Qualifications & Training
- Psychology BSc (Hons);
- Health Psychology MSc
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
EMDR training parts I, II, III & advanced training e.g. in complex trauma/PTSD, chronic pain, complex grief.
EMDR Europe Accredited Clinical Supervisor / Consultant (EMDR UK & Ireland)
British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Accredited (BABCP accredited)
I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years in adult mental health, including secondary care services and for an IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies) service. Over the last 8 years, as well as private practice, I have worked in Clinical Health Psychology within an acute hospital setting. I have provided trauma-focussed, therapy in a specialist pain management service, as well as interventions to help with adjustment often using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy approaches. For several years, within the same trust, I worked for an award winning staff psychology service, where I provided specific work for consultant doctors & surgeons and was very involved in developing a Peer to Peer Trauma Network for when difficult incidents occur in the hosptial. As part of this work, I provided specific training around psychological trauma. Staff work was be team/group based interventions tailored to their specific needs, as well as individual therapy and clinical supervision. I now work with patents who have experienced complications relating to surgical procedures (who often have chronic pain & trauma symptoms and/or adjustment difficulties).
I have regular clinical supervision and I supervise other psychologists/psychotherapists. As an EMDR Consultant, I also facilitate EMDR peer supervision groups within the NHS and externally on a private basis. I am passionate about EMDR and supporting others to develop their skills with this intervention and help them to become accredited practitioners.
I have several years experience in mental health research and have been involved in trials as a team manager, a researcher/field worker, a co-applicant or as a Principal Investigator. I also co-ordinated the 'Improvement & Innovation in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care' Health Integration Team funded by Bristol Health Partners.