I am a chartered, consultant clinical psychologist specialising in infants, children, young people and their families. Difficulties can arise at any time in a child or young persons’ life and this can impact on the relationship with the carer/s and the whole family. I believe that early intervention can be very powerful and this is why I include infants and their carers. Being able to support parents, families or children and young people to make changes through facilitating their own understanding of their difficulties and agreeing a goal focused treatment, I believe makes positive change a more permanent outcome.
I have over 25 years in depth experience with families and young children and adolescents in the NHS. I originally worked as a teacher for 6 years and then went on to study clinical psychology. I was manager of psychological services for children and adolescents including those with Learning disabilities across South East Hampshire for a number of years. I was a lecturer on the University of Southampton’s doctorate programme for training Clinical Psychologists with a specialism in parenting and attachment. I have spent time as a consultant and supervisor to social workers, family centre managers, head teachers, teachers and been involved in the Family Nurse Partnership programme working with adolescent pregnancies. Recently I have just returned from working in Jersey CAMHS.
What I Treat
I have worked with a wide range of difficulties in children, young people including adolescents and their families. These include:
- Depression, low mood and self-harm
- Anxiety disorders including fears, phobias and obsessions and compulsions
- Parenting difficulties and relationship difficulties impacting on parenting
- Loss such as bereavement, family break up etc.
Challenging behaviour including issues with autism, ADHD and learning difficulties.
- Coping with long term health related difficulties such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic pain
- Early infant problems including sleep, eating, toileting and behavioural challenges
My Way of Working
My approach to any difficulties is to work in an open and collaborative way. Listening forms an important part of any session and I am interested in understanding the views of all those who are involved and important to the young person including and most importantly the child or young person’s own point of view. This helps me to understand strengths and differences and formulate a plan if one is needed that can be agreed. We can then work collaboratively to produce the goals for change together.
CBT underpins my approach but I use a number of other approaches, if and when, I feel they would be useful. A systemic approach looking at the family including the wider family and school will help me formulate a plan around the difficulties but I will only contact those if required and with permission. I also will use attachment focussed therapeutic approaches. I use evidence-based approaches with compassion to develop resilience in line with the NICE guidelines. When working with children and adolescents in therapy I use different forms of communicating such as drawing and games to help them relax and at times have some fun where appropriate.
- B.Sc in Psychology (Goldsmith’s College London University)
- M.Sc in Clinical Psychology (Institute of Psychiatry, London University) MRC scholarship
- Cert Ed (Nursery/Infant Gipsy Hill College London University)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (attachment focussed) With Dan Hughes
- Trauma Focussed CBT for PTSD Oxford Trauma Centre
Completed a two-week Child Neuro-Psychology Course
Professional Accreditation and Affiliation
- Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society (BPS) Reg.
- Health and /Care Professional Council registered
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
I will be available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at EastGate Gardens Practice in Guildford and other days by appointment
Initial assessment (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.
Payment is by cheque or cash at the beginning of each session.