My Experience

I have worked as a psychologist in the NHS for over ten years and currently work with children, young people and families in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in addition to my private practice with Avenue Therapies. I have had rich and varied experiences of working therapeutically with children, young people, adults and families, supporting them with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. I have experience of working therapeutically with a range of issues that one may face during their lifetime. This includes mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as challenges with confidence and self-esteem. I am experienced in working with those adjusting to the implications of chronic health conditions (e.g. chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome) and neurological (e.g. epilepsy, dementia and migraine) and neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. ASC, ADHD). I also have experience of working with individuals and families adjusting to relationship changes and challenges, for example through bereavement, separation, fostering and adoption, exam stress. I work with both children and adults.

I am also experienced in offering supervision, consultation and training to professionals, both individually and in groups. I currently deliver teaching on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to the University of Exeter twice yearly, at both their Exeter and Reading campuses and have previously offered this training to Salomons institute for Applied Psychology I also have experience of offering mindfulness and wellbeing sessions to colleagues in various NHS Trusts which I have worked within.

My Values

I like to think that I am a warm, friendly, enthusiastic and respectful psychologist who places importance on ensuring my clients feel supported to share and explore challenging aspects of their life in a safe and helpful environment. I work flexibly and in collaboration with my clients, both to select a therapeutic model or approach that they feel will best fit with them and in each appointment. I think it is important to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and tend to try and understand problems or issues that bring someone to therapy in the context of their lives; holding in mind both historical and current life circumstances. I aim to maximise my clients’ internal strengths and resources to support them with overcoming the challenges they face so that they can live rich, full and meaningful lives.

The Models I Work With

Having trained and worked with a variety of psychological models, I aim to work flexibly with my clients, tailoring the approach to their needs. The main models that I draw upon include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment-based therapies including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Mindfulness approaches, Narrative Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Systemic Approaches.

Training and Qualifications

• DNA-v: The Youth Model of Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology, Praxis, 2019
• Narrative Exposure Therapy, Oxford Health, 2019
• Supervisor Training, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, 2017, 2018
• ACT for Chronic Health Conditions, Contextual Consulting, 2016
• Family Partnership Model, South London and Maudsley, 2016
• Children and young persons IAPT Outcome Monitoring, CYP IAPT, 2016
• Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1, Adoption Plus, 2015
• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London, 2015
• Good Clinical Practice Training, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust,2014
• Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme- Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy, Provider Training, University College London, 2012
• BSc Psychology, University of Surrey, 2009

Membership of Professional Bodies

• Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council ~ Practitioner Psychologist, Pin: PYL32222
• Member of the British Psychological Society