Who am I?
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, training and working for over 10 years in the NHS. I’ve worked in a range of paediatric and mental health settings, where I am currently a lead psychologist. I specialise in supporting children and families from a range of family backgrounds when they are feeling stuck, worried or unsure. I offer a compassion-focused, collaborative and non-judgemental approach to help them connect to their unique strengths, skills and values in order to overcome difficulties and move towards their hopes for the future. I trained at Salomons – Canterbury Christ Church University.
You might want to see me if:
I support families when child and young people experience:
- Fears and worries, anxiety, low mood, behaviour that can challenge, school concerns, friendships or other life stresses
- Eating, toileting, sleeping and other developmental concerns
- Bereavement and loss
- Living with a physical health difficulty
- Relationship struggles
- Experiences around sexuality, gender and race
The research suggests that parents are usually best placed to promote positive changes throughout their child’s life. I do a lot of work with parents to understand what their child might be communicating and their underlying emotional needs. I aim to empower parents to build on existing strategies to support their child through these challenges. I can also support parents around what this might bring up for them and the ups and downs of family life. Whenever it may be useful, I can also work with children and young people too.
I use a range of evidence-based psychology approaches to support children and families to promote their holistic wellbeing. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy approaches. I also draw on solution-focused, conscious and connected parenting, and trauma-informed approaches. I offer short-term work, or we might agree to meet for longer, depending on what most fits your needs. I may also advice on accessing further support.