My Experience

I have worked in the NHS with children and adults with a range of mental and physical health needs for over 13 years. I have extensive experience working in the NHS with people with physical health conditions, including long term health conditions and functional/medically unexplained symptoms. I have specialised in working with people with gastrointestinal symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and allergies. This has included involvement in leadership and teaching roles within allergy and gastroenterology national groups and conferences. My NHS work primarily involves working with people to understand and manage anxiety, low mood, stress and adjustment to health conditions.


My Values

Within my therapeutic practice, and in all areas of my life, I value compassion, understanding, warmth, empathy and openness. I believe that positive change can be brought about by understanding what keeps us stuck. This then enables us to more freely choose how to live a meaningful life that is guided by our values.  I will always work with what the client brings and keep communication open and honest, with the therapeutic relationship at the centre.  


Models I work with

In my practice I use a combination of compassion focused therapy (CFT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). CFT can be a useful overarching model in which to change how we relate to ourselves. In turn, this can make it easier to manage anxiety, low mood and stress using CBT and ACT approaches. This will depend on the needs and preferences of the client and will be discussed at the initial appointment.  


Clinic Information

I offer in-person or virtual appointments on Friday mornings. I work with people aged 13 years upwards.


Research Publications

Halsey, M., Hodgson, K., Russell, R., Campion, A., Machado, C., Beattie, R. & Batra, A. (2020). Emotional Wellbeing in Parents of Children on Home Parenteral Nutrition. Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 71(4), 557-562.

Knibb, R., Halsey, M., James, P., du Toit, G. & Young, J. (2019). Psychological Services for food allergy: The unmet need for patients and families in the United Kingdom. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 49(11), 1390-1394.

Bennett, R., O’Toole, S. & Halsey, M. (2013). A focus group: Psychosocial intervention for people with mild cognitive impairment on the Isle of Wight. Journal of Dementia Care, 21(3), 38.

Borsay, C., Halsey, M., & Critoph, A. (2013). Planning, facilitating and evaluating a bereavement group for adults with learning disabilities living in the community. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41(4), 266-272.

Professional Registration

Registered Practitioner, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)



Qualification date:

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Southampton


BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University



Relevant Training Experiences

Relevant Training Experience Date:

Compassion focused therapy for physical health problems


October 2022

Why wait till adulthood? The application of CFT with Children, Families & Young People workshop


December 2021


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma


August 2020


An Introduction to Theory & Practice of compassion focused therapy


June 2020


Edward Jenner programme. NHS leadership academy award in healthcare leadership foundations


June 2018


Medical Needs Inreach into Schools, Oxfordshire Hospital School

Jan 2018


Assessment and Treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Children: Practical Skills for Clinicians

Jan 2018


Clinical Supervisor Training, University of Southampton

June/July 2016

Narrative Tree of Life Training, UCL


June 2016


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT made simple. Russ Harris


August 2015


CBT: single session treatment for specific phobias


Feb 2015