I started working in mental health in 2004 and have worked in a range of services, such as forensic secure services, community mental health teams, acute services, and services for those diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and those struggling to cope with bereavement.
My interests are in helping those struggling with mental health difficulties to find a path to a place where they can feel more comfortable within themselves and potentially with others around them.
Currently, I work full-time in Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) within a service delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mentalization-Based Therapy. These are treatments evidence-based for those with complex personality difficulties. Prior to this I worked in acute services within Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) providing therapy and consultation for a range of acute mental health needs.
BSc Psychology (Lancaster University), MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL), and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Exeter)
have received further training in many areas such as, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). In addition, to this I have been trained in many modes of therapy, from CBT, CAT, systemic, psychodynamic and can adapt my approach to support your needs and requirements.
Memberships and Affiliations:Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Membership of Clinical Psychology Division)Registered with the Health and Care Professions CouncilMember of Society for Dialectical Behaviour TherapyMember of EMDR Association UK and Ireland
Therapy sessions usually last one hour, and take place weekly. However, if someone wants therapy to take place less frequently, this can also be explored. The first 1-2 sessions involve an assessment of the individual's difficulties, after which we come to a 'formulation' or agreed understanding of the problem. At this point, the client and myself make collaborative decisions about the best way forward in terms of therapy and the number of sessions this may take. It may be that the client wants to take time to consider their options, or they may decide to begin therapy.