I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, which means that I use evidenced based therapeutic approaches to help individuals aged 16 and over to reduce their psychological distress.
I provide a confidential, caring, non-judgemental and collaborative environment in which your difficulties can be explored in safe way. I use and adapt the various models I have experience in to suit your circumstances and tailor interventions appropriately to help you move forward and reduce the impact your difficulty has on your life.
Choosing a therapist can be a big step, particularly if you have struggled with a difficulty for some time. It is therefore important that you find a therapist that you can be open and honest with and who you think can help you. You are welcome to contact me for an initial consultation, where I can gain a better understanding of what help you might require and whether you and I can work together in addressing your difficulties.
I work in both the NHS and private practice with adults who have a wide range and severity of mental health difficulties. I draw on different therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Narrative Exposure Therapy in my work. I also offer supervision to Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Academically Validated by Royal Holloway, University of London
This post graduate diploma is a specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This course is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
Royal Holloway, University of London
This training is accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
M.Sc. in Integrative Neuroscience
Imperial College London
B.Sc. (Hons) in psychology
University of Bristol
This degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Given the fast pace of change and the frequency of new research within clinical psychology, I regularly attend workshops, conferences and short training courses in order to keep up-to-date with the latest research and models of best practice.
I have worked in the NHS for over 10 years and I have been a qualified clinical psychologist since 2008. Since I qualified I have worked with adults in both inpatient units and community settings who are experiencing severe and complex mental health problems. I have a particular interest in group-work and in helping individuals to develop skills to manage intense feelings. Other problems I work with can include depression, anxiety, OCD, difficulties individuals have with relating to others and PTSD.
Prior to qualification I worked as a trainee clinical psychologist in various placements within the NHS which included a year-long placement with adolescents who were experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
What I Treat
I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of difficulties which include:
- Experiences of abuse
- Anxiety Disorders: e.g. Panic, Phobias, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Emotional regulation – including difficulties with self-harm
- PTSD (including those with experience of multiple trauma)
- Relationship difficulties
- Eating Disorders
I take a client-centred approach and utilise my knowledge and experience of these different psychological approaches to tailor sessions to suit the needs of you as an individual. The main models I use to inform my practice include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic concepts. I also use Mindfulness and Narrative Exposure Therapy with individuals where appropriate.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical sensations and how these factors can come together to form a vicious cycle leaving an individual with negative thoughts and behaviours which are unhelpful. CBT uses strategies in order to help individuals challenge and modify their thoughts and behaviours.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
This therapy was originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, where people often experience intense emotions which can result in self-harming behaviour. DBT teaches a set of skills which helps individuals manage their emotions, relationships with others and how to cope when crisis situations develop.
Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
Initially developed for those experiencing repeated episodes of depression, this therapy can also help individual’s experiencing other difficulties including chronic pain and anxiety. It helps individuals to experience distressing emotions without trying to engage or battle with those emotions.
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
NET is a trauma focussed therapy for individuals who have experienced multiple and complex traumas. The therapy involves the development a life-narrative with a focus on traumatic experiences.
Professional Accreditation and Affiliation
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registration number: PYL04483.
The HCPC regulate health care professionals in the UK and are set up to protect the public. They only register professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills and behaviour. Only those registered with the HCPC are allowed to use the projected title “Clinical Psychologist”.
I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) – membership number 096946. The BPS is the representative body for psychologists in the UK. The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
I am available at the Eastgate Gardens practice in Guildford on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on other days by appointment.
Assessment: £95 (up to 60 minute session)
Treatment Session £95 (50 minute session)
I am registered with a number of health insurers, including BUPA, AXA-PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA.
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.
Reports are available on request: Please contact me to discuss fees for this service.
Please note that the full session fee will be charged for appointments missed or cancelled without a minimum of 24 hours prior notice.
Payment for the first session is due on the day by cash or cheque. For ongoing sessions, I will also accept payment by bank transfer prior to the session.
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Please feel free to contact me for a brief initial discussion of your difficulties and for me to answer any questions you may have about me or the service I offer.