I have over 18 years of clinical experience, including 14 years within the NHS. I started my career as a clinician in 2002, initially working in university and charitable trusts psychotherapy services. In 2006 I went on to pursue my specialist interest in working with anxiety, depression and personality disorders within the NHS.
I held a senior position as the lead clinician for both the Cognitive Analytic Therapy service and the Mentalization-Based Therapy service within the Lewisham Integrated Psychological Therapies Service (Lewisham IPTT), which is part of the renowned South London and Maudsley NHS trust (SLaM).
Over the course of my professional career within SLaM I have worked on Psychiatric Inpatient Wards, and within Community Mental Health Teams, as well as within an Integrated Psychology and Psychotherapy service. I have been responsible for clinical consultation to colleagues and I have supervised and managed both qualified and trainee clinical and counselling psychologists.
Having graduated in 1998 from Royal Holloway College (University of London) with BSc (Hons) in Psychology, I went on to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Regents College and then a Post Masters Diploma in Existential Counselling Psychology.
Continuing with my professional development, I attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in 2012 and went on to attain accreditation as a CAT supervisor in 2014. Further developing my interest in working with complex cases I pursued clinical training in Mentalization-based Therapy and attained accreditation as an MBT Practitioner with the British Psychoanalytic Council in 2015.
As a psychologist, I have trained in both cognitive and psychodynamic models of psychotherapy. I have worked across a wide range of mental health problems. I am able to draw on a range of theoretical orientations, evidence-based practices, and my extensive clinical experience to tailor therapy to meet your individual needs.
My work is goal orientated and focused on helping you to make changes in your life for the better. I will help you to understand how your problems may have developed and how they are maintained. I take a direct and down to earth approach with therapy to help you move forward by revising unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Working together I will help you to gain more self-awareness and understanding about unhelpful coping strategies and destructive behaviours. I take into account how your past experiences, attachment relationships and traumatic events have had impact on how you cope and function in the here and now.
Together we can develop a psychological understanding of your difficulties so that you are able to recognise how unhelpful patterns have developed and are maintained. My aim is to help you make sense of your here and now difficulties whilst taking into account and valuing your individual experiences and relationship to the world in which you live.
I place an emphasis on the subjective experience of the individuals, and work within a framework of joint clarification and understanding to explore the complexities of the human mind and experience.