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- Applied Relaxation
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Trauma focused CBT
Every one of us will experience some kind of distress at one point or another in our lives. Life can present us with a number of challenges, and our responses to these will vary according to our history, own personal belief systems, coping strategies and support systems at the time. Sometimes we can manage this alone, or with the support of friends and family, but at other times things can feel too confusing, or overwhelming.
Psychological therapy can offer a supportive and specialist way to explore these kinds of difficulties, alleviating confusion and distress, and exploring ways to make a change and improve your mood and quality of life.
I am a Counselling Psychologist, having worked for over 15 years with people with emotional and mental health difficulties, and hold a Principal Psychologist position in the NHS. I aim to create a therapy space based upon trust, safety and collaboration, to find a way together to help you through the challenges you are currently struggling with. I have worked with a range of difficulties, ranging from mild-moderate struggles, to those with more complex and severe mental health difficulties. I have experience of working with adolescents, adults, families, individuals and running groups. I also have experience of providing clinical supervision to other qualified psychologists and mental health practitioners and trainee clinical and counselling psychologists. My main model of practice is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, however, am trained in a range of therapy models and would aim to match my way approach to your needs.
In addition to my core training, I have also attending training on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness Based Interventions, and training specific to working with people with psychosis and those with trauma and PTSD.
Having recently had my own children and faced struggles as part of this journey, I have a keen interest in pre and post-natal mental health difficulties. I also have a keen interest in the impact our early life experiences have on our development as individuals and how this affects how we think and feel in the here and now. I have a specialised interest in working with
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and have historically worked in a local specialist OCD clinic, and written group protocols for the psychological treatment for OCD, which continue to be delivered within local mental health services.
I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), including full membership with the Division of Counselling Psychology – membership number 148873
I am a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registration number PYL01895
I offer appointments on a Monday daytime at present.
Areas of interest
Anxiety disorders; panic; agoraphobia; specific phobias; social anxiety / phobia; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); health anxiety; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); trauma; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
Mood disorders; Depression; Post-Natal Depression; Post-Natal Anxiety; Post-Natal Rage; Low mood; Bipolar Disorder;
Emotional regulation difficulties including difficulties with self-harm; Low self-esteem and confidence difficulties; Stress and worry; Difficulties adjusting to becoming a parent including loss of role and identity
Current NHS consultant posts held
Principal Counselling Psychologist as part of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Pre and postnatal mental health. The impact of childhood experiences on our sense of self, beliefs and thinking patterns.
- BSc Psychology University of Portsmouth 2002
- MSc Counselling Psychology London Metropolitan University 2005
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology London Metropolitan University 2007
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Registered Counselling Psychologist HCPC 2019
- Chartered Psychologist BPS 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors, 2019