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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy
Therapy can be a daunting but highly rewarding venture. With this in mind, my highest priority is to offer a warm, trusting & non-judgmental therapeutic space where my clients can feel safe when opening up & being vulnerable. I view therapy as a collaborate process that seeks to shed light on current difficulties by exploring past experiences & recurring patterns, which people may have never questioned before.
I have worked in NHS services for eight years & acquired a broad range of therapeutic skills & experience across a number of clinical populations & presentations. It was important to me to gain an understanding of the many different ways emotional distress can be expressed & the challenges & dilemmas people face at different ages, stages & transition points in their lives.
In addition to City Psychology Group I am currently working as a Senior Psychologist in the NHS supporting mothers & babies during pregnancy & the first year of the baby’s life. Parenthood is a major life event & recent statistics indicate that up to 50% of women can be suffering from some form of postnatal depression in the first year after giving birth. The two main factors that contribute to mothers experiencing significant emotional difficulty when having a baby are 1) a lack of adequate supportive structures in their present life & 2) unresolved issues around the mothering/parenting that they received as a child, which are almost certain to resurface when she is required to offer intensive mothering herself. The same is equally true for fathers too. Through my experience, I understand that parenting can be an incredibly difficult & demanding job; that people’s experience of care-giving is influenced by a whole array of factors (e.g. the conception, birth, bereavements, parents’ own histories, isolation) & that as a result, having a baby can understandably evoke a myriad of emotions. Having a reflective & supportive space in therapy, where you can identify & name the difficulty, can enable you to feel more empowered to confront it & work through it.
I have worked in adult mental health settings accruing extensive experience working with difficulties such as depression, the spectrum of anxiety conditions (including generalised anxiety disorder, panic, OCD), stress, low self-esteem, perfectionism, long-term health conditions (including chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain & HIV), childhood trauma & adults who have difficulties making or keeping satisfying relationships, or who find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy partnerships. I am particularly passionate about working with people who want to think deeply about themselves, in order to understand themselves & their relationships better & make meaningful, fundamental changes. Furthermore, I have worked at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service supporting children & young people with gender dysphoria & their families & in adult sexual health settings. This granted me the privilege of working with members or the LGBTQ community & with individuals who were struggling with personal & intimate issues relating to identity, sexuality, sexual dysfunction & risky sexual behaviour.
I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models & the methods & techniques I use will largely depend on your hopes for meeting with me. Perhaps most frequently, I utilise psychodynamic ideas, Cognitive Analytical Therapy & Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, with the aim of supporting people to develop insight; self-understanding; more rewarding ways of relating & greater authenticity, as opposed to just symptom relief. This is because in my experience, people & problems don't exist on their own & many of the struggles people bring to therapy have relationships at their core.
Areas of interest
Parent and Infant Mental Health
Adult Mental Health
Gender Dysphoria/ working with the trans community
Current NHS consultant posts held
Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist in Ealing Perinatal Mental Health Team
Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist in Waltham Forest Parent-Infant Mental Health Team
Gender, parenthood, wellbeing
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- BSc (Hons) Psychology The University of Manchester 2010
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Royal Holloway University of London 2015