My Qualifications and Background
I am a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am also registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist. I abide by the ethical guidelines of both the BPS and the HCPC. I have also been a senior lecturer for a number of years at London Metropolitan University, teaching clinical skills on the Professional Doctorate In Counselling Psychology training course. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and see trainee therapists for both personal therapy and supervision.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked extensively within the performing arts world and many of my clients are actors, dancers and musicians struggling with performance related anxiety or the highs and lows of an unpredictable and often fluctuating career path. As a former actor, I understand only too well the stresses and pressures of auditioning, coping financially with short or intermittent employment and juggling the many demands of a creative working life.
NHS and private work
Within the NHS, I have worked with a wide variety of patient groups including 7 years working within a clinical health psychology setting, seeing clients with chronic pain, disability and illness. I set up the first group for patients with chronic pain in Haringey and have experience of working with women's health issues such as PCOS, fertility and cancer. I have a particular interest in the field of women's health and have knowledge and experience of working with women struggling to manage the peri menopause/menopause and PMS.
Alongside over 15 years of work in the private sector with general adult mental health, I also have experience of working with young adults (seventeen years and above) and some of my practice is with young people struggling to manage with A levels, university and transition from their primary home environment. As a senior lecturer at a London university with a very diverse population of students, I have an acute understanding of the challenges of college life and academic study.
Within my private practice, I see clients with a wide range of presenting concerns from anxiety and depression through to panic, low self esteem, performance anxiety, body image issues, bereavement and life adjustment. I have a warm and interactive style and many of my clients come back to me at various times, when new life events necessitate the need for further support. I encourage this level of flexibility and believe that a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship can be the foundation for ongoing and life enhancing change.
I am a registered provider of psychological services for many insurance companies such as Bupa, Aviva, PPP/AXA, Pru Health and Cigna.