Who am I?
I am a Counselling Psychologist which means I have been trained to work with people of all ages, with a wide variety of difficulties such as anxiety, panic, depression, stress and relationship problems. Having worked for many years in the NHS and private sector, I am able to offer talking therapies for individuals, couples and families.
I am the founder of High Linden Psychology Ltd which offers a bespoke psychology service to you and your family. I work in partnership with you, tailoring the therapy according to your needs. I believe there is no one box fits all type of treatment and I hope to listen to you and explore what will work best for you.
How do I work?
Please contact me by phone or e-mail and we can have an initial chat about what brings you to seek help and what you are looking for. Usually, I meet with an individual/couple/family for a first session to explore what the problems are. We can try to understand the problems better and discuss whether a talking therapy would be helpful. If we agree, then we can arrange to meet for a number of sessions which can be on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The number of times we meet will depend on the difficulties and how complicated they are.
This is not set in stone and along the way we will check in with each other to see how the therapy is going. The therapy will come to an end once we agree together that there is no longer a need for talking therapy and that you are ready to take time and practise what we have learned together.
We will work together on completing the therapy in the way that suits you best.
I try to work with you for as few sessions as possible in reaching your goals and I work closely with other professionals involved in your care if this is helpful.
Talking Therapies I practise
I specialise in providing evidenced based treatment (what we know works) including:
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour therapy) and Systemic/family therapy.
Specialist Support for memory problems and dementia
I have a particular interest in working with older people and their families. I understand that receiving the diagnosis of dementia can be frightening and I can offer post-diagnostic counselling and support.
I understand how demanding a caring role can be and I am able to provide interventions to reduce carer stress and prevent depression and anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Counselling Psychologist and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a qualified Dramatherapist.
Since qualifying in 2003 I have predominantly worked in the NHS holding posts of senior psychologist in specialist services for Ageing and Mental Health. Currently, I am working full time in my private practice in North West London where I treat a broad range of mental health problems with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan.
My preference is working using a systemic therapy approach and I am an accredited systemic practitioner, having completed the Foundation and Intermediate Certificate in Systemic practice. I am also trained in CBT and psychodynamic therapies and draw on these approaches when helpful.
I have been a visiting lecturer on a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology training course since 2010 as well as involved in teaching medical staff in hospital settings for several years. Additionally, I offer consultation and training packages to care homes to support residents, their families and staff.
I offer clinical supervision to psychologist colleagues and other professionals in their practice. Currently, I am a Clinical Supervisor for Dementia UK and offer monthly supervision to specialist dementia nurses in this role as well as to staff at JAMI, a mental health charity.
I am recognised as a Specialist provider by BUPA, AVIVA, Vitality, WPA and AXA insurance companies.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
physical health problems
medically unexplained symptoms
Functional Neurological Symptoms
Concessions offered for
I am recognised as a Specialist provider by BUPA, AVIVA, Vitality, WPA and AXA insurance companies for people that are covered for Psychology on their health insurance policy.
Please contact me directly for self paying fees.
9am-7pm Monday to Friday
Covid- 19 support
I am offering specialist support for frontline workers experiencing responses to trauma.
I am offering support to people affected by the lockdown with pre-existing mental health issues
I am offering support to people recovering from severe Covid-19 including trauma
I am offering support with people grieving for a loved one who has died from the virus