My interests in psychology and mental health began 11 years ago. Following my Psychology Degree I began working for the NHS and training at Doctoral level to become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. My aim was to be be able to practically apply psychological theory and research to help people to achieve emotional well being and enhance their quality of life.
Since 2012 I have worked in a variety of NHS psychology services, offering talking therapy and emotional support to individuals, couples and families. For the last 5 years I have specialised in supporting people with long-term physical health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Fibromyalgia and bowel conditions (e.g. IBS and IBD). Alongside my work with Heal.Feel.Connect. I continue to work part-time for an NHS hospital in Swindon, supporting people with experiences of cancer, intensive care and acute illness.
After discovering a personal benefit to mindfulness meditation in 2014 I decided to pursue formal training in the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses - John Kabat-Zin's gold standard mindfulness intervention. Employing these approaches with people in groups and during one-to-one therapy has further convinced me of the benefits of mindfulness for mental and physical health and I enjoy being able to share this wonderful and refreshing way of living with others.
Through teaching mindfulness and working with people with physical health conditions, I continue to learn a lot about the importance of looking after our bodies as well as our minds in order to achieve overall well being. Wanting to take a more holistic approach encouraged me to train as a Massage Therapist and pay greater attention to the interconnected rhythm of our minds and bodies.
Doctorate Degree (ClinPsyD) - Chartered Clinical Psychologist - The University of Hull.
Undergraduate Degree - BSc Psychology - The University of York.
Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR) - Trained by Mindfulness UK.
ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage - Trained by The Cotswold Academy.
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist.
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) - Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology & Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care (SIGOPAC).
Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
I also adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines published by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.
Being regulated by these these organisations means that I commit to following professional and ethical codes of conduct. Practically, this involves me having regular clinical supervision, continually updating my skills, only offering interventions that have been shown to be effective and practising with appropriate insurance in place.
Callebaut, L., Molyneux, P., & Alexander, T. (2016). The Relationship Between Self-Blame for the Onset of a Chronic Physical Health Condition and Emotional Distress: A Systematic Literature Review. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24, 965-986.