Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Edinburgh
PhD in Psychology ‘Executive Functioning and Autism’ – University of Hull
Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training – University of Hull
BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Hull
I have over ten years experience in working with children and adults with mental health difficulties in a variety of different settings. I currently work part-time as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS within an Adult Mental Health Service offering treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, self-esteem, bereavement and other difficulties that impact on an individuals functioning (i.e.relationships, work, learning) and well being.
I also work part-time in a service development post for adults with neurodevelopmental conditions (i.e. Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD). My role is to provide complex diagnostic assessments, tailor therapeutic approaches and develop services for people that improve their access to the most appropriate psychological interventions. I provide consultancy, training, supervision and advice to other professionals in these areas.
Prior to my clinical training I completed a PhD investigating cognitive differences within the autism spectrum. I also worked with patients with physical and mental health difficulties and as a support worker for children and adults with learning disabilities.
My Therapeutic Approach
In my clinical practice I use an integrative and collaborative approach, adapting and drawing from a number of evidence-based therapeutic models (such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT, mindfulness and dialectical behavioural therapy: DBT) to best meet a client’s needs. An initial assessment helps to explore what model will be the most helpful to address the current presenting problems and this is discussed in detail.
When working with individuals with ASD/ADHD, I encourage a better understanding of what their diagnosis means to them, rather than thinking about how to change it, and develop strategies to help cope with constant cycles of rumination, social anxiety, sleep/attention difficulties and low mood.