I am passionate about my career as a clinical psychologist and am committed to help people manage life’s difficulties so they can tap into their potential and lead a life that’s meaningful and fulfilling. I have a decade of experience working in mental health and I am humbled and in awe of the challenges people overcome and what they go on to achieve.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Clinical Psychologist – Number: PYL30171
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society – Number: 212858
BPS Accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Surrey
First Class BSc (Hons.) in Psychology – University of Reading
Supervisor Training Course – University of Surrey
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Level III - Richman
Various certificates from post-graduate training workshops
Specialism in eating disorders
Throughout my career, I have also specialized in the psychology of eating disorders. I have worked in community and inpatient services to help set up and develop safe and effective ways of supporting people with eating distress.
In the context of a cultural obsession with healthy eating and dietary rules about “good” and “bad” foods, where self-esteem and body image are much influenced by perceptions of weight and shape, there has been a rise in associated distress amongst adolescents and young adults.
An increasingly rigid approach to eating healthy, "pure" foods or following particular diets can become obsessive and all-consuming for some — affecting our relationships, social life or work. This can be referred to as orthorexia. Similarly, eating behaviours can become associated with self-soothing in the face of distress or self-punishment when there’s been a sense of loss of control. Early help and support for people who become concerned with controlling what they eat and how they look is essential to prevent more serious disorders developing.
Special interest in trauma
Most of the time our bodies routinely manage new information and experiences without being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs, the natural coping mechanism can become overloaded, resulting in disturbing experiences remaining unprocessed. This can mean that raw emotions or distressing thoughts from the past continue to affect the present, often intruding into awareness, affecting the way a person feels about themselves, relates to others and interacts with the world.
Throughout the course of my work in NHS services, I have honed my skills and knowledge in the treatment of the effects of trauma. It is my experience that untreated trauma can cause significant ripple effects over time, increasing the suffering of individuals, families and communities across many domains of life. I am committed to working to alleviate the effects of the past with my clients so that they can move towards more fulfilling experiences in the present.