I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist, with a passion for working with children and young people. I began working in the NHS in 1998, and this set me on the path to training as a Clinical Psychologist. I achieved my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004, and took up a full-time post in an NHS child and adolescent mental health service. In 2014, I began to offer weekend clinics to young people referred through the private healthcare system and, in the summer of 2017, I left the NHS to offer a full-time independent psychology practice.
I have skills in assessment and treatment of a broad range of mental health difficulties, teaching and training, consultation, supervision, and research. I describe myself as an integrative therapist, as my training and experience has equipped me with skills drawn from a range of therapeutic models (behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic). Throughout my work, my underlying principle is to be flexible and creative, and to work with the needs and capabilities of each individual. I enjoy working in a job where each day can be both challenging and rewarding, and find it very humbling to be a part of a client’s journey towards recovery.
Anxiety disorders are my area of special clinical interest – I enjoy offering therapeutic work to this client group, as well as teaching and training to parent or professional groups. I also enjoy working with individuals who have autistic spectrum disorders, and providing neuropsychological assessments for children and young people (something I hope to offer in the not-too-distant future).
Outside of work I enjoy the simple pleasures in life, including pets, gardening, cross-stitching, and (most importantly) a cup of tea and a slice of chocolate cake.