Office 5 Unit 2
Roseberry Court, Stokesley Business Park
I am a Clinical Health Psychologist and work with adults and young people with a range of difficulties.
If you are feeling anxious (worrying a lot generally, or worried about specific problems) or depressed (feeling sad, low in motivation with little or no enjoyment in life) or have relationship difficulties, bereavement, trauma or loss issues, then therapy could help you. Many people have sleep difficulties and therapy can help improve your sleep pattern and sleep quality.
I have worked in physical health settings in hospitals for many years, and one of my interests is helping people adjust to, and cope with, physical health problems. I work with helping people cope with long-term pain, cardiac problems, stroke, diabetes, some eating disorders, and in particular eating disorders associated with Type 1 Diabetes. I also work with carers to help them manage the often difficult role of caring for a relative.
The goals of therapy will be yours to decide upon - guided by me and my experience in what can effectively be addressed in therapy. This may include finding ways of coming to a state of "acceptance", developing understanding of, managing or overcoming specific difficulties, or coming to a fuller understanding of the self and how we function in the world.
Please call in the first instance so we can discuss the difficulties you are hoping to overcome, and ways in which therapy might help you. The most important thing in a therapeutic relationship and successful therapy is the forming of a trusting and effective therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. You can and should check this out in your initial telephone conversation and first appointment. It is important you feel comfortable with, and confident in, your therapist - and then the therapy and the positive outcomes evolve from there.
Clinical psychologists are trained in a number of different therapy types, and to work across the lifespan - i.e. with all age groups. We have a breadth and depth of training that can help with a wide presentation of commonly experienced human emotional and behavioural problems.
In my therapy work, I draw especially on a number of therapeutic models, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic theories, mindfulness and counselling models. I have a strong interest in attachment theory, which helps us understand our early relationships with others, especially care-givers, and how this impacts upon our present life and relationships. I also use strategies from motivational interviewing which can be particularly helpful in making difficult but important life changes. I may use talking, writing or drawing/making art as a way to help my client express their difficulties, and work towards resolutions.
We may agree to focus our work together on one particular model or way of working, or more likely, I will integrate influences from any or all of the models, adapted to best suit your needs, and this is always discussed and agreed collaboratively.
I also offer EMDR, which is an evidence-based treatment that can offer very good results quickly in some cases - specifically in trauma, PTSD and other difficulties. If you are interested in finding out more about this treatment modality, and whether it would be suitable for you, please call for an initial conversation.
I will explain the various ways of working, and what I feel will best meet your needs in the initial session, and throughout sessions as they progress.
Please call if you would like any further information on the above, or to discuss your needs and arrange a session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied initially at the University of Leeds where I was awarded BSc hons in Psychology, and then later an MA in Guidance and Counselling at the University of Durham, and an MSc in Occupational Psychology at University of Leicester. I then went on to do further studying, professional development and qualifications in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Adult Attachment Interview and Motivational Interviewing. I am currently developing further professionally in the area of ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
I have over 20 years working in clinical psychology departments within the NHS, and in last 10 years in senior psychologist and management roles. I adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct, having registration as a Clinical Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society.
I am committed to ongoing professional development. I am trained in EMDR Part 1 and am undertaking Part 2 and Part 3 later this year. I am also currently training in Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adjusting to and managing long term physical health conditions including chronic pain, diabetes, coronary heart disease and heart attack, stroke.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
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Please call to discuss fees and methods of payment. There is no charge for the initial telephone conversation where we can find out about each other and decide how we can work together on the issues you wish to explore and address in therapy.
My therapy room is based at Stokesley Business Park, with easy access from surrounding areas. The comfortable therapy room provides a pleasant and therapeutic space in which you can explore your difficulties in a safe and supportive setting within an empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship.
Online therapy is also available - please ask if you would like to find out more about this. Online therapy can be a flexible solution for people who find it difficult to leave home for any reason, have busy schedules, or are travelling away from home.
Sessions are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30 am - 8pm.
I am sorry I am not able to respond immediately to urgent concerns. If you are in crisis, you should see your GP, or if it is an emergency, access emergency services. You can also contact The Samaritans for immediate support.
Protection of your data
Please be aware when contacting me by email that email is not a perfectly secure form of communication. I advise you keep your message brief, and I will call you back if requested. If security concerns you, you can send me a password protected document by email, followed by the password in a separate email. For the same reasons, when I reply by email, I will keep it very brief without including any sensitive information. If I need to send more sensitive details, I will password protect the document.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Clinics run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9.30 am to 8 pm. For initial enquiries and other calls, I aim to respond within 1-3 days, unless I am on leave.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a clinical health psychologist with experience in a number of areas of psychological and physical health.