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- Applied Relaxation
- Behaviour Therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1979, and worked in a variety of NHS posts, the last 15 years as the Head of Department of Psychological Therapies at the Royal Bolton Hospital. I retired from my NHS post several years ago in order to focus on my primary interest of providing individual psychological therapy. I enjoy my job very much, and have found that therapy need not always be very serious, and it is possible to have some fun in working together.
Areas of interest
As a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience, I have undertaken training in a number of different approaches, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Integrative Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the links between therapy and developments in cognitive science, which can give useful insights into emotional problems. Having had training in a number of approaches, I find that each individual needs an approached tailored to their specific difficulties, rather than trying to fit a person`s problems into a particular model. I work with many difficulties, including: anxiety ; depression; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); trauma; OCD; In fact, most people`s difficulties can be complex and hard to put into words, and cannot be captured by a single label, and so to begin with I work with clients to find a suitable way of describing their problems, often know as a formulation.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
Retired from NHS post after 30 years practice
I am very interested in the latest developments in cognitive science and how these related to the emotional problems that people experience. I also keep in touch with the research being done on improving effectiveness in psychotherapy practice, and am a member of the International Center for Clinical Excellence. I have recently been training to use Heart Rate Variability biofeedback, an innovative and research-based approach to stress and related problems
Apart from the usual interests, I am a pretty keen mountain biker, although my enthusiasm outstrips my ability and fitness at times!
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
I have written several books and have several publications
Courses offered to GPs
I have run a lot of workshops in the past covering a lot of topics related to clinical psychology and therapy, most recently a number of workshops for BUPA staff on Heart Rate Variability
I use an adapted outcomes scale at the end of therapy for all clients which indicates a high level of satisfaction with therapy including outcomes achieved
- Masters degree in clinical psychology Manchester University 1979
- Hons degree in psychology University on Newcastle upon Tyne 1977
- Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy Manchester 1989
- Certificate in Managing Health Services IHSM/Open University 1986
Affiliations / memberships
Registered with theHealth and Social Care Professional Council
Member of International Center for Clinical Excellence
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Post treatment communication
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