Why Choose a Clinical Psychologist?
Who Are We?
Clinical psychologists are health professionals trained to doctoral level. We deal with a wide range of mental health difficulties and use talking therapies to aid a return to normal functioning. We are unlike some other talking therapists in that we are subject to compulsory statutory regulation. Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ensures that high standards are met and maintained. This level of training means that we are able to draw upon a wide number of psychological models to ensure the best therapeutic approach that is tailored to each individual person's needs.
What Do We Do?
Clinical psychologists focus on helping you to deal with your current difficulties, which may be mental, emotional or behavioural. Most people are unaware of how their life experiences to date determine how they manage their daily lives. Patterns of behaviour and responses to situations tend to be repeated although they may be no longer helpful. Our aim is to empower you to deal with your difficulties in part through understanding how they have arisen and through developing new ways of addressing things in your life.
The range of psychological approaches I use include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Mindfulness based interventions.
Systemic/ family therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
I am currently undertaking specialist training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
More about me
I work both in the NHS and in private practice. My current NHS role as Principal Clinical Psychologist within a pain management service involves working with individuals with long term pain. In my private practice I work with adults presenting with a range of mental health difficulties. In the past I have worlked with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and also have a number of years' experience providing psychological support to doctors in training (through the West Midlands Deanery).
Before training to become a psychologist I worked as a physiotherapist both in the UK and Canada and specialised in pain management. This experience enables me to bring a thorough understanding of physical and mental health conditions to my work. I always work holistically, and consider the complexities of mind and body interactions.
I offer a tailored and individualised approach to treatment, which is guided by the individual and their experiences. This then informs the most appropriate intervention and therapeutic approach. As a clinical psychologist I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in which I have attained a Postgraduate Diploma. This means I am able to offer CBT as recommended by the National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE). I also have specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is recommended by NICE for the treatment of trauma.
I am currently undertaking additional specialist training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). This type of therapy comprises a set of powerful techniques to alleviate symptoms of emotional distress and to promote mental wellbeing in a rapid and cost-effective manner.
I believe strongly in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and work hard to create a safe and supportive environment in which those with whom I work can explore and resolve emotional difficulties.