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Last updated: 14 Jul 2020
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness based CBT
I am an experienced and highly skilled clinical psychologist. I am a chartered psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council. I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2005, and I have worked in a number of NHS settings since this time, including primary care and more specialist physical health settings both in London and in Bristol.
Areas of Specialist Experience
I have over ten years’ experience working as a clinical psychologist within the NHS, and have developed expertise in working with a range of difficulties that any of us can encounter over the course of a lifetime, including depression, anxiety (including panic, social anxiety and health anxiety), work related difficulties, sleep difficulties, bereavement and post traumatic stress disorder. I am skilled in working with both single event traumas, such as car accidents, as well as trauma related to early childhood experiences. I have a particular interest in the field of clinical health psychology, which focuses on helping people overcome psychological difficulties associated with physical health problems, including chronic pain difficulties such as fibromyalgia and migraine.
I am an empathic clinician, and have a warm and gentle approach. I recognise that for many, seeking psychological support is a brave step, and I work with my clients to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties they face in order to map out the most helpful way forward. I draw on the therapies that have emerged from cognitive behaviour therapy, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion focused therapy (CFT), both of which incorporate a mindfulness based approach. I am trained to offer eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma symptoms, and there is emerging evidence to suggest that EMDR can also be helpful in the treatment of long term pain and migraine.
Areas of interest
depression; low mood; individual therapy; anxiety disorders; cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); panic disorder; panic attacks; phobias; health anxiety; bereavement; relationship difficulties; stress management; post traumatic stress responses; work place stress; coping with the impact of a physical health diagnosis; chronic pain management.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Pain management
- Physical disability
- Rheumatological conditions
Current NHS consultant posts held
Specialist clinical psychologist within a pain management service, Bristol
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Plymouth 2005
- BSc Experimental Psychology, first class honours University of Bristol 2001
Affiliations / memberships
British Psychological Society
Health & Care Professions Council
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.