I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have worked with a diverse range of client difficulties across a variety of contexts. My therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity, recognising that the way people understand themselves and others is through their social upbringing and personal experiences and that they develop coping strategies based on these.
I first develop a shared understanding of the presenting problems, including a client’s personal strengths and values. My therapeutic approach is informed by Compassion Focused Therapy, as well as, where appropriate, the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (both ‘traditional’ and ‘3rd wave’ approaches, such as mindfulness). I will always adapt techniques based on a client’s needs.
My areas of interest include working with adults with problems with anxiety, feeling low, self-criticism, and longer-standing difficulties.
I currently work in private practice as an Associate with Balanced Minds, an organisation based in London which specifically focuses on providing CFT, and with Leathes Psychology, a practice in Reading, Berkshire. Alongside these roles, I work in the NHS, working with adults with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL33644), BPS Chartered Member (406744)
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I have attended the CFT Introductory & Advanced Clinical Skills Workshop with the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and regularly use CFT ideas in my clinical practice. My doctoral research also focused on developing a pilot intervention based on CFT for self-critical students.