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Last updated: 24 Apr 2020
Background and Experience
I am a chartered clinical psychologist and have over 10 years of experience working with people experiencing emotional, mental health, and relational difficulties. I have worked extensively in NHS and independent settings. I have been responsible for developing and leading NHS clinical psychology services and providing management and supervision to qualified and assistant clinical psychologists. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and am an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. I am also an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner.
As a clinical psychologist I am trained to doctoral level in a range of psychological therapies. Since qualifying, I have undertaken continued professional development in cognitive analytic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, compassion focussed therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, neuropsychology, and health psychology. I also draw on person centred, systemic, and psychodynamic approaches. I maintain current knowledge of psychological research, and national and professional guidelines. I use this knowledge to offer an evidence-informed approach, while ensuring therapy is tailored to meet the individual needs of the person that I am working with.
My approach is warm, empathic, and non-judgemental. I work collaboratively with individuals to develop a shared understanding of how difficulties may have developed and maintain over time. This is through developing a ‘psychological formulation’, where the influence of past experiences, triggers, and current patterns that may be keeping the problem going are explored. This process enables understanding of strengths, abilities, and development of new strategies, which may act as resources in overcoming the problem.
I offer therapy to people of 18 years and over encountering the following difficulties (although this list is not exhaustive): anxiety, phobias, panic, health anxiety, social anxiety, stress, depression, low mood, anger, feelings of shame, low self esteem, identity issues, bereavement, trauma, ‘feeling stuck’, feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied with life, repeating unwanted patterns, relationship difficulties, and difficulties at work. I am unable to offer therapy to people who are suicidal, actively self harming, have difficulties with substance use, or who are at immediate risk.
- BSc Sociology University of Reading 2002
- MSc Psychology University of Essex 2005
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Bristol 2009
- EMDR training. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4. EMDR Works 2017
- Narrative therapy training. Level 1 Institute of Narrative Therapy 2017
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner Dorset Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Course 2020
- Compassion Focused Therapy. Advanced clinical skills. Compassionate Mind Foundation 2017
Affiliations / memberships
British Psychological Society:
Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
Health and Care Professions Council:
Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner