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As a Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience, I bring a combination of skill, knowledge and understanding my work with adults in my SE London consulting rooms.
My professional life began in the Midlands where I worked with clients presenting with a range of problems at GP surgeries and community mental health teams. My specialist interest in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related problems developed after moving to a research therapist post funded by the Wellcome Trust at the University of Oxford in 1994 where I worked closely with Professor Paul Salkovskis (recognised all over the world as a specialist in this area). In this role, I was able to further refine the varied approach and broader awareness of psychological difficulties that had their roots in the early days of my career. After moving to London in 2000, for 12 years I held the post of Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (South London & Maudsley NHS Trust), a specialist unit developing and providing evidence-based cognitive-behaviour therapy for a range of anxiety disorders. As clinical lead for national OCD referrals, I provided assessment and treatment for severe and complex cases, offering a specialist opinion to other mental health care professionals both within the team and elsewhere.
In addition to my clinical work, I offer supervision, training and consultation to other health professionals and contribute to teaching on the University of Surrey clinical psychology doctorate course. Keen to promote the help that clinical psychology can offer and increase the public’s awareness of mental health issues, I have made several contributions to national media including House of Obsessive-Compulsives on Channel 4, a Radio 4 Woman’s Hour feature on hoarding, and various publications.
Registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council, I adhere to their professional code of conduct and ethics.
Areas of interest
Stress; Anxiety; Low mood; Specialist in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder
Forrester, E, Salkovskis, PM, & Wilson, C (2002). The Occurrence of Intrusive Thoughts Transforms Meaning in Ambiguous Situations: an Experimental Study. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30. 143-152.
Salkovskis, PM, Richards, HC, & Forrester, E (2000). Psychological treatment of refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder and related problems. In Goodman, WK, Rudorfer, MV, & Maser, JD (Eds.) (2000). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Contemporary Issues in Treatment. Personality & Clinical Psychology Series (pp. 201-221). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ, US.
Salkovskis, PM, & Forrester, E (2002). Responsibility. In Frost, RO, & Steketee, G (Eds.) Cognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions: theory, assessment, and treatment. Oxford: Elsevier.
Salkovskis, PM, Forrester, E, Richards, HC, & Morrison, N (1998). The Devil is in the Detail. In Tarrier, N, Wells, A, & Haddock, G (1998). Treating Complex Cases: The Cognitive Behavioural Approach. Wiley & Sons. Chichester.
Salkovskis, PM, Forrester, E, & Richards, HC (1998). The cognitive-behavioural approach to understanding obsessional thinking. British Journal of Psychiatry, 173. 53-63.
Salkovskis, PM, Richards, HC, & Forrester, E (1995). The Relationship Between Obsessional Problems and Intrusive Thoughts. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23. 281-300.
Salkovskis, PM, Wroe, A, Gledhill, A, Morrison, N, Forrester, E, Richards, HC, Reynolds, M, & Thorpe, SJ (2000). Responsibility Attitudes and Interpretations are characteristic of obsessive compulsive disorder. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38. 347-372.
Williams, TI, Salkovskis, PM, Forrester, E, & Allsopp, M (2002). Changes in Symptoms of OCD and Appraisal of Responsibility During Cognitive Behavioural Treatment: a Pilot Study. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30. 69-78.
Seaman, C, Oldfield, VB, Gordon, O, Forrester, E, & Salkovskis, PM (2010). The Impact of Symptomatic Hoarding in OCD and its Treatment. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38. 157-171.
Affiliations / memberships
Health Care Professions Council (Clinical Psychologist)
British Psychological Society (C Psychol)
Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)