Occupational Therapist / Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BSc Hons Behavioural Sciences, PG Dip OT & PG Dip CBT
I am CBT and EMDR Therapist with a special interest in, and extensive experience of, supporting individuals during the perinatal period (during pregnancy and following birth). I am passionate about working with women and their partners in the perinatal period.
I initially trained as an Occupational Therapist, qualifying in 1999. I moved into working in the field of mental health as an OT in 2000 and have worked in mental health consistently since that time.
Following developing an interest in psychological intervention and learning the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy practice, I later trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2010-2011.
I have undertaken training in Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and qualified as an EMDR Therapist in 2021.
I have over 20 years of mental health experience, working in the NHS in both primary and secondary care mental health services. I have 13 years’ experience of working in an IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). During that time, I had a perinatal lead role in IAPT for several years, and I delivered individual and group CBT, and individual EMDR.
As well as my private therapy practice, I currently work in the NHS in 2 separate teams. Within my current NHS roles, I work as a Perinatal CBT Therapist in a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team, and I work as a Specialist CBT Therapist in a Birth Trauma Service.
The main therapies I offer are CBT and EMDR, and my treatment is informed by Compassion Focussed Therapy. I also incorporate elements of Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into my core practice.
I have experience of working with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and low self-esteem.
I have regular supervision in line with good practice guidelines and attend training events to ensure that my knowledge is kept up to date.
I hold professional insurance, and practice within the codes of ethical and professional practice of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Brighton University, 1999
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, Oxford University, 2011
EMDR parts 1,2 & 3 with Richman EMDR Training, accredited training fully approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E), 2021
Accredited Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)