I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist working part time within the NHS and working privately. I have significant experience 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 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. 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 that may combine a number of therapeutic approaches tailored to your specific needs, allowing you 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 one specific type of therapy which may not be helpful for you.
I tend to offer a short number of sessions depending on your needs, typically 6-8 although this can be less or more if needed. We will establish therapy goals and I will help you learn the skills you need to reach your goals. In this way I aim to teach you to be your 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 approachable, supportive
and compassionate. I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental
space to explore your difficulties. The part of my job that I love the most is when we look back and review progress made over the
course of therapy. It is really rewarding to see that the hard work that 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 but I will recommend services to meet your 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.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University
- Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD), University of
- Bachelor of Science (BSc Honours) in
Psychology, University of Aberdeen- 2007