I am chartered by, and am an Associate Fellow of, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
My qualifications are:
Post Grad Dip. Psychology Thames Valley University
MSc. Counselling Psychology, City University
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Psych. D.), City University
I have a strong commitment to evidence based therapies and am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I have considerable experience as a Principle Counselling Psychologist in adult mental health, both in NHS primary and secondary care settings. More recently I have worked in a personality disorder service delivering intensive treatment using DBT.
My areas of special interest and experience include anxiety, depression, difficulties with self-esteem and personality disorders. I have extensive experience working with clients with more longstanding difficulties and am particularly interested in the role of shame in the context of psychological distress.
Before qualifying in counselling psychology, I worked for a number of years in business. This has given me a broader perspective on the challenges faced by many of my clients; the striving, the pressure to be and do better, often with less resource.
My aim is to work collaboratively with clients in order to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties, identify and use strengths, learn new skills where needed and cultivate the conditions for resilience and courage in order to live wholeheartedly.
I work in private practice and am a guest lecturer for several universities in the home counties. I am currently designing a program of skills for secondary schools to help students become their best self.