- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- 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
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Registered Mental Health Nurse. I believe in letting people be themselves, I work in a way that facilitates awareness in understanding yourself to observe the important dimensions of one personality. It is important to me that our sessions reflect what you would like to change.
I let you be you in therapy and outside therapy. I have been an advocate for good mental health for decades, having worked within mental health NHS services for 15 years and social services before that, I have been working clinically as a mental health professional since 2013. In 2017 I was awarded a Psychological Therapist Trainee position, leaving the Trust as a Senior Psychological therapist some years later.
As someone who often felt like an outsider, I became fascinated with human behaviour when I was working as an actor. At this time I was a part time support worker and acting in corporate role play training days and teaching youth theatre. I was awarded registration with Equity Arts Federation (UK), however working without a regular pay day was not ideal for me and nursing was the natural choice.
For me, understanding people, life and wellness, is closely linked to creativity. Dance, music, drama has always played a significant role in my life and I now have the pleasure of bringing these areas together in a meaningful way. I specialise in bringing therapeutic theory and creative expression together in my workshops on telling your story and in my corporate programmes. In the therapy room I am working towards evidence based interventions that are ‘formulation driven’, meaning, we look at the full picture. Often what is a problem for a person is deeply rooted in where our values lie, simply put if you didn’t care about it, it wouldn’t matter
Areas of interest
I have a special interest in treating OCD, health anxiety and general anxieties.
I specialise in Trauma focused psychotherapy (CBT & EMDR).
I have completed additional training in CBT for long term health conditions and non-medically explained somatic illnesses
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
Solent NHS - Staff Nurse - Acute Mental Health Services - 2013-2015
Southern Health Foundation Trust - Community Mental Health Nurse - 2015-2017
Italk Psychological Therapies - trainee psychological therapist 2017-2018 Qualified Nov 2018 and then promoted to Senior Psychological Therapist 2019-2020 when leaving the NHS to open my own private practice
I am very interested in new research in the area of neuroscience and the gut microbiome. I strongly believe that our physical health impacts our mental wellbeing and vise versa.
I am also very interested in the benefits of the creative arts, in particular applied theatre and improvisation
I play the West and North African hand drums. I love to dance and trained in a number of dance art forms over the years, sometimes performing at festivals and community events.
Before training in mental health nursing, I worked as an Actor. I was particularly active in role play and improvised theatre.
I am a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and volunteer on the team running 'Open Space' weekly meetings.
I am a committee member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist, Long Term Health Conditions special interest group.
I have been a active member of the committee for The Good Mental Health Cooperative, as a team we were nominated for best social enterprise Hampshire of 2015
In 2014 I was nominated for Patient Experience Ambassador when working for Southern Health Foundation NHS Trust.
In 2014 I lead a clinical improvement strategy for Solent Health NHS PICU security. My clinical review was published and became the backbone for a longer term improvement strategy taken by the trust.
Courses offered to GPs
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- Advanced Diploma in Mental Health Nursing The University of Southampton 2013
- EMDR Europe Accredited Training EMDR Academy 2022
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy The University of Southampton 2018
- IAPT High Intensity National Curriculum for CBT in the context of Long Term Persistent and Distressing Health Conditions Kings College London Health Psychology 2020
- ACT for Depression & Anxiety Dr Russ Harris 2022
- Relived, Re-remembered, Reconstructed: Working with Complexity in PTSD Sharif El-Leithy, Traumatic Stress Service, London and Hannah Murray, University of Oxford (BABCP Conference) 2021
- Improv and Mental Health GOT programme Kristin R. Krueger, PhD 2021
- Rehearsals for Growth Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D 2023
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Committee Member special interest group - long term health conditions BABCP 2023
Details of entry to specialist register
- NMC , 2013
- BABCP , 2019
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) session - (5-50)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) session - remote - (1-5)