About Me

I received my first degree in philosophy (MA) from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and then converted to psychology with an MSc Psychology from the University of Essex in 2001. After working in research for a few years I commenced a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2008. I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

I have worked as a clinical psychologist in a variety of NHS settings, from primary care to national specialist hospitals. I currently hold the position of Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Gynaecological Oncology team at University College London Hospitals.

Approaches I Use — My approach to therapy is pluralistic, meaning I believe that there are many potentially useful approaches to helping people. I have received training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness, Mentalisation Based Therapy and Person-Centred Counselling. I use these therapies individually or in combination, depending on the needs and preferences of the individual.

My particular areas of expertise are:

  • Mood difficulties (which might have led to a diagnosis of depression)
  • Anxiety
  • Physical ill health (cancer, chronic pain and other long term conditions, including cases where no specific cause has been found)
  • Palliative care and bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties which might have led to a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome)

Whilst many people find personal meaning and/or practical use in psychiatric diagnoses, I am aware that many others find these terms unhelpful or even damaging. I will work with you to find language which describes your individual experiences, and which always takes into account the context in which you live.

I am also an experienced clinical supervisor. Please see the Clinical Supervision page.