I am a qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Expert Witness covering the Rugby and Coventry areas. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). “The British Psychological Society promotes excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical applications of psychology” (BPS). The HCPC keeps a register of health professionals that meet their standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health in order to protect the public (HCPC). I am an advanced accredited Schema Therapist (ISST- International Society of Schema Therapy) and a trained EMDR practitioner (University of Birmingham).
I worked in the NHS for nearly ten years in a Community Mental Health Team (CHMT) providing psychological assessment and treatment to clients with complex difficulties as well as supporting the CMHT by providing consultation and supervision.
I make use of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy & Schema Focused Therapy (CBT, SFT) as frameworks. That means that in my approach to assessment, formulation (an understanding of your difficulties) and treatment I use CBT and SFT perspectives. Straight forward difficulties tend to respond well to CBT, however, people that experience more interpersonal difficulties and have more complex presentations, in my experience benefit and respond better to an integrative approach. That means, using schema focused therapy as the main framework whilst borrowing concepts and techniques from other approaches where necessary.
I also use Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) when appropriate and needed to complement my CBT and SFT work.
However, sometimes I use exclusively Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) as research shows very positive results with people experiencing long term difficulties.
I have worked from a CBT approach for fifteen years and I am now working towards accreditation with the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
I also work as an Expert Witness in the area of personal injury. I have completed The Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Civil Expert Witness Certificate.