I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working privately, seeing clients from across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and as far afield as the Caribbean. I am also an Associate Clinical Tutor at Royal Holloway, University of London. I worked for the NHS for 15 years. I have also worked for The Priory Hospital and with voluntary organisations providing group and individual sessions.
After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I undertook further specialist therapy training, for example EMDR and DBT training, to increase the number of effective therapy approaches I am able to offer my clients and draw upon in treatment.
My doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist, alongside the additional specialist training I have undertaken, means that I can draw from a number of different psychological therapy models to help you make sense of your difficulties and choose the approach, or combination of approaches, that is most likely to benefit you.
I am committed to helping you find a way to overcome your difficulties, learn ways of coping, and live a fulfilling life, using evidence-based therapy approaches.
Professional Qualifications and Training
After achieving my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I went on to train further in the field of trauma and I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
In addition, I have undertaken specialist training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills and the use of CBT with specialist/more complex issues, such as trauma/abuse in childhood and domestic violence.
I hold a BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
My doctoral research on goal-setting and positive psychology was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and I have a further publication on the area of motivational interviewing in the journal Addiction (under my previous surname).
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of EMDR-UK and Ireland. I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am a registered provider with many health insurance companies, including BUPA, WPA, Vitality, Cigna, AxaPPP / Simply Health, HTH/ GeoBlue and Aviva, and I can accept patients with cover from other companies such as Allianz and General & Medical.
Choosing a Psychologist/ Therapist / Counsellor
There are a wide range of therapies and counselling approaches offered by different practitioners, both in the NHS and privately. This can make it somewhat confusing when it comes to choosing a professional to help you overcome the difficulties you are experiencing. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is an organisation that produces guidance for the NHS and private practitioners on effective treatments for different issues.
The link below provides a helpful summary for you to become informed about effective treatments, and choose the type of therapist and therapy that is most likely to help you. You can see all the NICE guidance here or for an easy-to-view summary, see here.