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BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol HCPC Registered

About me

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who can provide high quality evidence based psychological assessment and treatment for a range of mental health difficulties. I have over a decade of clinical experience and continue to hold senior positions in specialist NHS mental health services.

I have specialised in working with individuals affected by trauma and adverse events and utilise a range of trauma focused interventions including EMDR. I have also specialised in working with people affected by anxiety disorders such as OCD; generalised anxiety; panic attacks and phobias; social anxiety and fears around health.  I have trained extensively in compassion focused approaches and can offer help to individuals who are experiencing low self-esteem and shame, or those wishing to understand more about their own relationship with themselves and how to improve this. 

I am extremely passionate about the improvements that good quality psychological therapies can bring to people in distress, and I devote myself to creating a warm, safe and reassuring space for every client. I understand how challenging it can be to face your difficulties, particularly when experiencing strong emotions. It is my role to help you find your way through whatever you are facing in a supportive environment, and using well established, scientifically valid and evidenced based approaches. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and please feel free to check out my website for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

DClinPsy: Edinburgh University

MSc in Psychological therapy in primary care: Universities of Stirling and Dundee

BSc in Psychology: University of Stirling 

I use a range of psychological approaches including but not limited to: CBT; Compassion Focused Therapy; TfCBT; EMDR; Schema informed; CAT informed; Mindfulness. 

I have significant experience of working across specialist mental health settings including trauma services, adult mental health and learning disability services. 

I have attended a significant number of post doctoral training and CPD courses to both enhance and learn new therapeutic skills, I am constantly learning and keeping abreast of current developments within the world of Clinical Psychology. I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists. 

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Fees

£100.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £100.00 per session. I offer concessions for people working in the health and social care sector blue light services; members of the armed forces/veterans and students. I also offer concession rates for individuals on low incomes.

I can arrange a free brief telephone consultation to discuss your needs should you have any questions prior to booking. 

When I work

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There is some flexibility around days and times so please contact for further information. 

Further information

Please note that at this time I offer online appointments only. This way of working can be unfamiliar to some, however, I find that it allows people to access sessions who may have previously had to travel significant distances to do so. Sessions can also be accessed in the safety and privacy of your own home or private space wherever you wish and can be offered at times where other clinics may be closed.

You will however need to have a device with a camera and microphone and be able to find a safe confidential space with internet access for the duration of the appointment.

Appointments are hosted on a secure patient management system (Cliniko), with a one time access link meaning your online privacy and safety are protected at all times. Further details can be provided. 

Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, EH44

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Supervision

Online

Experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in trauma focused CBT and compassion focused therapy. Passionate about good quality supervision.

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