I have specialist knowledge and experience working with the impact that trauma and stressful life experiences can have on people’s emotional and physical health and relationships. However, as a growing body of research and my own clinical experience demonstrates, the brain, mind and body can adapt at any stage of life and therapy can be an opportunity to grow with stronger foundations and develop confidence to make meaningful life changes. In addition, I believe it is important to acknowledge the impact of visible or invisible aspects of difference such as gender, race, religion, age, class, culture, ethnicity, education and sexuality amongst others.
Following an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology I undertook a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey.
I currently work in the NHS with patients experiencing significant psychological distress including psychosis. I work as part of a team to support people having a mental health crisis back into living a full and meaningful life. I have worked in the NHS for twenty years starting out as a Nursing Assistant and Assistant Psychologist working with offenders with mental health difficulties. Since qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist in 2008, I have worked in the NHS - in inpatient, Community Mental Health Teams and Psychotherapy Departments, providing individual and group psychological therapies to adults presenting with a range of emotional and relational difficulties as well as providing clinical supervision to Trainee and qualified Psychologists.
I have also undertaken further specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) and completed a Foundation in Group Analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis. I have also completed a teacher training course in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and have run Mindfulness groups for a number of years.
I have developed substantial knowledge and experience in a range of therapeutic models and tailor my approach to a person’s individual needs whether that may be processing difficult life experiences, breaking out of patterns of unhelpful behaviours, coping better with anxiety, low mood and work related stress, negotiating the challenges of modern life or improving relationships and wellbeing.
I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and am registered with the Health and Care professions Council (HCPC).