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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Applied Relaxation
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
I am a lead clinical psychologist in a psychosis team offering specialist services. You will get a rich understanding of why your problems developed and how to treat them. I work with anxiety disorders (social anxiety, OCD, panic, health, GAD), PTSD, physical and sexual and emotional abuse, depression, anger, addictions, bipolar, and psychosis. I often target factors (e.g. self-prejudice, fear of the unknown) that fuel many problems. How you think about things really does affect how you feel and what you then do. I use well researched psychological techniques to help you resolve emotional distress and improve your quality of life.
I am trained to the highest psychological standards to meet your needs. I'm empathic and focused. I draw upon multiple treatments including CBT, schema therapy, CFT, DBT, SFT, and EMDR. These therapies share a common ingredient in alleviating distress. We use reliable questionnaires to inform interventions and track your progress towards treatment goals.
Throughout my life I have learned to build emotional resilience and to appreciate different aspects of my personality. I'll help you to learn how to manage your own wellbeing. We will work together to tackle the obstacles that are holding you back. Others say that I'm calm, kind and approachable. I will provide a weekly safe and confidential space for you.
Areas of interest
Panic Disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Social Anxiety Disorder; Phobias; Trauma and PTSD; Depression; Psychosis; Bipolar disorder; Anger management; Adolescents and Adults; Panic Induction; Worry Management; Exposure and Response Prevention; Behavioural Experiments; Graded Exposure; Grounding Techniques; Narrative timeline; Distress Tolerance; Emotion Regulation; Mindfulness; Interpersonal Effectiveness; Motivational Interviewing; Stabilisation; Memory Reprocessing; Reclaiming one's life and values; Behavioural Activation; Formulation; Relaxation strategies; Opposite Action; Cognitive Restructuring; Enhancing Coping Strategies.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Senior Clinical Psychologist, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Early Intervention Psychosis Bedfordshire, Twinwoods Resource Centre, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6AT (Jan 2018-Aug 2020)
Clinical Psychologist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Primary Care Psychology, Wallsend Health Centre, North Tyneside, NE28 7PD
Anxiety Disorders, Depression and Psychosis.
Cycling, swimming, socialising with friends and family, visiting parks and woodland walks, sight seeing, meditation, travelling.
Kings College - PG Cert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Psychosis (2020).
Newcastle University - PG Cert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (2017).
Newcastle University - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2015).
Sankar, R., Robinson, L., Honey, E. & Freeston, M. (2017). What does intolerance of uncertainty look like in everyday life? A systematic investigation into intolerance of uncertainty behaviours. Division of Clinical Psychology Forum, 296, 10-15.
Sankar, R. (2013, December). Understanding patient absenteeism within primary care mental health services in areas of economic deprivation. Poster presented at Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, York, UK.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Newcastle University 2015
- PG Cert in CBT for psychosis Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry 2020
- PG Cert in CBT for anxiety disorders Newcastle University 2017
Affiliations / memberships
BPS membership number - 213173
HCPC registration number - PYL31918