I am a clinical psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and families with a variety of presenting difficulties, particularly anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. I specialise in delivering evidence based therapy to young people and families and I mainly work within a cognitive-behavioural framework. I am also interested in systemic therapy, compassion focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I believe that young people’s mental health difficulties require a holistic and systemic approach that analyses and treats not only the person themselves but the system and environment that surrounds that person. I use a friendly, compassionate, non-judgmental and creative approach to working with young people and their families, and I aim to help a young person to establish their goals for treatment early on in the process, although these remain flexible throughout. I work with a young person and their family collaboratively to first help them understand their difficulties, before working towards making changes to improve emotional well-being and identifying strengths and values along the way.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- PhD in Psychology (University of Reading)
- MSc in Developmental Psychopathology (University of Reading)
- BSc in Psychology (University of Southampton)
I have over 7 years of experience working in child and adolescent mental health settings within both the NHS and a University Research Clinic. I have been involved in assessing and treating young people and families with a variety of different presenting mental health difficulties. I specialise in cognitive-behavioural therapy, which involves helping people understand the link between their thoughts, behaviours, physical sensations, and emotions. Becoming stuck in unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns can be detrimental to an individual’s well-being. I work collaboratively with young people and their families to help them break some of these negative patterns by introducing more helpful behaviours and different thinking strategies, with a view to achieve their chosen therapeutic goals. In addition to treating individuals and families, I have also facilitated a range of group therapeutic programmes for both anxiety disorders in adolescence, and social skills training for individuals with pervasive developmental disorders, such as Autism spectrum disorder and Asperger syndrome. In addition, I have worked within a social care team at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and assessed and treated a range of vulnerable adults and young people experiencing difficulties following complex trauma and domestic abuse, as well as experiencing attachment and complex behavioural difficulties and low self-esteem.
I have a keen interest in researching mental health in young people, and continue to be involved in a wide variety of research projects within the University of Reading, one of which at present focuses on treatments for social anxiety in young people. I have also completed my own doctoral research which investigated the familial and environmental factors associated with specific child anxiety disorders. I enjoy remaining up to date with changes in the current evidence base for treatments of mental health difficulties in young people and pride myself in delivering these to the young people that I treat.
What I Treat
I treat young people (ages 5-18) presenting with the following difficulties:
- Low mood and depression
- Separation anxiety in children
- Social anxiety and shyness
- Generalised anxiety and worry
- Fears and phobias
- Panic disorder and panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Habit disorders
- Trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sleep difficulties
- School related issues such as stress and peer relationship difficulties
- Anger issues or oppositional behaviours
It is important to note that many of these difficulties will not present in isolation
Health Care and Professionals Council, Registered Clinical Psychologist – Reg No. PYL33326
British Psychological Society, Chartered Clinical Psychologist – Reg No. 449663
I am available at Eastgate Gardens practice in Guildford on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Other times, including evenings and weekends, can also be arranged by appointment.
Initial assessment Session (up to 90 minutes): £145
Therapy sessions (up to 60 minutes): £110
Written reports available upon request at a negotiated fee
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, or via bank transfer prior the session.
If an appointment is cancelled or missed within 24 hours the full session fee will be charged.