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MSc, PhD, DClinPsy, C. Psychol., AFBPsS.

About me

I am a qualified clinical psychologist working with adults, children, and parents. 

I offer a confidential space to enable you to think and understand your difficulties in a safe and trusting relationship. I am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches (CBT, compassion focus therapy, brief dynamic therapy, and EMDR) and will tailor the intervention to your needs, always putting our relationship at the centre of our work. 

I work with individuals with a range of difficulties who want to improve their lives. Clients often struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression and can be critical of themselves. They feel exhausted, have little energy, live with pain, or experience a range of gastrointestinal complaints. For many of the clients I see, relationships can be challenging, and trusting others to seek help is a struggle. Through our work, they develop greater awareness of how they relate to others and themselves and the impact it has on their mood, which helps them to manage differently.

I also support parents/carers in their parenting journey as well as children that are struggling to understand their emotions, have difficulties in relationships, or are coming to terms with life-changing situations. 

If you feel you need to engage in a meaningful and reflective therapeutic intervention that can help you overcome your current struggles, do not hesitate to get in touch. I offer 15 min free discussion of my services. Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, once a week, and open-ended. Some therapies might require longer appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially trained as a primary education teacher for children with hearing and language difficulties (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1997) and subsequently qualified as an Educational psychologist in 1999 (Universidad Pontifica de Comillas Madrid, 1999). I completed a PhD in Deaf Studies (University of Bristol, 2005) and after a few years working as a research associate at the University of Manchester, I decided to return to clinical practice.

In 2009, I joined the NHS as an educational psychologist/operational manager of a specialist mental health service for Deaf children and their families. During my time in Deaf CAMHS I completed a Postgraduate certificate in CAMHS, MSc in child and adolescence mental health (ISEP, 2015), and enrolled in a diversity of short courses such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and systemic training.

In 2017, I decided to qualify as a clinical psychologist (University of Exeter, 2020). My doctoral research was on attachment and mentalization. During my doctoral degree, I completed training on CBT,  CFT and ACT as well as CAT.  I also received foundation-level training to work with couples and families systemically. 

I am currently training on Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and EMDR.  I continue to work part-time in the NHS. 

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mental health and wellbeing of Deaf people and can work in BSL. 

Fees

From £90.00 to £150.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer 15 min free discussion of my services. Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, once a week, and open-ended. Some therapies might require longer appointments. Sessions are £90-£150 depending on the length of the appointment. 

I am registered with the following health insurance companies: 

AXA Health, Aviva, VitalityHealth, Cigna, WPA, and Healix health services.

When I work

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Further information

I can work online and at my Taunton office. 

Taunton, Somerset, TA1

Somerset Counselling Centre, Apsley House, Tower Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4BH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages

BSL (British Sign Language)
Portuguese
Spanish

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Skype
Zoom