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About

Since graduating with a BSc Hons in Psychology in 2000 I have helped to improve the lives of many children and their families. I gained my doctorate and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2007. I have extensive experience working within the NHS with children, young people, families and support networks with a huge range of different experiences, cultures, values and beliefs.

I am committed to providing an extremely high quality of service and expert care, which is tailored to the specific needs of the child and their family. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and the Health & Care Professions Council, both of which require very high standards in terms of training, professional skills and behaviour.

I also have specialist training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, Sensory Integration, from Sleep Scotland, and in specific behaviour management approaches.

I draw from several evidence-based models of psychotherapy to meet the specific needs of children, families, carers and professionals. These include:

Behavioural

This model helps to develop an understanding of the reasons for the occurrence and persistence of undesirable behaviours. Children, families and teachers are encouraged to make changes to the environment and the way they respond, so that these behaviours can be replaced with ones that are more desirable.

Cognitive-Behavioural

This model helps to develop an understanding of how the way people think affects their feelings and behaviours. It is possible for people to change their thoughts to improve their feelings and change their behaviour. Sometimes those with a learning disability or autism can find it very difficult to access their thoughts. However, it is still possible to use a cognitive-behavioural approach with these individuals, their families and support networks in order to help improve their own as well as their family and carers’ lives.

Systemic

This model helps people to understand situations through the beliefs and patterns of behaviour within the relationships and interactions of families and support networks.

Solution Focused

This approach encourages people to focus on the present, the future, goals and solutions to help them make changes to improve their lives.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be used to treat a wide range of psychological issues including trauma, anxiety, phobias and low mood and can also reduce the experience of pain. It aims to help people to effectively reprocess difficult events which may have led to emotionally charged memories being stored. This can lead to resolution of ongoing psychological issues. It is a useful approach to use with people who find talking about events difficult, and this may include younger children and those with learning disabilities.