I completed my undergraduate in Psychology (MA Hons, 1st class) at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. I originally planned a career in academic research, but am eternally grateful to the supervisor who directed me to “something a bit more people focused”. I completed the MSc in Psychological Therapy for Primary Care at the University of Dundee in 2007, and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.
I’ve been practicing psychological therapy for over ten years, and for the past four have maintained a small private practice working with individual adults. I’m experienced in treating all common psychological disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders, problems with self esteem or relationships) but my special interest is in supporting people to adjust to major life changes, which isn’t always a ‘disorder’. As well as working with The Edinburgh Practice, I work in the NHS in services for people with cancer or end-of-life needs.
A client once described me as a “therapeutic magpie”, and I thought this very apt. My basic approach is typically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but I pull in elements of other evidence-based therapies (Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy) depending on the needs and preferences of each client. I believe that the first stage in each therapeutic relationship is to listen and to understand, without preconceived ideas of what will ‘fix’ things.