depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and difficulties individuals have with relating to others.
Prior to qualifying, I worked as a trainee clinical psychologist in various placements within the NHS which included a year-long placement with adolescents who were experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy – 2014 Academically validated by Royal Holloway, University of London
This post-graduate diploma is specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This course is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) – 2008 Royal Holloway, University of London
This training is accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
M.Sc. in Integrative Neuroscience – 2004 Imperial College, London
B.Sc. (Hons) in psychology – 2001 University of Bristol
This degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Given the fast pace of change and the frequency of new research within clinical psychology, I regularly attend workshops, conferences and short training courses in order to keep up-to-date with the latest research and models of best practice.
Professional Accreditation and Affiliation:
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registration number: PYL04483. The HCPC regulate health care professionals in the UK in order to protect the public. They only register professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills and behaviour. Only those registered with the HCPC are allowed to use the projected title “Clinical Psychologist”.
I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) – membership number 096946.The BPS is the representative body for psychologists in the UK. The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
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
Assessment: £110 (session of up to 60 minutes)
Treatment Session £110 (50 minute session)
Payment can be made by bank transfer.
I am registered with a number of health insurers, including BUPA, AXA-PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA. If your insurer is not listed, please contact me as I may still be able to meet with you.
I am available at The Eaves in Guildford on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Friday mornings during term-time.
Please note, that the full cost of the session will be due if less than 24 hours notice is given.