I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society.
I began my psychology career in research, but soon decided I wished to work with people in a way to have greater impact and support others to improve their quality of life, and thus retrained in Clinical Psychology.
I have been working in both the NHS and in private practice, and my clinical time is currently divided between two types of service: Neurorehabilitation and Neurodevelopmental services. Within neurodevelopmental services, I have experience in research with young people on the autistic spectrum, as well as working as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) in the assessment and diagnosis of ASD in both children and adults. I am fully trained in the use of specialist assessment tools including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) as well as the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). I additionally have experience of providing post-diagnostic support and intervention for individuals, groups and families.
Within the field of neurorehabilitation, I work closely within an MDT working jointly with other disciplines (OTs, PTs and SLTs), and providing guidance and consultation where needed, to provide individualised intervention following brain injury. I am experienced in the administration and interpretation of standardised cognitive assessments to inform intervention, as well as in the provision of therapy for psychological adjustment to physical and cognitive changes and cognitive rehabilitation with people with acquired brain injury and various neurological conditions.
I am keen to support people of all ages to surmount challenges they experience to move towards a full and meaningful life. I am passionate about the development of clinical work outside of the traditional ‘therapy room’ for mind health and wellbeing. I believe that through mind-body interventions, connection with nature, exercise, joint activity and therapeutic projects we are better able to foster a sense of connection and belonging with the environment around us and our community. I believe that values-based living and holistic and creative approaches to therapeutic work are not only important to overcome periods of crisis in life but also serve in the prevention of serious mental health difficulties and foster greater overall wellbeing.