• Individuals • Families • Specialist Autism Support
Currently offering on line sessions during Covid 19
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – DClinPsy
BSc Hons. Psychology
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist
NHS Principal Clinical Psychologist
About me: I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years NHS experience where I treat a wide range of difficulties and supervise a small team of therapists. I am trained in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, depression, stress and many other problems. I have interests in Schema Focused Therapy, mindfulness based approaches and strengths based CBT. I use approaches as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and my clients can be assured that the therapy chosen will be the best fit for their particular problem.
I have additional specialist skills in working with families. As a mother of two children myself, I fully appreciate that being a parent can be hugely rewarding – but is at times the most difficult job you will ever do! My goal is to share your goals and use my experience to support you and your family to a more manageable family life whatever problems you may be facing.
In the NHS, I support parents of adult children with autism and learning disabilities who may have behaviour that is very challenging. As a professional with many years experience in managing challenging behaviour – no situation is too difficult to address or without hope!
Using an approach called Positive Behaviour Support to reduce difficult or challenging behaviours with positive strategies. I help families to build an understanding of the problem, to understand what function the behaviour may serve. We then work together to develop a plan of action based on this. We initially work with proactive strategies- strategies that hopefully prevent the behaviours occurring in the first place. We also look at developing reactive strategies – a plan of what to do after the behaviours occur. This is the approach now adopted by most leading national organisations.
Specialist Autism Support:
I am able to adapt therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for those who may have learning difficulties, learning disabilities or autism. I am trained in the ‘gold standard’ diagnostic assessments for autism in both adults and children (over the age of 30 months).
First Steps: The first step is the hardest on your journey to a brighter future – picking up the phone. Once you have made the decision most people don’t want to wait. I am able to offer a free initial telephone consultation same day. You can call or email to say that you are looking for a psychologist/ therapist and I will get in touch to arrange a time for us to talk.
What happens next: I offer a free initial 20 minute consultation. I’ll give you a call at a time that is convenient when you can privately discuss your concerns. I usually start by asking you about the difficulty you may be experiencing, be that anxiety, depression, OCD, parenting concerns or general worries about your child. Sometimes clients just have a general sense that something isn’t right. I am there to help. Together we can come to an understanding about what the issues are and what is most likely to help. This is your ‘treatment plan’. We can discuss how many sessions we might need to get you to where you want to be. For anxiety and depression for example, this is usually 8-12 sessions but sometimes more if the issues are more complex. Availability: We can discuss a convenient time for us to meet. I am able to offer weekend and evening appointments as needed so that you can fit therapy around your usual commitments.