My interest in mental health started during my undergraduate degree in Leeds where I studied both Psychology & Sociology. This initially led me into working within a Forensic setting as a Psychology Assistant in The Prison Service. I then decided to specialise in Primary Care Mental Health, studying to a postgraduate level at The University of Manchester. I worked in an NHS setting offering CBT based brief interventions and guided self-help for ‘common mental health’ problems which included depression and anxiety.
Working in this way helped me see how effective it can be to work with an individual to help them gain a better understanding of their difficulties and support them to overcome these. I wanted to further develop my expertise to work with a wider range of mental health difficulties, I therefore went on to complete my full CBT training at The University of York in 2010.
I am fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) which means I adhere to ethical principles, confidentiality and ensure continued professional development. I attend regular clinical supervision which allows me to reflect on my clinical practice to ensure I provide excellent clinical standards. To check Accreditation please click here.
I worked for the NHS in York and surrounding areas for 8 years, providing assessment, individual treatment and group support.
My areas of specialism are:
Panic Disorder (with or without agoraphobia)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)
Low Self Esteem
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Specific Phobia (E.g. needle phobia, animal phobia, claustrophobia)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
Stress & anxiety
Work related issues
Through my experiences I have been able to see how effective CBT can be in helping people. I believe it gives people a solid basis for understanding the difficulties they face.
I take an integrative approach to treatment, working with the individual to establish an initial understanding of their main difficulties then use a variety of treatment interventions drawn from different therapeutic approaches.
I typically use CBT as the basis for all treatment but can complement this with Interpersonal Psychotherapy (if working with depression) Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, EMDR (if working with trauma or anxiety disorders) as well as using more recent developments in treatment approaches, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
Following a clear, structured, evidence based approach is what is needed for some individuals. Alternatively, when individuals have experienced longer term, complex difficulties, it can be helpful to use a more personalised treatment approach.
I value being able to build a good therapeutic relationship to help the individual feel comfortable and able to share their personal experiences.