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My passion for understanding people naturally led me to a career in psychology. Throughout doctoral training and clinical experience, I have developed an in depth understanding of both the conscious and unconscious mind. I endeavour to help my clients develop this same passion for understanding themselves.
I take an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailoring evidence-based theories to meet the needs of the person sat in front of me; meeting you 'where you are'. Predominantly, I draw from psychodynamic and trauma informed models but pay much attention to the therapeutic relationship, as this is consistently shown to be one of the most important predictors of positive growth.
There is no denying that life can be extremely challenging; but with resilience, self-acceptance and purpose, we can learn to ride the inevitable 'ups and downs' and create something worth getting up for.
Understandably, it can be anxiety provoking when embarking on a therapeutic journey. We are often taught to 'keep a lid on things', possibly through fear that we cannot tolerate what we may find inside.
I encourage my clients to find the joy in self-discovery, even when inevitably faced with parts that we may not like. It is this authentic relationship with Self that I believe is so important in allowing you to lead a fulfilling life. For this reason, I highlight the importance of creating a safe, trusting and confidential space for my clients.
I take great pleasure in watching my clients develop their understanding, beginning to work with rather than against themselves. My guiding values center around curiosity, connection and direction.
I have experience working with a wide range of people in a variety of settings including the National Health Service (NHS), charity organisations and private companies. I have supported young people, families, couples, adults and older adults with both short and long term goals. Utilising a range of psychometric tests, I have conducted specialist assessments for learning needs, gender identity and general mental health. I am the Clinical Director for a holistic health retreat in the peak district, a centre which integrates mind, body and spirit.
My background enables me to support people across the mental health spectrums, but I have a particular interest in supporting people with matters relating to identity, trauma and anxiety. I have engaged in additional post qualification training in these areas and continue to expand my understanding through regular continued professional development. I pay much attention to the interaction between the individual and the wider context, allowing me to 'step into your world' and offer interventions tailored to your unique situation.
I have undertaken specialist training in the area of gender identity and continue to endeavour to provide therapeutic support to those across the gender spectrum; including an interest in the psychology of men and masculinity, with my doctoral thesis being focused on this area. Please note - I do not provide assessment or medical opinions for those who are in the process of a gender transition. I provide therapeutic support only.
Qualifications and certifications:
DClinPsy (The University of Hull)
BSc Psychology (The University of York, 1st Class Hons)
ADOS-2 (Autism assessment training)
Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops and courses (please ask for more information regarding titles)
HCPC Number: PYL039050
EMDR Association Member UK
The Northern Gender Network (www.northerngendernetwork.co.uk)