I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds, I have gained invaluable experience helping people with a wide range of psychological difficulties. I am therefore pleased to be able to offer effective psychological therapy for a number of mental health difficulties including:
Anxiety (phobias, health, panic, OCD, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder)
Functional neurological disorders
Grief and Bereavement
Low self-esteem, shame, self-criticism
Psychosis (post natal,
Stress & worry
My current role within an NHS Recovery Support Team involves working with people who have complex histories and severe and chronic mental health problems such as personality disorders, psychosis, eating disorders and complex trauma. My understanding of various mental health difficulties has been consolidated throughout my career working in various child and adult primary, secondary and tertiary care services, during which time I have had the privilege of witnessing many people on their journey of mental health recovery. As a result I have truly come to respect the importance of incorporating evidence based interventions which are uniquely tailored to suit an individual’s needs, level of psychological understanding and preparedness to create change given their individual ability and impact of their wider system upon them.
Of paramount importance in my practice is the maximisation of effective communication to help establish a good rapport. When this is established my clients have reported feeling relaxed and comfortable, in turn naturally make therapeutic gains. I strive to work creatively with any barriers to communication and will label, discuss and reflect on subtle issues that may naturally arise in the therapeutic alliance. Overtly, I work creatively and spontaneously to help engage children and understand the importance of fashioning a relaxed atmosphere with teenagers and young adults. I have extensive experience of working with interpreters to help facilitate therapy with clients from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and Deaf adults and children. I am therefore happy to incorporate innovative, flexible and meaningful approaches to enhance engagement.
Whilst individual therapy may be viewed as a process traditionally only involving the client and therapist, I often offer opportunities for clients to bring along a person who is important or close to them at some point in therapy. This is certainly not mandatory however it can be a useful way of enhancing the therapeutic gains made. I also offer therapy to couples experiencing relationship difficulties and have an interest in supporting new parents in adapting to the challenges that parenthood can bring.
I predominantly use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as the main model of treatment whilst incorporating third wave CBT treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy (CFT). Underpinning my work with clients are positive psychology and solution focussed frameworks. For single event and multiple traumas I use either trauma focussed CBT, narrative exposure therapy (NET) or EMDR and am happy to use EMDR to treat a variety of presentations in line with the emerging evidence base.
I appreciate that it’s not easy talking about personal issues and difficulties so I strive to offer treatment that is tailored to incorporate a person’s belief system, including cultural, spiritual, religious or ethical beliefs. The aim is to help make your therapeutic experience a meaningful one.