Clinical Work

As a qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I work with children, adolescents and their families. This work includes assessments, interventions and consultation for a wide range of difficulties and challenges that young people face. I’m experienced in delivering a variety of evidenced based therapies, and will always discuss the appropriate intervention with the young person and their family following a full assessment of their needs.

Since qualifying as a psychologist I have worked with children and adolescents in a number of different settings, both in the community and in inpatient services.

During this time I have worked with a wide range of difficulties including, but not limited to:

  • Self-harming

  • Anger and Emotional Regulation Difficulties

  • Low self esteem /Low Mood/Depression

  • Traumatic experiences

  • Problems with anxiety (e.g. social anxiety, school refusal, phobias, separation anxiety)

  • Hearing voices/ or seeing things other can’t

  • Youth offending (e.g. violence, theft, displaying worrying or harmful sexual behaviour)

  • Working with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome after diagnosis

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Loss/Bereavement and processing major changes at home or at school

I am experienced in finding the best approach for the young person and their family. This can include individual work, family sessions, working with the parents or a combination of all of these. My choice of therapy model is always based on the young person’s needs. I can provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness, Mentalization and an integrative approach when required.

I also provide consultation and training to schools, colleges and other agencies who want to know more about the impact of these difficulties on young people and what they can do to support them. This includes consultation and teaching on certain topics as well as consultation sessions focusing on a particular young person and their difficulties.

Talking about difficulties that are effecting our emotions, thinking, relationships and day to day life, is never easy. I often have young people ask me, why would I talk to a stranger? My response to this is that therapy provides a safe space to share what you are going through. All of us worry about how our friends and family might react to what we are thinking and feeling; we don’t want them to worry, be upset, or treat us differently. This is why most of the young people I have worked with have reported finding it helpful to have a regular space with their psychologist. They describe it is as a space that can be challenging, but one that allows you to work through your difficulties in a supportive and non-judgemental way.