Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Anxiety including; generalised anxiety, health anxiety, and social anxiety,
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I am an HCPC-registered clinical psychologist. I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. During training, I worked in a range of healthcare settings with people of different ages, from different backgrounds, who were experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. I developed a special interest in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) so, after qualifying as a clinical psychologist, I completed a postgraduate diploma in CBT while working with people with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Through my clinical work, I aim to support people who have had difficult or traumatic experiences, including serious health problems such as cancer, which have had a negative impact on their mental health. I offer space for people to talk about what has happened to them and how it has affected them, aim to help people make sense of their experiences, and encourage actions that can have a positive impact on mood and anxiety and help people to gain a greater sense of control over their lives.
I am also interested in conducting research that has the potential to benefit people who experience mental health problems. Prior to clinical training, I worked for a number of years as a researcher and completed a PhD in psychology, based on a mixed-methods study of the optimum model of service organisation for adolescents with eating disorders. I was awarded the annual Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award for this study by the journal in which it was published. Other examples of my research include a Q methodology study of viewpoints that might be associated with help-seeking among men with depression, a review and comparison of assessment measures for adolescents with eating disorders, and a qualitative study that used focus groups to explore the experiences and needs of siblings of young people with anorexia nervosa so that they could be better understood and addressed by services.
After more than a decade living and working in London, I am now very happy to call Brighton and Hove my home. My great loves include music, dogs, reading, comedy series and being out in nature.