ABOUT ME

Forest Path

I have worked in the NHS for more than 18 years, including over 12 years working as part of specialist mental health services in Hampshire and London.  I have worked with many clients from all age-groups and from a diverse range of backgrounds experiencing a variety of mental health problems and psychological difficulties.

 

I have specialised therapy skills, including post-qualification intensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open DBT (RO DBT).  Through my affiliation with the BABCP, Society for DBT, Radically Open Ltd., HCPC and BPS, you can be confident in the reliability and validity of my qualifications and professional status, as well as my conduct and credibility as a competent and effective Clinical Psychologist.

I'm a highly experienced clinician with specialist skills in delivering evidence-based psychological interventions recommended by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) to clients from adolescence through to adulthood struggling with various psychological difficulties and mental health problems, including:              

  • Depression & low mood            


  • Anxiety Disorders:  Phobias, Social Anxiety, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks, & Health Anxiety

  • Chronic Worry

  • Low Self-Esteem, Poor Self-Worth & Low Self-Confidence              

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Anger & Impulse Control Problems            

  • Long-standing unhelpful patterns of behaviour, including rigid and over-controlled styles of coping

  • Personality Difficulties

  • Deliberate Self-Harm

My Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology (1999-2002): University of Southampton

  • MSc Health Psychology (2002-2004): University of Southampton

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2005-2009): University of Southampton

  • PG Certificate in Mental Health Recovery & Social Inclusion (2013-2014): University of Hertfordshire

  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Teaching & Learning (2016-2019): Royal Holloway University of London

My Values

I'm driven by the positive results I've observed in my clients as they progress through therapy, overcoming their problems, developing new skills, and building a life that they want to live.  Many clients come to see me after struggling for years with their problems with little or no support, either as a result of being socially isolated or due to them keeping their problems hidden from family and friends.  I find it enormously rewarding to help clients understand their difficulties within the context of their history, identifying their existing skills and establishing positive routes out of their suffering.  

 

I have a personable style, being friendly but also compassionate and professional.  It is often reported that the therapeutic relationship is as important as the type of therapy that is offered; I value the significance of the relationship I have with my clients, and my warmth, honesty and understanding help me to foster these connections.  I have a relaxed and welcoming manner which makes clients feel understood, respected, and at ease throughout the course of therapy.  I believe that it's essential to provide a discrete, trusting, and confidential environment, so I prioritise these factors to help clients feel safe, supported, and validated.

 

Therapy isn't necessarily an easy process, and the decision to acknowledge problems and begin to work on them is often painful.  I value the commitment that clients make to work on understanding and managing their difficulties.  I recognise the courage and honesty that clients demonstrate by coming to therapy and their willingness to be vulnerable during the different stages of therapy.  To respect this willingness, and as an indication of the professional commitment that I make to my clients, I act with integrity, trustworthiness and reliability at all times.