Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
Degrees and Education
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.ClinPsychol) – University of Edinburgh
BSc Hons (1st Class) Psychology – Sheffield Hallam University
I have worked in the NHS for over ten years in a range of mental health settings, including in hospitals and the community, a service for military veterans, and a service for people who have committed offences. I have extensive experience providing psychological care for people with physical health concerns, including working in specialist services for cancer, HIV and sexual health. I have additional training and experience in the impact of trauma and adverse experiences, and in the assessment of autism. I am also active in developing and delivering training for non-psychology professionals in health and social care and the voluntary sector.
I work with problems related to stress, sleep, life-stage and lifestyle, work and home-life, adjusting to changes and life challenges, and conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders. Even without a ‘diagnosis’ people often struggle with over-thinking and self-doubt, knowing how to respond effectively to emotions, relating to other people, and wondering how to ‘live up’ to their own and others’ expectations. I routinely work with concerns like these, as well as more existential issues about the ‘big questions’ of life such as meaning, purpose, direction, mortality, and identity.
My Therapeutic Approach
My first priority is establishing a comfortable, professional, non-judgemental working relationship. I recognise how important trust is in helping you feel safe to explore things you might have struggled to think through or talk about before. What you choose to talk about will be completely up to you.
I do not impose my own assumptions of how people should live their lives. I will aim to work with you so that we can develop a shared understanding of who you want to be, what you want out of life, and what is getting in the way that.
Often the difficulties and confusion people experience make much more sense and seem less overwhelming when we understand how they developed. This will be a combination of your own personal experiences, and the sometimes unhelpful ways human beings as a species tend to think, feel and act.
The therapeutic approach we use will be informed by the shared understanding we develop together. I draw predominantly on Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as a variety of other useful approaches. If I suggest techniques or exercises I will ensure these make sense to you, and have an emphasis on being practical, effective, and adaptable.