I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 25 years experience working in the NHS in secondary care adult mental health services. I am experienced in providing psychological therapy for individuals who are perhaps seeking help for the first time but also for individuals with more enduring mental health difficulties who may have tried a number of previous therapies. I have also worked in New Zealand in a hospital setting providing support for individuals and families who were dealing with life changing physical health difficulties plus additional input into the older adults community mental health services providing assessments and therapy.
In addition to my direct clinical work, I have also worked for Exeter University as a Clinical and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Programme with a special interest in Clinical Supervision.
Central to my clinical work is developing a shared psychological understanding/formulation which in turn will inform the most appropriate intervention personalised to each individual and their specific circumstances.
As an integrative therapist I draw on a range of therapy approaches with a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am informed by and will draw on a number of other approaches which in varying degrees I may combine with the ACT work including (though not exhaustively) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Schema Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy & Mindfulness work.
I understand that for many people when first coming to therapy there will be feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. I will pay close attention to any concerns you might have and will explain carefully how I work and will encourage you to share with me anything you feel anxious or unsure about.
In my experience the most successful outcomes from therapy are realised when there is a close therapeutic relationship characterised by feelings of security and trust both in terms of the process and your therapist. As a psychologist I will work hard to understand and help you make sense of the difficulties you are experiencing, and to be authentic and open in my practice. The overall aim of therapy will be to help you to develop a clearer understanding of how best to support yourself with the emotional and psychological challenges you are currently facing and on completion of the work to have an internalised sense of task on how to maintain well being and mental health in the future.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS Division of Clinical Psychology) and have professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which is the regulatory body for Practitioner Psychologists. A requirement of my professional registration with HCPC is that I undertake regular continuing professional development to ensure safe and effective practise.
My fees are currently £110 per session.
Registered with Health Insurance Providers; BUPA / AXA HEALTH / AVIVA / WPA / CIGNA