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Hello, I’m Tarun and I am a Clinical Psychologist as part of The Oak Tree Practice and Little Bee Clinic.
I work for the NHS in a forensic service and am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
How did I become a clinical psychologist?
From a young age, I have been curious about people and the stories people tell about themselves and others. After college, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Leeds and began working in the NHS shortly after. During this period, I gained valuable experiences working in a number of different settings. I became interested in the stories that dominated the lives of people who accessed the services I was working in. These tended to construct problems that existed within the person, leaving the context in which the problem emerged and the values and skills of the person experiencing the problem less visible. I decided I wanted to become a Clinical Psychologist as it would provide me with an opportunity to work alongside people to help uncover the hidden stories that existed in their lives. After working for many years in the NHS I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London.
What would it be like to meet me?
I aim to create a warm, friendly and non-judgement space to explore the things that have brought you to therapy. I believe the therapy relationship to be the most important aspect of therapy and value building an open and trusting relationship with individuals I work with.
What type of therapies do I use and what type of problems do I work with?
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to use a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I use an integrative approach, tailoring therapy to meet your needs. I help people experiencing a variety of difficulties, including relationship difficulties, low mood, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem and personality difficulties.
We will work collaboratively to explore the way you think, feel and act, while also exploring the events and relationships that underlie these experiences. Together we will identify the current problems that brought you to therapy and how they affect your life and wellbeing. We will explore underlying causes for these problems in the context of your earlier life and relationships. We will understand how you learnt to survive difficult feelings by relating to others and yourself in particular ways. We will identify how these patterns may be holding you back and discover choices and ways of doing things differently.
What do I enjoy outside of psychology?
I enjoy seeing live music and spending time with friends and family. I love hiking and being outdoors. I am fortunate to have a garden and have recently started growing my own vegetables.
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