DClinPsy, BSc (Hons) in Psychology
A Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years experience working within a range of mental health services. I work with adults and young adults (aged 16 or over).
Dealing with a mental health issue can be a frightening, lonely and stigmatising experience. It is common, when facing difficulties, to think you’re the only one, that no one can possibly understand, or that you don’t know where to turn for help. You might be looking for understanding – an answer to the question of “why?” or even “why me?”.
Difficulties with our mental health can have a significant impact on daily life. Suddenly, everyday tasks can seem like climbing Everest and activities you used to be able to do with ease are now daunting or you may have stopped altogether. People often come to see me for reasons just like these; you are not alone and things can change. By working together, we will gain a better understanding of your distress and build skills and strategies to cope with your specific difficulties.
Whilst I offer a range of evidence-based therapies (see below for details), my work is always tailored to the particular needs of the individual. In order to benefit most from psychological therapy, I believe a clear focus to our sessions is central. I therefore encourage those with whom I work to identify aims and goals to ensure our work together is as useful as possible. For any therapy to be effective, a strong therapeutic relationship built on empathy, warmth, collaboration and trust is paramount. This is central to my working ethos.
I have over seventeen years of experience working within a range of mental health services. In addition to my private practice I am currently employed in the NHS as a Principal Clinical Psychologist, working with adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Within this role I also supervise qualified Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, as well as consulting to wider mental health professional colleagues.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to work in a number of different talking therapies. My profession emphasises scientifically-oriented yet compassionate working. Therefore, my practice is always informed by the most up-to-date research and evidence-base, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. In line with this, my primary model of working is within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). However, I also have extensive experience in using “third wave” Cognitive Therapies including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Compassion Focussed Therapy. I have also completed full training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and have a particular interest in working with trauma. CBT is based on the principle that psychological distress results from unhelpful, negative patterns of thinking. This in turn generates difficult emotions as well as often counter-productive forms of coping (behaviour). CBT seeks to identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour cycles, as well as develop more useful ways of managing. It is a psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective for a wide range of mental-health problems. CBT is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for anxiety disorders and depression.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
EMDR is a therapy used to treat a range of psychological difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as direct or indirect experiences of violence or accidents. EMDR is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The goal of EMDR therapy is to properly process traumatic memories, reducing their impact and helping the person to develop coping mechanisms. This requires a person to recall distressing events while receiving bilateral sensory input, which typically involves side to side eye movements. EMDR is not considered a form of hypnosis. You remain fully conscious and aware at all times during the therapy and have total control over what is happening.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT is also based on the theory that unhelpful thought patterns lead to psychological distress. However, it differs from more “traditional” CBT in its focus and techniques. MBCT was originally designed specifically to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression. Whilst it is recommended (by NICE guidelines) for preventing further relapse of depression, it has also been shown to be helpful for a range of anxiety difficulties, as well as coping with physical difficulties such as chronic pain.
Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)
MCT focusses on addressing particular patterns of thinking that are thought to lead to the maintenance and worsening of emotional suffering. This includes thinking and attention that become fixed in patterns of brooding and dwelling (such as spending long periods thinking over past regrets or worrying excessively about the future). MCT has been shown to be most useful for depression and a range of anxiety disorders.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a treatment intended specifically for individuals with self-harm behaviours. Many (but by no means all) people with these behaviours meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Difficulties with managing very intense emotions are central to BPD. In DBT you learn how to control your emotions, first by recognising and accepting them and then by working to reduce their intensity and to settle them.
Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
CFT aims to teach us to understand our minds better and cultivate them so that our unpleasant emotions are easier to manage, and our positive and pleasant emotions are easier to generate. The approach helps people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion for both self and others. This therapy is particularly useful for those who experience specific difficulties with shame and self-criticism.
Types of Clients
I work with adults and young adults (aged 16 or over).
I am experienced in treating a wide range of mental health and psychological conditions, including but not limited to:
If you’re looking for help with issues not listed above, please do get in touch as I may still be able to help.
Memberships & Accreditations
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