A fundamental element of therapy is forming a good relationship with my clients, making them feel comfortable and listened to. My approach is warm and friendly, with a non judgemental and curious attitude. I aim to develop a shared understanding of the concerns and agree an effective treatment plan to meet my client’s goals. I tailor the intervention to suit the individual, using evidence- based treatments. I will continuously monitor the outcome to ensure progress and adapt the plan to suit each person’s needs.
Qualifications and Experience
Having completed my Psychology degree at Manchester University in 1998, I worked for the Royal Free Hospital, Department of Primary Care, researching methods to support children with learning difficulties. I was also a counsellor in the hospital's sexual health department. I completed my Psychology Doctorate at the Royal Holloway University in 2004, specialising in working at a psychiatric inpatient unit for adolescents. My PhD dissertation explored the mental health ramifications for women with cancer. This led me to volunteer as a bereavement counsellor, working with individuals who had lost loved ones to a range of illnesses. After qualifying, I went on to work for a multi-disciplinary child and adolescent mental health team for 14 years within the NHS. As part of this role, I joined a systemic family therapy team. I have offered training in child mental health to students at both the Royal Holloway and Hertfordshire University.
In 2006, I established my own private practice, working with various medical providers and insurance companies. I regularly complete expert witness assessments and reports for legal cases. I offer supervision to other Clinical Psychologists and mental health professionals across a range of settings. In recent years, I have also specialised in treating elite athletes, including members of the British Olympic Team and also an English Professional Rugby Union Club.
I have developed skills in working with people of all ages, from different cultures and with a range of presenting problems. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am registered with the HCPC. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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