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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Video and telephone consultations
My aim is to help you to have a happy and fulfilling life where you are working towards and achieving your goals. Sometimes life events, or the way we deal with difficulties, gets in the way of our goals and the aim of therapy is to help us to get back on track. Whether you are struggling with problems in relationships, your behaviour is causing problems, you struggle to manage emotions or your mental health is affecting your ability to cope, there are skills we can learn to help us to move forward.
I am a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Psychologist who has been practising for over fifteen years. I have worked in a number of settings, in the Prison Service with Juvenile, Young Offender and adult males. I have worked in a medium Secure psychiatric hospital with people with complex mental health problems, personality disorder, autism spectrum disorder and learning disability. I have engaged people in group and individual therapeutic interventions.
I see people as individuals and I adapt the way I work in order to meet the needs of my clients. I have experience of working with people with a wide range of issues, from mental health to behavioural problems. I aim to provide an open therapeutic space where we can explore ways forward to create a happier and healthier life.
I am trained and experienced in a variety of risk assessment tools including HCR-20, SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth), SARA (Spousal Assault Risk Assessment) and RSVP (Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol). I have extensive experience in using such tools to inform my case formulation, risk management and treatment strategies in a variety of offending behaviours, including: violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and arson. I also have experience in using these assessments to provide written and oral evidence to aid decision-making at parole board oral hearings and Mental Health Review Tribunals.
I have developed skills in working with a range of individuals such as offenders diagnosed with personality disorder, learning disability, autism and a range of mental health diagnoses. I have engaged clients in a variety of different therapeutic interventions, both in a group and individually, ranging from substance misuse difficulties, a history of self-harm, limited insight into mental health difficulties, a history of violence and sexual violence and various interpersonal and emotional difficulties.
I work with individuals with a focus on their individual backgrounds, recognising their traumatic experiences and responding to their individual needs. I am also skilled at developing a therapeutic alliance by using compassion and empathy.
2017 Cognitive Analytic Therapy, ACAT
2016 Dialectical Behavioural Therapy individual therapist training, Weis Van Bosch (2 years)
2007 Cognitive Functioning workshop (Dr Carol Ireland & Suzanne Bowden)
2012 Qualification in Forensic Psychology (stage 2)
2004-2007 MSc Applied Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester
1999-2001 BSc Psychology, The Open University
1996-1999 BSc Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Bradford
WHO I WORK WITH
I have experience of working with a variety of client groups and with:
Aggression in young people and adults | depression | anxiety | problems forming relationships with others or interpersonal difficulties | poor self-esteem | difficulties managing emotions | alcohol and substance misuse | developing self-compassion | managing personality disorder traits | difficulties in solving problems | being self-critical | paranoid thoughts.
I deliver psychological interventions using different therapeutic approaches including:
Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
Areas of interest
Alcohol and/or substance misuse; aggression/violence; sexual behaviour; domestic violence; OCD; intrusive thoughts; anxiety; depression; managing difficult emotions; managing stress; psychotic illnesses; managing personality disorder traits; relationship problems.