I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 10 years of experience of working with adults within the NHS and in private practice. I offer compassionate and collaborative, evidence-based, psychological interventions that are guided by a shared understanding of each person’s unique situation and values. I am registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, as well as a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.
I strongly believe that at the heart of an effective therapy is a relationship between the therapist and client that is empathic, honest and sincere. Therapy is a collaborative endeavour whereby we work together to support you to improve and enrich your life. Therefore we always start with goals specific to you, which identify what is important and meaningful to you, and then we work to help you move towards this.
My training as a clinical psychologist enables me to use a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. Sometimes using one specific approach works well for people, while for others it may be appropriate to use a combination of approaches. I work in a responsive way, and will always use approaches that clients can relate to and that help them make better sense of themselves. In addition to my clinical psychology training, I have further training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). Above all, I aim to provide you with a safe space in which to explore the issues that are concerning you.
HOW I CAN HELP
Sometimes people come to me with a clear understanding of a difficulty that they want help with. I have experience and training in the following areas (though many people’s difficulties do not easily fit into one category):
· Anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, health anxiety, social anxiety and phobias
· Low mood or depression
· Trauma and post-traumatic stress
· Bereavement, grief and loss
· Living with acute or chronic physical health conditions
· Neurological conditions
· Medically unexplained symptoms
At other times, people come with a less clear understanding of their difficulties, but with a strong sense that they are suffering and not living life in the way they wish they could. They may find themselves overwhelmed by distressing emotions that they struggle to make sense of and manage, such as anger or intense sadness.
Many come with a strong desire to understand themselves better, to be kinder and more compassionate with themselves, and to make positive changes in their lives.
We often assume that when we decide that the time is right to have a baby, this is something which will happen quickly and easily, and be a joyous and positive experience. However, when things go wrong, or when reality doesn’t meet up with expectations, the experience can be devastating for both the mother/mother-to-be and her partner. I have a special interest in perinatal mental health and wellbeing, and can support parents and prospective parents throughout this journey. Specific difficulties I can help with include:
· Emotional impact of infertility
· Pregnancy loss (including termination for medical reasons) and recurrent pregnancy loss
· Tokophobia (fear of childbirth)
· Birth trauma
· Pre- and post-natal anxiety/depression
· Adjusting to parenthood
· Pregnancy and parenting after loss
However, again sometimes our experiences do not fit neatly into boxes, and sometimes people who are seeking support simply need a safe space in which to think about and make sense of their journey to parenthood.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), University of Essex
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Northampton
- PGDip Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Bristol
- MSc in Clinical Criminology, University of Leicester
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society
- Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professions Council
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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