Training and Professional Experience
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in both mental health and educational settings. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Practitioners Council (HCPC). I obtained my degree in Psychology from York University. I then studied criminology at Cambridge University, obtaining my Master’s Degree. I undertook the final part of my training at the Institute of Psychiatry, which is part of King’s College London, graduating with an MSc in Clinical Psychology in 1991.
I worked in the NHS for over 10 years, providing services to adults with mental health issues and substance misuse difficulties. I also worked in schools for 10 years, with pupils aged 11 and upwards, both therapeutically and in support of those with learning difficulties. I have worked as an independent practitioner for 8 years, most recently in Ashford in Kent.
Types of Therapy
I use evidence based models of therapy, rather than using just one method, based on what I assess that you need. Each person is different. That being said, I mainly use CBT (Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy) in my practice. You can read more about these techniques here.
Areas of Expertise
Substance misuse (alcohol and other drugs)
Anxiety and panic disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Adjustment difficulties (for example, redundancy or divorce)
Difficulties associated with childhood sexual or physical abuse
Low self-esteem and assertiveness