I have worked extensively with individuals and families who are coping with severe and enduring mental illness within the NHS. This includes Psychosis, Bipolar and also Schizo-affective Disorder.
Latterly, I have worked in a specialist personality disorder service. I have also helped with depression, trauma phobias, anxiety and OCD as well as problems with addiction (I am very interested in virtual gambling and helping those with internet gambling issues) as well as relationships.
As someone interested in systems, I also take a strong interest in teams and how they function and can offer supervision to teams to help them resolve issues of burnout and ‘stuckness’.
My approach is eclectic. I draw extensively from systemic ways of looking at problems, and try to help individuals or groups identify repeating patterns of interaction which can result in the presenting issue never changing or never improving.
I will however, use evidence based cognitive behavioural (CBT) techniques to help individuals tackle specific types of distress. I also work with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder mainly by using Eye movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).
I am very mindful of attachment theory and will always consider the unique history of each individual or family that I work with and how early relationships act as a powerful filter which can help or hinder psychological distress. I use family trees (Genograms) a lot in my work, as it’s a way to get a really good understanding of someone in a short period of time.
The effectiveness of psychology is measured not only by the sessions themselves but what participants then go on to do differently as a result of them. I am thus always driven by real world behavioural change no matter what approach is decided upon. I work compassionately and collaboratively and take a strictly non judgemental approach to whatever may be felt or experienced.
I generally see people for between 10 and 16 sessions. I am, however, happy to see clients or groups for fewer.
I will suggest the approach based on the issue. The approaches are informed by NICE evidence (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines.
I am bound by the BPS code of ethics and standards regarding confidentiality and privacy which can be found here: British Psychological Society Code of Ethics
And also the Health Care and Professions Council regarding my behaviour and practice.
HCPC Registration number: PYL02279
Modalities: Counselling Psychologist