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I have been qualified as Chartered Clinical Psychologist for over 20 years and Consultant since 2004. I was Clinical Lead of the one of the largest IAPT services (adult primary care service) in London for 6 years. I have worked in NHS research, primary & secondary care and in community mental health with severe and enduring mental illness for over 25 years. In addition I have worked in the private sector both in my own practice and as an employee of The Priory, Roehampton.
Since 2012 I have provided comprehensive psychological assessment reports and accept instructions for the purposes of litigation directly from solicitors and medical agency intermediaries. I belong to a national network of psychologists providing this service and can recommend highly qualified professionals across the country.
In my private practice I specialise in the assessment and cognitive behavioural therapy treatment of adult mental health problems such as and amongst others, the anxiety disorders and depression.
Although I am trained in and practise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), my training as a Clinical Psychologist means I have experience and knowledge of a range of therapies. On completion of the assessment I am happy to give my opinion on the problems described, a diagnosis if appropriate and discuss what type of therapy would be helpful. If in my opinion CBT would be helpful I can offer treatment. However if I believe a specialist or another type of therapy is indicated I am happy to give advice on what might be more suitable and refer on to trusted colleagues.
Health Professions Council (HPC: PYL03697).
ICO Registration reference: ZA007311
British Psychological Society (BPS: 36597), Division of Clinical Psychology
British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP: 975733)
2007 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis PGdip
Kings College & Institute of Psychiatry, London
2003 Doctorate in Psychology PsychD
University of Surrey
1996 MSc Clinical Psychology
University College London
1988 BSc Psychology
University College London
CBT is a structured, active and collaborative form of treatment which focusses on thoughts and behaviours to bring about change. It is a talking therapy that looks at:
Thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all linked. If you think upsetting thoughts, then upset will follow and you are likely to do engage in behaviours that increase the thoughts and strengthens the feelings. To summarise, a vicious circle. The vicious circle can however be broken by changing the way we think and act.
In making links between what we do, think and feel, CBT can help us make changes in the way we think (cognitions) and what we do (behaviours). Making changes in what we think and do can make us feel better.
Whilst it can be helpful to discuss the past and understand how this has influenced our lives and how the problems have come about, CBT mainly focusses on looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing now and making positive steps for the future. So, it is not the event which causes our emotions but how we interpret the event, what we think or what meaning we give that event or situation.
Therapy can be adapted to the nature, severity and complexity of the problem. Mild to moderate problems can be effectively treated by a relatively short course of treatment (e.g. 6 to 16).
I am registered with the main health insurance suppliers: BUPA, VITALITY, AXA PPP etc