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- Applied Relaxation
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma focused CBT
Dealing with a mental health issue can be a frightening, lonely and stigmatising experience. It is common, when facing difficulties, to think you’re the only one, that no one can possibly understand, or that you don’t know where to turn for help. You might be looking for understanding – an answer to the question of “why?” or even “why me?”. Difficulties with our mental health can have a significant impact on daily life. Suddenly, everyday tasks can seem like climbing Everest and activities you used to be able to do with ease are now daunting or you may have stopped altogether.
People often come to see me for reasons just like these; you are not alone and things can change.
By working together, we will gain a better understanding of your distress and build skills and strategies to cope with your specific difficulties. Whilst I offer a range of evidence-based therapies (see below for details), my work is always tailored to the particular needs of the individual. In order to benefit most from psychological therapy, I believe a clear focus to our sessions is central. I therefore encourage those with whom I work to identify aims and goals to ensure our work together is as useful as possible.
For any therapy to be effective, a strong therapeutic relationship built on empathy, warmth, collaboration and trust is paramount. This is central to my working ethos.
I have over eleven years of experience working within a range of mental health services. I am currently employed in the NHS as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, working with adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Within this role I also supervise and teach both qualified Clinical Psychologists and those training to become Clinical Psychologists.
Areas of interest
Anxiety disorders; panic; agoraphobia; specific phobias (e.g. dogs, needles etc.); social anxiety / phobia; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); health anxiety; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); trauma; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD);
Mood disorders; Depression; Post-Natal Depression; low mood; Bipolar Disorder;
Emotional regulation difficulties including difficulties with self-harm; Adjustment to disability and / or coping with health difficulties / illness; Low self-esteem and confidence difficulties; Stress and worry; Scuba Diving related anxiety and difficulties.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Pain management
Current NHS consultant posts held
I am currently employed in the NHS as a Principal Clinical Psychologist, working with adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties. I work across two Community Mental Health Recovery Services.
My doctoral thesis investigated the presence of recurrent imagery in people who stutter, This was published by The Journal of Fluncey Disorders:
I have a passion for scuba diving and skiing.
My doctoral thesis investigates the presence of recurrent imagery in people who stutter, This was published by The Journal of Fluency Disorders:
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) University College London (UCL) 2009
- B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology University of Warwick 2003
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Registered Psychologist Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 2015
- Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society 2015
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the EMDR Association.