I am a Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Practitioner Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the NHS and in private practice. Most of my working life has been spent providing assessment and psychological therapy to individuals, couples or groups of people from young adulthood upwards.
I am interested in a wide range of psychological conditions and symptoms and have particular experience in working with people experiencing emotional distress in relation to trauma (both single incident and complex, relational trauma). For many years, I worked with people who had substance misuse difficulties and those who had experienced abuse in childhood. I am interested in how what happens inside us psychologically, influences our health, wellbeing and relationships. Fundamentally, whatever concerns you are presenting with, my aim would be to help you towards a freer, more authentic emotional life; experience greater resilience and feel less overwhelmed by your difficulties.
Because my training has been diverse, I draw on a range of therapeutic models. I have experience and training in working psycho-dynamically, both long term and short term (specifically Experiential Dynamic Therapy: EDT) as well as in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT). I am trained and fully accredited in EMDR, and have been practicing EMDR since 2002.
Treatment might be open-ended or limited to a specific number of sessions. Most people are seen weekly but other contact arrangements can be made. I am happy to provide one-off consultations, short term or ad hoc sessions if this is appropriate. An initial assessment meeting would allow us to explore the type of interventions which might be of most benefit. If you would like to discuss the possibility of working together please contact me to discuss.
I have experience of working with families who are undergoing major life events such as bereavement or adoption or where a loved one is undergoing mental health difficulties and advice and support is required.
Consultation, Supervision and Training
I am an experienced supervisor and trainer and am happy to be approached about particular projects or support needs.
Medico-legal work and Employment Assistance
I have many years of experience in providing assessments and treatment in relation to legal matters, insurance claims and compensation claims, industrial injury and work-related stress. I have undertaken training in providing expert reports. Please contact me to discuss specific requirements.
Practicalities and Contact Details:
My practice is based in Stroud , Gloucestershire. In exceptional circumstances I am able to consider home visits or sessions in other parts of Gloucestershire or in Bristol.
I am registered with most major insurance providers (including BUPA) and work with people who are funded by insurance companies, charities, local authorities etc. as well as those who self fund.
2016 - EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (EMDR Association UK & Ireland).
2013 - I am currently undergoing accredited (I-EDTA) core training in Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT).
2009 - MA Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tavistock Centre London, Essex University.
1994 - Diploma in Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society.
1988 - Psychology BSc (Hons), Human Psychology, University of Aston, Birmingham.
Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), British Psychological Society.
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).
Chartered Psychologist Status Achieved (CPsychol), British Psychological Society.
Registered practice supervisor, British Psychological Society.
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC: Accredited Practitioner Psychologist).