Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton
MSc Health Psychology, University College London
BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Reading
Registration and Professional Membership
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This approach is about teaching you psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively, in such a way that they have less impact on you. It helps you to clarify what is truly important to you then uses that knowledge to guide you to change your life for the better. I use this approach to enrich my life and do what matters to me and would therefore recommend this therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR): As an accredited EMDR therapist I frequently use EMDR which has been demonstrated to be very effective in a wide range of conditions, particularly trauma. EMDR can help unlock difficult past memories helping you recover from them by using the brain's ability to heal itself. I ensure a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship is developed and will consider stability, support and timing in the way I offer trauma focused therapy.
Schema Focussed Therapy (SFT): This approach can help you learn about your feelings, needs and thoughts, it will look at your childhood experiences and their impact on the present. It will then help provide you with healthy coping skills to better manage distress, and ultimately live a happier life where your needs are being better met.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): I have offered a full DBT approach as part of a larger team when working in the NHS, however, I do sometimes use a DBT informed approach to help manage risk, build skills in regulating emotions, tolerating distress and building assertiveness.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): I use this approach due to its strong evidence base for successful treatment of a wide range of problems. The focus is on your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that impact on your feelings and behaviour. If we make changes in any of these areas it can have a ripple effect and so start to break the ‘vicious cycles' we can get into that lead to difficulties such as anxiety and depression. It is an empowering therapy in that it teaches you to become your own ‘therapist' so you feel more able to maintain any progress made during your time in therapy.
Specialist Training courses I have attended
ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Advanced Workshop
Dr Russ Harris; Contextual Consulting
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshop. Provided by Dr Sue Clark; Dr Helen Bolderston; Bournemouth University
ACT for Psychosis, Joe Oliver; Solent University, Southampton (BABCP, southern branch)
Autism: The Developmental, Diagnostic and Dimensional Interview (3Di): assessing autistic traits; Institute of Child Health, University College London
Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2); BeginningwithA: Autism Consultancy and Training
Asperger's syndrome and CBT; University of Southampton
CAT: Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, CAT North West
CBT: Simplifying Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Personality Disorders: A NEW Paradigm, Christine Padesky; University of London, Institute of Education
DBT: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training, Dr Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley; Southern Health NHS Trust
Mindfulness: Mindfulness for DBT practitioners, Dr Hannah Wilson
Risk: HCR-20 Version 3 training, Dr Kirsty Forsyth and Dr Rachel Smith; Adult Mental Health Directorate, Solent NHS trust
Schema Therapy and attachment training: Schema Therapy, Arnie Reed, Chris Hayes & Lisa Anthis; Schema Therapy Workshops. I am currently on the certification programme.
Group Schema Therapy, Dr Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw; Schema Therapy Workshops
Strengthening the bonds of attachment, Child and adolescent mental health services, Portsmouth
Supervision: Improving the effectiveness of Supervision, University of Southampton
Effective Supervisory Relationships: Research and Practice, University of Southampton
Trauma focussed training: Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR); EMDR Europe. Levels 1-4; Europe Accredited Training. EMDR Workshops. Accredited EMDR Therapist
Treating PTSD in DBT with High Risk BPD Clients, Melanie Harned; Behavioural Tech
Regardless of the model I practice from, I ensure that at all times I am genuine, warm and accepting. I view the therapeutic relationship as vital and will pay attention to how we relate to each other as well as the difficulties brought to the sessions. I have worked with numerous issues with varying complexities (e.g. Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Personality disorders, Relationship issues, Addictions, Fatigue, low self esteem etc). However, I see myself more as working with a person as a whole rather than stepping in as an ‘expert' in specific problems.
I tailor therapy based on each person's unique needs and goals. Sometimes I draw upon elements of different theoretical orientations, at other times I use one clear therapy model to guide the therapy. We would work together to decide the direction of therapy.
When someone gets in touch, if they feel ok to talk over the phone; we arrange to speak and find out a little more about each other before they commit to an assessment.
Although I prefer to offer therapy in person, I know this is not always easy for people and I try to be flexible, so I do sometimes offer sessions over Skype or phone.
Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.
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If you would like to proceed following an initial phone consultation, you will be invited in for an assessment session which lasts around an hour and a half. Subsequent sessions are an hour long. Charges can be discussed with our friendly administrative team.