My career started by building a solid foundation of clinical skills working in a NHS psychology service, treating adults presenting with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression and OCD. Increasingly I came to understand that these problems were often rooted in traumatic experiences such as abuse, loss, or difficult early relationships.
I moved onto specialise in perinatal mental health (helping people with issues as they present around conception, birth and parenting). I found I had a particular capacity for helping people through this transition, which might include containing people through the grief of repeated miscarriages or still birth, trauma focussed work with people whose birth experience has left them feeling fragmented, or helping people recover from depression and reconnect with their baby. Therapy can be transformational in this period, and I can get quite passionate about the importance of parental emotional wellbeing (although I can usually be quietened down with a cup of tea!)
I founded this independent psychology service because I wanted to work with people straight-away when they felt ready to seek support, not after they had spent a year on a waiting list.
Alongside being a therapist, I am also a published author and have lectured on perinatal mental health. I am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and chartered with the British Psychological Society.
I promise to be present and available to you in the time we spend together. I may be a psychologist but above all I am human.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy), University College London (2006)
MSc (Distinction) in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (2001)
BSc Honours (First Class) in Social Psychology, Loughborough University (2000)
Post qualification training
Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) training – Sandi Richman Training
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety and Depression – Psychwire
Treating Patients with Complex PTSD – Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Survivors of Childhood Trauma – Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills – Stanton Psychological Services
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Stanton Psychological Services
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Skills Group Training
Principles and Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy – Anna Freud Centre.
International Training School for Infancy and Early Years: Parental Mental Illness – Anna Freud Centre.
Infant Mental Health Online – Warwick University.
The foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice – British Psychotherapy Foundation.
Video Interaction Guidance: Introductory Training – Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK. https://www.videointeractionguidance.net/aboutvig
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