Professional Qualifications and registration
- BSc honours degree Psychology ,
- Postgraduate certificate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (PGcert),
- Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy
- 4 years Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Short Courses in play therapy, attachment theory, eating disorders, trauma based therapy, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), group therapy
- Regular safeguarding training
As a psychotherapist I adhere to the UK Council of Psychotherapy code of ethics and receive supervision in accordance with UKCP guidelines. I am also a member of the UKATA (United Kingdom Assosication for Transactional Analysis) the BPS (British Psychological Society) and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of counselling and psychotherapy). I hold a valid enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (previously Criminal Records Bureau) and hold full professional indemnity insurance
I have worked in the field of care and mental health for many years helping both adults and children. I have worked within residential homes, social services, the NHS and voluntary organisations. I started out, having completed my psychology degree working within residential childrens homes; firstly as a therapeutic support worker, and then within the psychology team. I found this work immensely enjoyable and rewarding. This led me to provide a foster placement within my own family and to spending some time working within social services before going on to complete further training in CBT based psychological therapies, and Transactional Analysis psychotherapy.
For the last five years I have worked in the NHS in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) working with children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. My work involves working closely with family members, schools, social workers and other professionals as well as providing individual therapy. Prior to this I worked for Stockport MIND as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. This role entailed providing individual therapy for adults with mild to moderate mental health difficulties based on a Cognitive Behavioural Model.
I have extensive experience of supporting individuals to manage a range of issues including depression, anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, OCD, generalised anxiety, panic and specific phobias), self harm, attachment difficulties, PTSD, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, low self esteem. I have also worked with parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).