I am passionate about supporting people to work through their difficulties in a person-centred way, drawing on different therapeutic models that best complement an individual’s own skills to help reach their goals. I have experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and a wide range of emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, phobias, difficulties managing emotions, difficulties associated with significant life changes or with traumatic experiences.
Primarily, I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in my therapeutic work. I also draw on aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) where useful in helping to understand a person’s experiences, conceptualise their difficulties, and explore how to move forward towards their goals. Regardless of the type of therapy, for me the therapeutic relationship is key to helping us work through the difficulties you are experiencing. An effective therapeutic relationship helps us work collaboratively to explore, process, and overcome difficulties in a way that feels safe, containing, and validating.
In addition to my clinical work, I have considerable research experience, with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Dundee in addition to my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.