I have worked in NHS mental health services since 1999. My training covered the life span from children to older adults, but I have specialised in working with children, adolescents, parents and families. I currently work within an NHS community child and adolescent mental health team working with children from 0-18, their parents and families. Over the years I have worked within a variety of services including a specialist adolescent team, within a GP practice and with children in care. I also have extensive experience of supervising psychology and non-psychology colleagues. I can help with a range of common emotional difficulties in young people up to the age of 25 including challenges in parenting (including adopted children), behaviour problems, attachment difficulties, anxiety disorders including social anxiety, OCD, panic, fears, separation anxiety and phobias, PTSD, issues affecting school attendance, low mood, body image concerns, the impact of trauma, abuse or neglect, low self-esteem and self-harm.
For me therapy is a team effort approached collaboratively, and I will work with you towards a shared understanding of your difficulties within a warm and respectful environment. I can offer different perspectives on possible ways forward, whilst being alongside you, and I want to give you the confidence to achieve the kind of life that you want. I am passionate about helping young people and families live valued and fulfilled lives. I work within best practice guidelines, but will tailor my approach to fit with your individual needs.
The models I work with
I have further training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) both for young people and adults and Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDP). I also use mindfulness based approaches, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and incorporate elements of compassion focused therapy. I can use models in their pure form, or adapt my approach to draw on a variety of different models to suit you. Having an integrative approach is a common way of working for Clinical Psychologists.
Training and Qualifications
• EMDR, EMDR Association, September 2020
• Dyadic Developmental Therapy Level 1, Psychology Associates, 2018
• Enhanced Supervision Training, University of Reading, 2016
• Mindfulness for Children and Families, Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, 2014
• Families Learning about Self-harm (FLASH), Ministry of Parenting, 2014.
• Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills, Stanton Psychological Services, 2013
• DBT Intensive Training, British Isles DBT Training, 2009
• CAT Practitioner Training, ACAT, 2006
• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), University of Southampton, 1999
• BA in European Social Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1994
Registered Practitioner, Health Professions Council (HCPC): PYL20651
British Psychological Society