Who do you work with?
I work with individuals from age 18 years up who want to make changes to improve their health and well-being. In respect of women's health, I work with women approaching and moving through midlife and the menopause transition. Typically, this will include women in their 40’s and 50’s; but this can also apply to women who have had an early menopause. I am based in the UK, but I may be able to work with you even if you are not – contact me to check.
What is a clinical health psychologist?
A clinical health psychologist is trained to doctoral level and has extensive experience working in a healthcare setting supporting patients with mental health and physical health care issues. They are trained to use psychological theory and evidence-based approaches to ease psychological distress and promote health and psychological well-being.
How do I know if your service is right for me?
I offer a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation where we can discuss your needs and see if I might be the right person to help. Click here to book a call.
I feel depressed, anxious and knackered, how will lifestyle change help me?
The mind, brain and body are dynamic interacting systems. We can work with the mind to help reduce and resolve emotional distress, but to feel well and have a positive sense of well-being, we need to take a holistic approach, treating your whole system: mind, brain and body. By focusing on lifestyle change first, processes that have been knocked out of balance, that might maintain symptoms of low mood for example, can be reset. Often, we can feel better, much faster, by taking a whole system approach and learning to work with, instead of against, our biology. This is particularly important during the peri/menopause, where mood disturbance, anxiety and fatigue are prevalent symptoms.
Do you treat mental health conditions?
I treat symptoms of emotional and psychological distress predominantly through my process of helping people adopt more healthy lifestyle choices. Where a person is struggling to make a healthy choice or change due to trauma or past experiences holding them back, I will work to help them resolve those issues. I do not treat mental health conditions in isolation of lifestyle change; the exception to this is where a person has experienced a recent, single traumatic event.
How do I know I am in safe hands?
I am a statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist; this is a protected title and guarantees a standard of professionalism and training that you can have confidence in. I have a first degree in psychology, two doctorate degrees and extensive experience of working as a practitioner psychologist both in the NHS and private practice. I was independently assessed by the British Psychological Society in 2015, as meeting the standard of consultant in clinical health psychology. I receive regular supervision and I am highly committed to continued professional development.
Can I work with you in person?
All my clinical work is conducted remotely by video call or telephone. I do not offer in person consultations. I have completed additional training to offer therapy online.
What do I need to work with you online?
You will need a comfortable space, without interruption, and a good internet connection (with a download and upload speed of at least 2mbps). Check your internet speed here: https://www.speedtest.net/
I use Zoom and Bilateral base for video calls. You do not need to have an account to connect with me in this way. I will send you a link by email 15 minutes before your session is due to start. At the time of your session, you simply click the link to access the session.