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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Applied Relaxation
- Behaviour Therapy
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
What a “meaningful life” looks like is different for everyone, and so I take a personal approach to psychology. Focusing on what matters in their life, I work with people to understand the barriers and psychological issues that are keeping them stuck and help them to learn ways to live deeply, and well.
Advanced psychological approaches - As a Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience in a wide range of psychological interventions, I am able to select and tailor the intervention to suit the individual. I specialise in ACT, which is an advanced form of cognitive-behavioural therapy based equally in science and ancient knowledge. I use evidence-based techniques to help people to handle the difficult and distressing mental experiences and emotions that get in the way.
Real Psychology: Online - I am an enthusiastic and experienced practitioner of online psychology because of the wide range of practical and clinical benefits. Using videocall means we open a conversation at a convenient time and place for you. In doing that, we create a space that exists only in our connection! We can put your concern into that space, and take a good look at it, together.
Dive Psychology – A keen scuba diver since 2007, I have a dual-profession as a diving instructor and a specialist interest in working with divers. Since 2015 I have helped scuba divers overcome issues such as panic, anxiety and other psychological barriers to diving. I work confidentially with diving professionals who are experiencing issues preventing them from working, or advancing in their diving career. I also provide support for divers who are having difficulties following from distressing or traumatic diving incidents.
Providing online services means that I am able to work with a much larger range of divers, across geographical areas, and therefore develop expertise as a specialist in Dive Psychology.
Areas of interest
Fears & phobias;
Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD);
Worry & Rumination;
Underwater Diving Accidents;
Fitness to Dive;
Diving Psychology is my main research interest. I have studied, and created courses in: psychological aspects of diving; therapeutic diving; diver panic and anxiety; traumatic diving incidents; gas density effects, e.g. narcosis and hypercapnia; neurological aspects of scuba diving; fitness-to-dive.
My personal scuba diving is recreational, to 40 metres, and mainly UK / coldwater diver. I enjoy learning about areas of diving that are beyond my own experience, including commercial and saturation diving.
Fixing Problems Under the Surface, The Psychologist - https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-32/october-2019/fixing-problems-under-surface
More than 20 articles on the PADI Blog - https://blog.padi.com/author/laurawalton/
CNN Travel - https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/best-scuba-diving-destinations/index.html
South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3040909/how-scuba-diving-can-boost-mental-health-and-mindfulness
Scuba Diver Mag - https://www.scubadivermag.com/scuba-diver-magazine-40-out-now/
Human factors, psychology and diving, with Gareth Lock - https://www.scubadivermag.com/scuba-dive-live-human-factors-in-diving-with-gareth-lock-and-dr-laura-walton/
Relevant Academic Publications:
The panic triangle: onset of panic in scuba divers. Undersea Hyperb Med
. Sep-Oct 2018;45:505-509. - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30428239/
Courses offered to GPs
"Dive Psychology and It's Uses" - via online call.
- MSc Psychological Research Methods University of Stirling 2006
- BSc Psychology University of Newcastle 2004
- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology University of Edinburgh 2010
- Online Module in Dive Medicine Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 2020
- Instructor Divers Alert Network 2018
- IDC Staff Instructor Professional Association of Diving Instructors 2016
- Instructor Disabled Divers International 2018
- Open Water Instructor / Specialty Instructor Professional Association of Diving Instructors 2015
- Divemaster Professional Association of Diving Instructors 2013
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Associate Fellow British Psychological Society 2013
- Practitioner Psychologist Health and Care Professionals Council 2010
Affiliations / memberships
Divers Alert Network (DAN)
Disabled Divers International (DDI)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
0191 308 2479