I have over ten years of experience of working in mental health services, including eight years within the NHS. During this time I have worked with adults, young people, children and families, who have experienced a range of challenges, circumstances and life events which have led to the development of difficulties and feelings of distress.
I work from the perspective that feelings of suffering and distress are normal human responses to adversity and challenging life events. It is understandable that sometimes feelings of suffering and distress can be difficult to make sense of, to cope with or to deal with alone. By beginning to understand difficulties, how they came to be and how they continue, we can begin to take steps towards overcoming them. We can learn new ways of managing, which can help us to improve our well-being and quality of life.
I draw upon a range of approaches within my work, to provide evidence based assessment and therapy, for adults, young people and children, in a compassionate and non-judgemental environment. These approaches include acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, compassion focused therapy, attachment-based therapies and integrative trauma therapies. I am currently undertaking additional training in cognitive behaviour therapy for people who experience psychosis.
My areas of interest include trauma, difficulties in relationships, difficulties in managing emotions, attachment-based approaches with looked after children and those who care for them, and women’s mental health and well-being during menopause.
Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
PGDip Applied Psychology (Therapies)
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology