I qualified as a Counselling Psychologist nearly 15 years ago. I’ve primarily worked with people who have had very difficult and traumatic life experiences and are in a lot of emotional pain. Being able to help them to reduce their pain and have happier and more fulfilling lives has kept me motivated and passionate about being a therapist. I use an integrative approach which can include; CBT, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and EMDR. I always adapt my approach to the person.
I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleagues once described me as natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.
I grew up in Ireland but moved to England as an adult. I am very active and love most sports. I started windsurfing a few years ago which I really enjoy, although still have a lot to learn!
More recently, I have become a foster carer. This has been incredibly challenging but amazing and has really helped me to better understand and relate to young people as well as some of the challenges for parents.
At the British CBT & Counselling Service, we are Doctors of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychologists & CBT Therapists specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults and children.
We can help anyone experiencing all types of mental health problems including addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship problems, stress and other distressing emotional problems.
For a more detailed list visit our Problems page.