I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and am trained to work using CBT, systemic and psychodynamic approaches. In addition I have training in group psychoanalytic psychotherapy, attachment-focussed therapies and approaches used in treating trauma.
Working in outpatient and inpatient services in the NHS and with private providers, I have experience with a wide range of client groups. I have set up and run a psychology service abroad, working within a different cultural context and specifically with expatriates and their families.
As well as running my own practice in Surrey, I work in a specialist practice for adopted and ‘looked after’ children and adolescents with complex problems. Here I provide therapy using a range of approaches and undertake assessments, manage risk, liaise with various services and support young peoples' families.
My depth of experience helps me to understand and articulate complex difficulties. We collaborate to develop a creative but pragmatic approach to find the best way forward. I believe in supporting people to develop compassion for themselves, which is the starting place for compassion for others.
SCOUT THE DOG
Scout is a super friendly Boston Terrier who loves to meet new people and have a cuddle. She is invited into session with people who find the presence of an animal comforting and therapeutic. She is particularly beneficial for children and young people who are anxious or unsure about therapy.
Oatlands Village, Weybridge, Surrey
Areas of Practice
Child and adolescent
I offer a range of interventions, from brief behaviour focussed work to longer-term talking therapy. I am experienced in working with a wide range of mental health issues and neurodevelopmental diagnoses. I find working with adolescents particularly rewarding as they have a degree of curiosity about themselves and the world which makes it an especially good developmental period in which to engage in therapy.
As a (former) NHS employee for many years, I am experienced in navigating large public sector institutions such as local authorities, social care, mental health teams and educational settings. I am also on the Local Advisory Board for a secondary school in Surrey. I provide consultation and training, with a special interest in child attachment and trauma and support multi-disciplinary teams (for example in schools) to understand and support complex mental health and neurodevelopmental issues. I am also able to support the development of mental health strategy in institutions.
I work to support people with the challenges of balancing the demands of home, work and relationships. Exploring how early relationships or circumstances are impacting on current functioning. I work integratively as I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches, allowing me to personalise the therapeutic approach. I encourage self-compassion and I challenge the pressure towards perfectionism that we often feel.
I have set-up a psychology service for an international company, contributing towards their wellness policy and engaging both with employees and their families. I am focussed on using my experience in mental health, running groups and delivering training, to help companies to better understand the mental health and emotional needs of their teams and optimise mental wellbeing.
family and couples
We navigate complicated roles as parents, children, partners and siblings and can become deeply unsettled when these relationships are stressed. Having someone outside of these relationship who can hold a safe space in which to explore relationship dynamics can help families and couples to move forward when they are feeling stuck in repeating relational patterns.
I completed the supervisor training which allowed me to supervise trainee clinical psychologists, collaboratively with their training institution. I have experience of supervising colleagues from different disciplines in a specialist practice, the NHS and educational settings. I host a peer supervision group in Surrey, welcoming professional peers from a range of professional backgrounds.
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