About Me

I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist working part time within the NHS. I have significant experience in the NHS of working with both children and adults in community mental health teams (AMH's and CAMHS), and working with adults and children with illness in NHS hospitals.


In my work with adults, I have supported people with a range of difficulties including anxiety (OCD, panic, phobias, excessive worries, stress, perfectionism), depression, relationship problems, health related difficulties, trauma and bereavement. I have a particular interest in supporting women with anxiety related to childbirth, birth trauma, adjusting to motherhood and postnatal depression following significant experience working within this area.


In my work with children and young people, I have experience dealing with a range of developmental, relational and mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, aggression, self-esteem issues, as well as common paediatric and developmental problems related to sleep, toileting, eating and behaviour. I have also supported children with grief and loss. I adapt therapy for the child's age and stage of development.


I am trained in a range of therapies which have shown to be successful in treating mood related difficulties including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. This means that I will create a treatment plan for you/your child that may combine a number of therapeutic approaches tailored to your specific needs, allowing you/your child to get the help you need quicker. My extensive training and experience allows me to tailor the evidence base to your needs rather than only giving you/your child one specific type of therapy which may not be helpful for you.


I tend to offer a short number of sessions depending on you/ your child's needs (typically 6-8 although can be less or more if needed), we establish therapy goals and I help you/your child to learn the skills to reach your goals. In this way I aim to teach you/your child to be your own/their own therapist, using skills long beyond our time working together. You can always arrange a top up refresher session in the future if needed.


I am passionate about my work and I am approachable, supportive and compassionate. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which to explore clients' difficulties. The part of my job that I love most is when we look back and review all of the progress made over the course of therapy. It is really rewarding to see that the hard work we have both put in has made a difference.


Some types of complex psychological difficulties are best treated by a number of health professionals working together and depending on what is required I may not be able to offer this service for you/ your child but will recommend services to meet you/ your child's needs in these circumstances.


I am registered with the Health Care Professionals Council as a Practising Psychologist. The HCPC is the governing body which all Clinical Psychologists in the UK must register with in order to practice. I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD). My PhD looked to understand women's experiences of the menopause and I have published a number of papers from this work.


Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Glasgow-2015
  • Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD), University of Aberdeen-2011
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Honours) in Psychology, University of Aberdeen- 2007