About me:   I have been a qualified Clinical Psychologist for over ten years and have extensive experience of helping individuals and couples with a range of difficulties. My approach is focused and active and is based on current evidence within the field. My qualifications and experience enable the clients that I work with to feel confident that I can provide effective therapy in a skilful, warm and compassionate manner to help them to lead happier and more successful lives.

 What problems can I help with? I work with adolescents (16+), adults and couples.

These are some of the reasons that individuals might come to see me:

  • Depression/Unhappiness
  • Anxiety, Panic, Stress and Burnout
  • Obsessive behaviours (OCD)
  • Social anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Traumatic experiences and PTSD
  • Relationship and communication difficulties
  • Childhood events
  • Anger difficulties
  • Managing physical health difficulties (e.g. pain management)

Reasons why couples might come to see me:

  • Conflict and anger
  • Trust issues
  • Difficulties communicating or being understood
  • Anxiety or stress (e.g. money, work pressures)
  • A sense of growing apart
  • Infidelity
  • Where one or both members feel depressed
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Commitment decisions
  • Adjusting to change (e.g. health problems, retirement)
  • Differences in parenting styles

What therapies do I use?  As a Clinical Psychologist you can be assured that I have had extensive training in a variety of evidence-based therapies. This means that I can tailor the therapy, or combination of therapies, to best suit the client.

Therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based approaches
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Systemic/Family Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Treatment is often short term with general difficulties often being resolved within eight sessions.

What would happen in a session? It is important that you find a therapist that feels like a good ‘fit’ for you, and as a part of this I am very happy to talk on the telephone about your difficulties and my approach to help you decide if you would like to arrange an initial session.

In the first session we would talk in more detail about the kind of difficulties you have, what goals you may have for therapy, answer questions that you may have about therapy, and I would explain what kind of therapies we could use. If you decided to continue we would agree a timescale in which we review regularly to ensure that you are getting what you want and need from therapy.

During this process I am respectful of the potentially anxiety-provoking nature of talking about personal difficulties, and would tailor my approach to suit you. If you are finding it hard to talk I will ask more questions, and if you have a lot to say then I will listen more.

My Training and Qualifications:  I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree from Oxford University. I have had over eight years of rigorous training in a wide range of psychological theory, research and clinical practice in order to become an effective and skilled practitioner. I practice under professional codes of conduct and am registered with the following professional bodies:

  • Member of the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Expert Witness with the British Psychological Society

 

Fees and Clinic Times

Please contact me to discuss fees. I am also registered with a number of private healthcare providers, including Bupa, Aviva, AXA-PPP, Cigna, Vitality Health, WPA. If your provider is not listed, feel free to contact me as registration can generally be arranged within a week.

My clinic times are:

  • Monday:               Midday – 10pm
  • Wednesday:        10am – 1pm  5pm–10pm
  • Friday:                  8.00am-3pm
  • Sunday:                9am-3pm