I specialise in providing psychological therapy foranxiety problems,psychological trauma, and depression. Common problems people attend with are, recurrent panic attacks, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety difficulties, phobias, and post-traumatic stress. These types of common problems can occur at any stage in a person’s life. Sometimes such problems appear to occur as if ‘out of the blue’, without a clear trigger or reason. While for others they can result from stressful life events, traumatic experiences, or sometimes following a physical illness or when one has to live with a chronic health problem.
While most people who come to see me have identified specific problems that they would like to overcome, for others it is sometimes hard for them to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. It may be that their personal relationships are strained or because they are worrying excessively and feel quite unhappy and they can’t seem to figure out the reason why or how to make it better. When this is the case the first place to start is to make sense of what is happening and then, if it is appropriate, commence a course of psychological therapy to address and overcome the problems identified.
To enable clients to overcome the problems they are attending for I employ evidence-based psychotherapy.
I draw upon and use a number of psychological therapy approaches in my work. The main approach I use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT).
The reason I most often use CBT is that it is proven to be an effective therapy for a number of common psychological problems. However, I realise that people are inherently complex and their problems unique, therefore I always tailor therapy to a client's individual needs so as to best support them to overcome the difficulties they are experiencing.
Qualifications and experience
I am a qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist. I trained at Queen’s University Belfast, and since completing my clinical training I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Hospitals in Belfast, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the Maudsley Hospital, London.