I am a clinical psychologist who specialises in delivering evidence-based therapy with children, young people and families with a variety of presenting difficulties, particularly anxiety disorders and depression. I believe that young people’s mental health difficulties require a holistic and systemic approach that analyses and treats not only the person themselves but the system and environment that surrounds that person. I use a friendly, compassionate, non-judgmental and creative approach in therapy, and aim to first help a young person to establish goals for treatment. We then work together to initially understand the difficulties before making changes to improve emotional well-being
What I offer
Areas of specialization:
I treat young people presenting with the following difficulties:
- Low mood and depression
- Separation anxiety in children
- Social anxiety and shyness
- Generalised anxiety and worry
- Fears and phobias
- Panic disorder and panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Habit disorders
- Trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sleep difficulties
- School related issues such as stress and peer relationship difficulties
- Anger issues or oppositional behaviours
It is important to note that many of these difficulties will not present in isolation.
I have over 11 years of experience working in mental health settings within both the NHS, University Research Clinics and schools. In my private work, I mainly offer assessments and treatment for young people (ages 5-18) and families. I specialise in cognitive-behavioural therapy, which involves helping people understand the link between their thoughts, behaviours, physical sensations, and emotions. Becoming stuck in unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns can be detrimental to an individual’s well-being. I work collaboratively with young people and their families to help them break some of these negative patterns by introducing more helpful behaviours and different thinking strategies, with a view to achieve their chosen therapeutic goals. I am also interested and trained in additional therapies including systemic therapy, compassion focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
In addition to treating individuals and families, I can offer group therapeutic workshops for young people, or teacher and staff training groups. I have facilitated a range of group therapeutic programmes for both anxiety disorders in adolescence, and social skills training for individuals with pervasive developmental disorders, such as Autism spectrum disorder and Asperger syndrome. I have also provided a teacher training anxiety workshop via my NHS role. In addition, I can provide supervision and consultation to individuals and teams in both clinical and educational settings.
Training & Qualifications
I have the following qualifications:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
PhD in Psychology (University of Reading)
MSc in Developmental Psychopathology – Distinction (University of Reading)
BSc in Psychology – 2:1 (University of Southampton)
Since qualifying as a Psychologist, I have worked within both CAMHS settings to support young people, families and schools with mental health difficulties and challenges, and educational settings delivering assessments, treatment and MDT consultation for young people with complex mental health difficulties or those challenged within a social care context.
Initial Assessment Session (80 minutes): £160
Therapy sessions (50 minutes): £120
Parent Support Session Package (90 minute consultation plus additional summary report): £250
Written reports available upon request at a negotiated fee