I am a clinical psychologist with particular expertise in using CBT for patients with long-term health conditions.
I work alongside patients to help them identify and change unhelpful ways of thinking and reacting and try out more helpful approaches. My aim is to teach people a set of skills to help them live as well as they can with/despite their diagnoses.
I work with patients with skin cancer and have undertaken Palliative Care studies to PostGrad Diploma level. In the past I have worked with patients with audiological problems, including tinnitus and progressive hearing loss, head injury, neurological diagnoses and memory loss. I have also worked as part of a multi-disciplinary chronic pain management service.
I am keen to develop the proactive use of CBT techniques to promote well-being, particularly amongst health professionals. This includes working on awareness and expansion of personal coping styles to enable early identification and management of symptoms of stress.
Prior to training as a clinical psychologist, I worked as a lecturer in learning disabilities at the University of Kent at Canterbury. There I taught on a diploma course for staff working with people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.