I am a compassionate attentive Clinical Psychologist with 14 years treating people who are experiencing psychological distress. I specialise in general adult psychological difficulties and perinatal mental health. Perhaps you are worrying, feeling unhappy or disconnected from others. Maybe you wonder if you have depression, anxiety or PTSD. Perhaps you are contemplating parenthood or already pregnant or parenting, but struggling with aspects of the journey, have birth trauma or have lost a baby.
I draw on evidence-based therapies, providing an individualised treatment plan towards recovery. Clinical psychologists integrate clinical knowledge, science and theory to understand and treat patients. The doctorate qualification is highly regulated and requires clinicians to be competent in a minimum of three types of therapy. This means I can choose the right approach for you.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has a considerable evidence base, and is influential in my work. I am also trained in EMDR (an effective trauma treatment). I also draw on psychodynamic theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy. I have a particular interest in attachment theory, and believe that understanding our own early relationships can help promote change. The treatment approach taken will be decided by your individual formulation along with the evidence base. Clinical Psychologists are also aware that successful treatment is consistently linked to the relationship between themselves and their patient. With this in mind it is important that I help you feel safe and contained, and I promise to be fully present with you throughout our work together.
Finding the right therapist can feel difficult. Please contact me to arrange an informal conversation. There is also more information about me, and psychological therapy in general, on my website www.betterbeginnings.co.uk
What to expect when you contact me?
I aim to respond to voicemails and e-mails within 48 working hours. We will have an initial free telephone consultation, where I will ask you about what you are looking for help with and arrange an initial assessment appointment. During this appointment we will talk about your current situation, and aspects of your history, to develop a plan for therapy. If you decide that you would like to work with me, we will arrange a series of 50 minute appointments.
Online appointments are also available.
Training and qualifications
I qualified with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from University College London. My career history includes ten years working in a busy NHS adult psychology service treating adults with a range of difficulties (including trauma, low mood and sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, worry, obsessive thoughts or behaviours, relationship difficulties, self-harm, and erratic changeable moods). I then moved on to establish an NHS perinatal psychology service.
I am a published author in psychological research and have lectured at the University of Essex.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy), University College London (2006)
MSc (Distinction) in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (2001)
BSc Honours (First Class) in Social Psychology, Loughborough University (2000)
Post qualification training
Treating Patients with Complex PTSD. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
EMDR training – Sandi Richman Training
Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills: Stanton Psychological Services
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Stanton Psychological Services
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Skills Group Training
Perinatal Mental Health: The National Training Course. Maternal Mental Health Alliance.
Principles and Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Anna Freud Centre.
International Training School for Infancy and Early Years: Parental Mental Illness. Anna Freud Centre.
Infant Mental Health Online. Warwick University.
The foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. British Psychotherapy Foundation.
Video Interaction Guidance: Introductory Training. Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK.https://www.videointeractionguidance.net/aboutvigI qualified with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from University College London.
I offer an initial free telephone consultation to help us both decide whether an assessment appointment would be beneficial.
Fees are as follows:
Therapy sessions (50 minutes) £110
Other meetings, consultation, report writing all charged at £110 per 50 minutes.
Any brief telephone/text/email contact between sessions is not charged
Fees include reflective time, assessment tools/measures, scoring of questionnaires, copying handouts, writing notes and preparing materials for sessions.
I see people who choose to self-fund and am also registered with all major health insurance companies, including Bupa, Axa PPP, WPA, Helix, Cigna and Vitality.