THERAPY SERVICES AVAILABLE: HERE TO SERVE YOU
I started working in mental health services in 2004 and have worked in a range of services, such as forensic secure services, community mental health teams, acute services, and services for those diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and those struggling to cope with bereavement.
My interests are in helping those struggling with mental health difficulties to find a path to a place where they can feel more comfortable within themselves and potentially with others around them.
I have received further training in many areas such, as eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). In addition, to this I have been trained in many modes of therapy, from CBT, CAT, systemic, psychodynamic and can adapt my approach to support your needs and requirements.
A significant advantage of seeing a Clinical Psychologist (rather than a counsellor or therapist who adopts one specific approach) is that during our training we are supervised in the application of numerous therapeutic approaches and therefore can integrate them to complement the individual's unique needs. This 'integrative approach' can be beneficial because someone who experiences complex difficulties may not be suited to one particular therapeutic model alone.
Therapy sessions usually last one hour, and take place weekly. However, if someone wants therapy to take place less frequently, this can also be explored. The first 1-2 sessions involve an assessment of the individual's difficulties, after which we come to a 'formulation' or agreed understanding of the problem. At this point, the client and myself make collaborative decisions about the best way forward in terms of therapy and the number of sessions this may take. It may be that the client wants to take time to consider their options, or they may decide to begin therapy.