I have worked in mental health care since 2001, when I joined the NHS as an Occupational Therapist at the ripe old age of 39. Prior to this I had a career in educational administration, working in various parts of the country before settling in Norfolk.
In 2005 I started my training and practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and in 2006, also registered for a qualification in systemic practice/ family therapy. Somehow, I managed to complete both qualifications and I am now fully accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. My systemic training has been enormously useful to me in my practice and I continue to draw on these strategies within my clinical practice.
I established my own practice in 2009 and have worked independently alongside my NHS employment since that time. My NHS roles have included working within an acute hospital setting, supporting young people with diabetes, and as a therapist within an adult recovery team, supporting adults with long-term mental health problems in the community. My private practice is varied and includes work at an inpatient eating disorders unit, individual therapy with children and young people, and individual therapy for adults. I have a particular interest in evolving developments in cognitive therapy such as mindfulness based techniques, compassion focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.