My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Full Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
- Full Member of the BPS Faculty for Eating Disorders (FED)
- Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity
- NCFED Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
- NCFED Certificate in Nutritional Skills for Eating Disorders
- NCFED Certificate in Practitioner Skills for Obesity Management
My professional experience:
I have been working in mental health settings since 2004 and have been offering individual and group therapy at Nightingale Hospital since 2007. I facilitated groups on the Interpersonal Therapy Programme; Eating Disorders Programme and Young Persons Unit between 2007 and 2013 and delivered services as Lead Therapist of the Eating Disorders Programme and Co-Lead Therapist of the Obesity Treatment Programme. My work has focused on individual therapy to adults and adolescents since 2014.
I have extensive experience of working with a range of presenting problems. Special interests include relationship issues; attachment issues; identity; inter-cultural relationships; eating disorders; obesity; weight management; spiritual and/or religious issues; mother-daughter relationships; psychology of women; bereavement; loss; mood disorders and anxiety.
I am trained in Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Interpersonal and Person-Centred therapies. I predominantly work from a psychodynamic perspective and integrate other models, e.g. CBT for Eating disorders (CBT-E) according to the presenting problem or individual need. I work collaboratively and believe the success of the therapeutic outcome is dependent on the relationship between therapist and clients. With this in mind I aim to provide a therapeutic space characterised by trust, warmth and authenticity.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
I have a special interest in the application of Attachment theory to psychotherapy. I am passionate about the psychology of women and have completed a course in The Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice at the British Psychoanalytic Foundation.
Most recent research is titled Encountering God in the Dark: a Relational Experience of God during Depression and beyond. This research project explored a relational experience of God in diverse religious contexts during and/or after periods of depression, using the methodology of hermeneutic phenomenology.