About

My experience

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over fifteen years experience of working with people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

I have worked in a range of settings with people who have been suffering from recent or acute mental health or emotional problems, through to people with more severe, complex or chronic difficulties. I have gained this experience through working in a variety of settings including primary care mental health services, community mental health teams, psychiatric hospitals, secure hospitals, challenging behaviour services, learning disability services, forensic services, child and adolescent mental health services and addiction services. I have worked both within the NHS and private sectors.

My approach

My approach to therapy is holistic and strengths-based, identifying and reinforcing each individual’s particular strengths and coping strategies in helping them to overcome the difficulties that have brought them to therapy. Therapy is therefore experienced as a primarily positive and enabling experience, rather than one which is only focused on ‘problems’.

Unlike some other therapists, I do not work only within one particular model - instead choice of therapy is based on a full psychological assessment and formulation of difficulties, and discussion with the client. This ensures that each therapy is exactly tailored to the client’s needs.

I use a range of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Person Centred Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology approaches.

My professional credentials

I am both a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and am also HPC (Health Professions Council) Registered to practice as a Practitioner Psychologist in the UK. My practice is therefore governed by both the BPS and HPC code of conduct. You can check out my professional credentials by logging onto the British Psychological Society's Find A Psychologist page and the HPC Register.

I am a full member of the British Psychological Society and am also a member of several its sub-groups, including:

  • The Division of Clinical Psychology
  • The Division of Forensic Psychology
  • Holistic Psychology Special Interest Group
  • Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health

Further training

In addition to my clinical training, I have also completed additional training in the following areas:

Therapy:

  • Working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (SEREN)
  • Clinical hypnosis (University College London)
  • Mindfulness (Mindfulness Centre for Research and Practice, Bangor)
  • Incorporating writing / narrative methods into therapy (University of Manchester)

Assessment:

  • Assessing risk of violence / sexual violence using the HCR-20/SVR-20 (WARRN)
  • Assessing psychopathy using the PCL-R (WARRN / Prof. Robert Hare)
  • Assessment of parenting (Psychology Associates)

Other:

  • Expert witness training (Psychology Associates)
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training (Mind Cymru)

Contact

If you are unsure about whether you would benefit from psychological therapy, if you would like to arrange a therapy session or discuss a potential referral, or if you have any queries relating to assessment, training or any other issue, please feel free to contact me for an informal chat and I will be happy to advise you accordingly.

I accept referrals from GPs and other health and social care professionals as well as self-referrals.