I am a qualified Psychologist, with a BSc. Honours in Psychology from Brunel University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Surrey University.  My career has spanned over twenty years and has encompassed working with a wide variety of client groups across many different business sectors.

My career began in the prison service and in medium and maximum security hospital settings, where I worked with adolescents, adults and their families to address risk and offending behaviour.  Later, in the health sector, I worked with clients with brain injury and degenerative conditions to support them and their families through rehabiliation to enable them to live independently. These skills proved invaluable when I went on to work with clients with mental health difficulties and chronic health conditions, such as HIV.  I developed a specialist interest in working with people who had a history of sexual abuse, sexual difficulties, adjustment difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, work-related trauma, depression, anxiety and cognitive (e.g. memory, attention, intellectual) difficulties.

Whilst I have been trained to work as a clinician with a variety of clients of different age groups and backgrounds, I have also worked in change management and policy development in local government, trade unions, and with statutory and private organisations, developing leadership and executive coaching programmes. Training, supervising and mentoring staff has been a passion of mine: supporting the personal development of others to enable them to improve their lives for the better is a hugely enjoyable part of my work. More recently, I have worked as a business consultant to multinational companies and in executive management, leading on organisational development and change in the charity sector, and mentoring trustees and coaching  and training executive leaders and teams in the charity sector. Throughout my career, I have learned to adapt and become resilient to change, always regarding each new experience as an opportunity to grow and develop.

My approach has been influenced and informed by a variety of well-known psychological approaches and theories, but all my interventions are tailored to the individuals, couples, families, professionals, teams and organisations with whom and with which I have worked. I offer interventions based on cognitive behavioural psychology, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, psychodynamic therapy, systemic psychotherapy and narrative therapy, and solution focussed and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) approaches to coaching.  I hold myself accountable to many people: my family, my friends, my clients, my supervisors and my mentors.  I am always seeking to learn and l am continually inspired by the people I meet.  

Accreditation
I am a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist, Chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  I am licensed and legally bound by the Health and Care Professions Council to comply with national Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists.  These may be found here: 
http://hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10002963SOP_Practitioner_psychologists.pdf

On an annual basis, I voluntarily arrange for a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, an independent UK authority which ensures confidential information is stored safely and treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  I also have professional liability insurance with Towergate Insurance, so that I can offer my clients the assurance and peace of mind that they are working with a professional who always places the safety of the public at the heart of their practice.