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“We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

ABOUT ME

BACKGROUND & MISSION

I am a Health Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited by the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). I am also a mindfulness practitioner, with certificates from Bangor University & Breathworks. I work in the NHS for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, developing and delivering services in the Long Term Conditions care pathway for Croydon Talking Therapies. 

I have a PhD from King's College London in Psychological Medicine, which was focussed on the therapeutic mechanisms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in irritable bowel syndrome. My thesis was based on data from the largest randomised controlled trial of CBT for IBS to date, the results of which have been published in the British Medical Journal and The Lancet Gatroenterology and Hepatology. My current research focuses on women's health and the application of psychosocial support to improve symptom severity and quality of life.

I came into this profession inspired by my own experiences with ongoing urogynaecological symptoms. It provided me with a passion to help improve the experience of those with long term conditions, particularly women experiencing bladder and pelvic issues. 

EXPERIENCE

Clinical Experience

My clinical experience includes the provision of CBT therapy for people with long term conditions, axis I anxiety disorders and depression. In addition to CBT, my clinical approaches lend from acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focussed therapy and mindfulness. I am also receiving training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma.

Intervention Development and Digital Therapies

I have been involved in the development of remote and digitally-delivered CBT- based therapeutic interventions for employee stress management, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and urogynaecological symptoms as part of NIHR funded projects.

I provide digital content including articles, workshops, training, and videos for consultancy projects in the private and third sector. 

Service Management

I work as Long Term Conditions Lead in my NHS role, coordinating incoming referrals, integrated care, workplace wellbeing and training and reflective practices. 

Supervision

I provide specialist long term conditions supervision for psychotherapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners. I am in the process of becoming an accredited BPS Stage II Health Psychologist Trainee Supervisor. 

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
  • University of Leeds, 2007-2011, BSc Psychology

  • King's College London, 2012-2013, MSc Health Psychology

  • British Psychological Society/King's College London, 2013-2017, Health Psychologist Doctoral Qualification (Stage II Independent Route)

  • King's College London, 2014- 2018, PhD Psychological Medicine

Mindfulness Teacher Training​

  • King's College London, 2014- 2018, PhD Psychological Medicine

  • Breathworks, 2016 –Sep 2018, Certificate in Mindfulness for Stress and Health 

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training, 2015, Bangor University

  • Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassionate Wellbeing, 2013

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training​

  • King's College London, 2018-2019, PG Dip CBT Therapies

  • British Psychology Society, 2013-2015, Introduction to CBT, Socratic Questioning, Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Behavioural Experiments, Running CBT Groups, Interpreting Research in CBT, Teaching Clients to use Mindfulness Skills

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)​

  • EMDR Academy, 2021- present, receiving training in EMDR

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP BODIES
  •  British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy. Member Number:  998114 

  •  British Psychological Society. Chartered Member:  301855

  •  Health and Care Professionals Council . Registered Practitioner Psychologist:  PYL35680  

SPECIALTIES
  • Long Term Conditions & Chronic Illness Support, Management and Holistic Care

  • Gastro Conditions including Irritable bowel Syndrome & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Urogynaecological Symptoms Biopsychosocial care including Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections, Vulvodynia and Overactive Bladder

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Perfectionism 

  • Mindfulness-based interventions

 

CONTACT ME

I am delighted to announce that I now have capacity to take on a limited number of private clients. I prioritise according to particular presentations in line with my research and clinical interests. 

I often work with brands and businesses in a consultancy capacity and welcome invitations for collaboration.  Please do not submit queries for unpaid work.  I do a lot of advocacy work in women's health and more broadly bowel and bladder health. I am always pleased to contribute to articles, talks and conferences wherever I can.

I will be offering a limited number of spaces for stage II health psychology trainees in May 2021. 

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