My belief in the power of psychological work (and 'talking therapies') was cemented whilst working with teenagers as a Residential Social Worker in a children's home 20 years ago. I went on to complete an MSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex before working as a Clinical Studies Officer and a Research Worker at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. During this time I gained experience of working with adults with severe and enduring mental health issues in both community and inpatient settings.
My clinical psychology doctoral training was completed at Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University where I carried out research into Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and self-compassion and trained in a number of therapeutic models across specialities and client groups (for example Psychodynamic, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with young people and adults).
After completing my clinical psychology training I worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Consultant providing consultation, training, supervision and therapy in a variety of settings. Since having children I have focused my work on supervision, research and writing and am especially interested in helping people find and nurture their own resilience and self-compassion so that they can live the most fulfilled life possible.
A few years ago I supervised a doctoral thesis on maternal psychological well-being partly based on the contents of a book I wrote (Self-Kindness for Mums) which was developed into an online self-help intervention. The paper resulting from that research is available in the journal Mindfulness (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01306-9). I am currently supervising a doctoral thesis on the representation of mental health issues in literature.
I work in an integrative way drawing on various modalities, theories and evidence based research to tailor work to individual needs and goals. I am interested in collaborative writing projects and supervising or consulting on research projects related to my work so please get in touch if you think we could work together.