I am a chartered clinical psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families where they are facing a range of difficulties. I also work with adults and couples, as well as offering supervision to professionals, and consultation and training to organisations. With more than 30 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist in a number of different settings, I have worked extensively with a variety of issues and challenges impacting on people’s lives and relationships.
I believe in the capacity of individuals, couples and families to utilise the strengths and resources they have with the support and expertise of someone who is non-judgmental, knowledgeable and supportive. I have extensive experience in assessing and working therapeutically with a variety of presenting difficulties across ages. I have training and expertise in a range of models of psychological therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy and Narrative/Systemic Therapy.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 1986
- M.A. (Hons) in Psychology (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 1985
- B.A. in Psychology/Education (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 1983
I have been working as a clinical psychologist for 30 years in a variety of health settings with both children and adults. I have worked in the NHS for more than 20 years, 15 of those as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with children, young people and families in CAMHS in Surrey.
As Surrey CAMHS Lead Psychologist, I was responsible for the development and delivery of psychological services for children, young people and families, and for the professional management and clinical supervision of the psychologists within the service. I also spent five years as Associate Director of Therapies for Children and Young People’s Services.
I have delivered training and provided consultation to GPs, parents and carers (including adoptive and foster parents), teachers, health visitors, school nurses and Social Care staff, as well as lecturing for a number of years on the Surrey Clinical Psychology doctorate programme.
I also have a wealth of experience as a professional supervisor and I am a registered supervisor with the British Psychological Society.
What I Treat
I have developed particular specialist interest in a number of areas, including the following:
- Low mood and depression
- Challenges associated with family life and parenting, including impact of parental separation and divorce
- Challenging, oppositional and defiant behaviours
- School-related issues, including exam stress and peer relationship difficulties
- Early childhood difficulties including sleep, feeding and toileting
- Worry and anxiety, fears and phobias
- Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, compulsive behaviour and habits
- Issues related to developmental disorders including Autism, ADHD and Learning Disability
- Emotional challenges such as anger, self-harming and self-destructive behaviours, loss and attachment
- Coping with physical conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pain
- Stress-related difficulties
Professional Accreditation and Affiliation
- Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS), Reg. No. 70333
- Health and Care Professions Council, Registered Clinical Psychologist, Reg. No. PYL16738
- Registered Supervisor (BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors)
- Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
- Division of Clinical Psychology & Faculty for Children, Young People & their Families, BPS
I am available at the Eastgate Gardens practice in Guildford on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on other days by appointment.
My way of working
I am committed to working in partnership with people to develop collaborative working relationships which are strength-based and solution-focussed. I believe in the capacity of people to utilise their own strengths and resources with the support of a therapeutic approach which is non-judgmental, informed and evidence-based.
All sorts of challenges can cause life to get off track and when that happens, it can be extremely hard to turn things around again.
I believe that therapy is most helpful when someone feels listened to and supported to tackle the challenges which may be impacting on their lives and relationships. I work with people to arrive at a shared understanding of the issues they want to address and agreed goals which feel reasonable and achievable.
Initial Assessment Session (up to 90 minutes): £155
Further Therapy (consultation) sessions (up to 60 minutes): £120
On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.
Written Reports: available upon request at a negotiated fee
Payment is by cheque or cash at the beginning of each session