- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Applied Relaxation
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
With over 10 years of clinical experience supporting individuals in psychological therapy, I see therapy as a joint venture I embark on with my clients where together we understand the meaning of their problems and attend to their needs as fully as possible.
I approach therapy with a kind, honest, and non-judgmental approach and seek to nurture their skills of self-awareness and compassion and to empower them to face what they perceive is painful. I aim to support clients to reconnect with what is personally meaningful for them and to develop the courage to start to make sustainable changes by learning and applying psychological tools that can enable them to navigate through challenges in a helpful and effective way.
In the private sector I have extensive experience working with professionals and expats in the City of London and internationally from Business, Financial, Media, Publishing, Legal, Consultancy and Academic sectors who are struggling with problems related to: organisational pressures; stress; burnout; self-criticism, perfectionism and 'impostor syndrome', anxiety; depression; loss of purpose in life; relationships at work and in their personal lives.
During my time with the NHS I specialised in working with people with psychosis and schizophrenia and supporting family members and carers in their caregiving roles. I also worked with parents and carers with perinatal mental health problems such as postnatal anxiety, depression, and to help them develop strong bonds with their babies.
Areas of interest
I work with people from different cultural backgrounds who experience a range of difficulties such as:
stress; burnout; depression; anxiety; low self-esteem; low self-confidence; work-related issues; loss & bereavement; lack of satisfaction in life; adjustment to transitions; trauma; challenges that come with being an expat
I take an integrative approach to therapy using models that are evidence based by the NICE guidelines. I offer:
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma.
Compassion Focused Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness based therapies
Therapy for expats
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Maltese - Fluent
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Attard A, Larkin M. (2016). Art therapy for people with psychosis: a narrative review of the literature. Lancet Psychiatry 3, 1067-1078. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(16)30146-8
Attard, A. & Coulson, N. S. (2012). A thematic analysis of patient communication in Parkinson’s disease online support group discussion forums. Computers in Human Behavior; 28, 500–506. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.10.022
B.Psy (Hons) dissertation entitled: 'The shaking palsy: Living with Parkinson’s disease' was presented as a poster for the 7th Malta Medical School Conference and published in the Malta Medical Journal in issue MMJ 21 (2009); 99:68-127.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Birmingham 2015
- Masters in Applied Neuropsychology University of Nottingham 2010
- Bachelor in Psychology University of Malta 2009
Affiliations / memberships
HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
British Psychological Society
EMDR Association UK & Ireland
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)