My Experience

I am a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in the NHS. Having completed my clinical psychology training in 2006, I worked with people across the lifespan, presenting with a range of both mental health (for example, OCD, health anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem) and physical health difficulties (for example, adjusting to illness, management and loss) to work towards the changes and goals they have identified. People often come to therapy for support with anxiety related difficulties, low mood, depression, stress, adjustment and bereavement related problems and my aim is to support and facilitate the changes needed to reduce distress and improve quality of life. I am particularly interested in working with people in a relational way – understanding how the relationship with self and others is developed and maintained and how this affects the individual in their day-to-day interactions, their past and future.

I have worked in private practice since 2013, with individuals, couples and families, across the lifespan and with different challenges. Overall, I have experience and feel comfortable with working with a wide range of clinical, relational, physical health and emotional problems. One of my areas of specialism is in working with people with physical health problems, and helping clients adjust to and manage the impact of these conditions, physically and psychologically. This is reflected in my current role working for a charitable organisation supporting people with cancer where I have been since 2016.

My Values

My aim as a therapist is to support my clients on their journey to a more fulfilled and fulfilling life, whatever the difficulties they are experiencing. I am a supportive, open and non-judgemental therapist, and aim to stand side-by-side with my clients, in a bid to understand and explore their difficulties together. Through this, I try to help my clients reach their full potential, and try to empower them to take ownership of the changes they are making. This is with a view to maintaining these changes in future, and beyond the end of our therapeutic involvement working together.

The Models I Work With

I try to work integratively, and incorporate elements of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. More recently, I have been learning about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and try to incorporate elements of this approach into my practice. Generally, with this broad array of approaches, I aim to tailor the intervention to the client I am with, in a bid to ensure a ‘best fit’ for that person.

Training and Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London 1997 – 2000
  • PhD ‘Information Processing Biases in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME’, Royal Holloway, University of London, Pass 2005
  • DClin Psy, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, University of London 2003 – 2006

Further Training

  • Constructing a new Self: a cognitive therapy approach to personality disorders. Christine Padesky. London: 12-13th June 2006
  • Breathworks ‘ Introduction to Mindfulness as a health care intervention for managing chronic pain and illness (special interest in CFS/ME’), 12th and 13th July 2010. Manchester Buddhist Centre, Manchester.
  • Institute of Psychiatry ‘Achieving Excellence in CBT – CBT top-up training’ – as part of this series I attended different workshops and masterclasses on the application of CBT to different conditions, including ‘social anxiety’, ‘health anxiety’, ‘depression’, ‘ptsd’, ‘ocd’, ‘panic disorder’, ‘depression’, ‘chronic depression’, ‘body dysmorphic disorder’, ‘generalised anxiety disorder’ and ‘chronic health conditions’. July 2010 – May 2011. Institute of Psychiatry, London.
  • Mindfulness Training Ltd ‘Four day experiential introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Skills Training, 03/03/2013, London.
  • Contextual Consulting ‘ACT made simple’, and ‘ACT bootcamp’ presented by Russ Harris. 12th and 13th June 2014, 10th and 11th July 2015. London.
  • Schema Therapy Associates ‘ Schema Therapy with complex cases (Module 1)’, ‘Schema therapy skills and working with Borderline Personality disorder (Module 2) and , ‘Schema therapy skills working with Narcissism and Anxious/Avoidant Personality Disorders (Module 3)’ by Gill Heath and Tara Cutland Green. 11th – 13th December 2014, 4th and 5th May 2015, 24th – 26th February 2016. London.
  • Contextual Consulting ‘ACT for Physical Health Problems workshop’, presented by Ray Owen. 10th and 11th October 2016. London.
  • British Psychological Society – Special Interest Group Oncology and Palliative Care ‘Compassion-focused therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care’, Andrew Rayner and Heidi Napier, 24th Nov 2017, Manchester.
  • Contextual Consulting ‘Supercharging CBT, with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Fiona Kennedy, 7th and 8th December 2017.