B.A., M.A. (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psychol., C.Psychol.
I am a chartered clinical psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families, where they are facing a range of difficulties.
I also work with adults and couples, as well as offering supervision to professionals, and consultation and training to organisations.
With more than 30 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist in a number of different settings, I have worked extensively with a variety of issues and challenges impacting on people’s lives and relationships.
"I believe in the capacity of individuals, couples and families to utilise the strengths and resources they have with the support and expertise of someone who is non-judgemental, knowledgeable and supportive."
I am committed to working in partnership with people to develop collaborative working relationships which are strength-based and solution-focussed. I believe in the capacity of people to utilise their own strengths and resources with the support of a therapeutic approach which is non-judgemental, informed and evidence-based.
All sorts of challenges can cause life to get off track and when that happens, it can be extremely hard to turn things around again.
I believe that therapy is most helpful when someone feels listened to and supported to tackle the challenges which may be impacting on their lives and relationships. I work with people to arrive at a shared understanding of the issues they want to address and agreed goals which feel reasonable and achievable.
I have extensive experience in assessing and working therapeutically with a variety of presenting difficulties across ages. I have training and expertise in a range of models of psychological therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative/Systemic Therapy.
I have been working as a clinical psychologist for 30 years in a variety of health settings with both children and adults. I have worked in the NHS for more than 20 years, 15 of those as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with children, young people and families in CAMHS in Surrey. As Surrey CAMHS Lead Psychologist, I was responsible for the development and delivery of psychological services, and for the professional management and clinical supervision of the psychologists within the service. I also spent five years as Associate Director of Therapies for Children and Young People’s Services.
I am a clinical psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
I received my B.A. and M.A. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I also obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the same university.
ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATED BODIES
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS), Reg. No. 70333
Health and Care Professions Council, Registered Clinical Psychologist, Reg. No. PYL16738
Registered Supervisor (BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors)
Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
Division of Clinical Psychology, BPS
Faculty for Children, Young People & their Families, BPS
Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice
CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES
Families face a whole range of challenges in trying to navigate modern life. For children there are the tasks of growing up and managing pressures and expectations associated with school, exams, social media, bullying and relationships. For parents and carers there are the tasks of trying to steer children out of harm’s way, supporting them in their development and negotiating issues of independence, trust and responsibility.
I work with children and young people individually and when helpful together with parents/carers and family members.
The types of concerns might include:
Worry and anxiety, fears and phobias
Low mood and depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, compulsive behaviours and habits
Managing school and exam stress
Managing the impact of bullying and coping with social media pressures
Challenging, oppositional and defiant behaviours
Self-harming (and self-destructive) behaviours
Issues related to developmental disorders including Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD and dyspraxia
Challenges associated with parenting
Family relationships and tensions
Impact of parental separation and divorce
Challenges associated with Learning Disabilities and complex needs
Bereavement and loss
Attachment and trauma
Coping with physical conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pain
Early childhood difficulties including sleep, feeding and toileting
Issues, questions or concerns around sexual identity and preference
ADULTS AND COUPLES
Whilst I have worked primarily in CAMHS settings in in the NHS, my previous and more recent experience includes many years of working with adults. I have regularly worked with parents and carers as couples and as individuals in their own right.
For couples work there is the option of joint therapy sessions together with my wife and Associate, Debbie Kissack (Family/Systemic Psychotherapist).
The types of concerns and difficulties I work with include:
Anxiety and excessive worry, phobias and fears
Low mood and depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and compulsive behaviours
Stress including work-related stress
Bereavement and loss
Impact of early life experiences
Challenges associated with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
CONSULTATION, TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
Together with my associates, I am able to offer consultation, supervision and training to meet a range of organisational needs. I have delivered training and provided consultation to GPs, parents and carers (including adoptive and foster parents), teachers, health visitors, school nurses and Social Care staff, as well as lecturing for a number of years on the Surrey Clinical Psychology doctorate programme.
I also have a wealth of experience as a professional supervisor and I am a registered supervisor with the British Psychological Society.
Areas of training include:
Working with Deliberate Self-harm and Risk
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Working with challenging behaviour and complex needs
Staff support packages include:
Managing Organisational Change and Service Re-design
Goal-setting and problem-solving
Mediation and Negotiation
Supervision is available for individual practitioners and staff groups.
Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.
To Young People Considering Therapy
I believe in working alongside young people in an open and honest manner.
I will respect your views and make every effort to understand what might be troubling you. It is important that I do what I can to ensure that you are able to feel listened to and empowered to tackle the things that might be getting in the way of you enjoying and moving on with life.
The idea of talking to a therapist might feel scary, daunting, embarrassing, or any number of other emotions. You might feel that no-one will get it or understand you; you might be cautious about being judged, criticised or told what to do; you might be concerned about the privacy of what you talk about; it may be that someone else wants you to come more than you do. We will openly discuss any issues or worries and agree the work we do together, including confidentiality.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG ARE THE APPOINTMENTS?
Sessions are usually 50 minutes long, but this may be adapted to meet your needs and the goals of therapy. Initial assessment appointments would usually be 75 minutes.
HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?
You do not have to commit to a specific number of appointments. We would discuss the number of sessions required to achieve your goals, but at any time, you can choose to discontinue therapy.
WHAT WILL BE INVOLVED?
Initially a telephone conversation and/or e-mail exchange can be a useful way to clarify any queries you might have, to discuss what can be offered and next steps. An initial assessment appointment is an opportunity to identify specific concerns, to develop a shared understanding of these and to agree goals for therapy.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
We will review the usefulness of sessions on a regular basis. You can change your mind at any time about your goals, the approach being taken or whether to continue with therapy. It is essential that you feel comfortable with the therapist you see and feel jointly in control of the process.
CAN I TRY IT OUT FIRST?
An initial conversation is a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have whilst the initial appointment ensures you will be clear about what further contact might involve. You do not have to commit to attending any specific number of sessions and can discontinue therapy at any time.
WHERE AND WHEN COULD I BE SEEN?
Appointments can be offered at consulting rooms in Guildford and Leatherhead (please see contact section for details). I offer appointments on most days throughout the week and some evenings.
HOW DO I KNOW IT WILL BE HELPFUL?
There is a large body of research which identifies the effectiveness of different therapies for specific difficulties. The National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) also provides guidelines for many areas of mental health and emotional wellbeing. In keeping with my professional code of ethics, I will discuss with you what is likely to be the most helpful approach and throughout our contact, we will routinely review progress.
IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Given the personal and sensitive nature of what people bring and discuss in therapy, it is essential that they feel confident in the professionalism of the therapist they are seeing and informed about confidentiality. The content of sessions remains strictly confidential, except in specific circumstances such as where there is a legal requirement to share details or where information may indicate a risk of harm to someone. In such instances there would always be an open discussion about this.
As a chartered and registered psychologist, I am bound by professional ethics, a code of conduct and professional standards. In my practice, I am accountable to both my professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the UK regulatory body, the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
I am required to have regular professional supervision and to undertake continuing professional development to ensure that my practice is of a high standard and is informed by new developments in Clinical Psychology and therapeutic practice.
FEES AND PAYMENT
Initial Assessment Session (usually about 75 minutes): £155
Further Therapy (consultation) sessions (50 minutes): £120
Payment is by cheque or cash at the end of each session.
I am a registered provider with a number of health insurance companies, including BUPA, AXA-PPP and Aviva.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
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