About Me

I am a compassionate, attentive clinical psychologist with over 17 years experience helping people struggling with a range of problems, including depression, anxiety and trauma. I work hard to help people make sense of their distress, drawing on different therapeutic approaches flexibly, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and EMDR (a highly effective approach for treating trauma). I have a particular interest in attachment theory, and and find that helping people understand their own early relationships can be important.

I gained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College, London in 2006, following which I spent ten years working in a busy NHS psychology service treating people presenting with a wide range of difficulties. I then moved on to specialise in perinatal psychology, spending almost three years setting up an NHS service. Better Beginnings psychology service grew from a desire to provide timely interventions for people who are distressed, where I can draw on all my experience to help people feel better. In my own personal life I draw much from (trying) to being present in any given moment. This value translates into my clinical work where I make a promise to be fully present and available to you in the time we spend together.

I am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a member of the BPS Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.

Qualifications

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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