Having qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 at Newcastle University, I have gained extensive experience within the NHS. I have worked with adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties and emotional distress.
My role has included extensive experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties and those with neurodegenerative conditions, as well as people who can benefit from focused, time-limited therapeutic interventions.
I draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT). I develop a shared psychological understanding of the person’s unique story and the difficulties they are facing.
This understanding forms the basis for working collaboratively on difficult patterns of thinking that can fuel emotional difficulties. This thereby begins the journey to recovery.
It is my belief that creating a safe, comfortable space for people is central to recovery and healing. I aim to create this atmosphere based on empathy, trust and compassionate attention.
In addition, I am a trained as a mindfulness teacher. I use mindfulness and MBCT as part of individually tailored interventions to aid recovery and progress. An essential element of teaching MBCT is to ‘teach from experience’. As a result, I also practice mindfulness on a daily basis in order to be able to share the benefits of this approach with others.
We carry out rigorous checks and vet all our therapists before they join the team. They must meet with our high standards of professional specification which includes:
This means that the mental health professional you see will be qualified, experienced and competent.
We are a private mental health clinic and have a number of therapists with different specialities. Because of this, we can offer therapies to help with a wide range of mental health issues from Anxiety to PTSD and child psychology.
First, we carry out a triage step during a 15-minute free initial telephone consultation. Depending on the challenges you’re facing, we will then recommend a counsellor, CBT therapist or clinical psychologist.
We also have clinic locations throughout the North, so there is usually one not too far from you.
As a result, we can usually offer an appointment quickly and at a time and place convenient for you. But, above all, tailored to your needs.