I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
, which is the national regulator for psychologists in Britain, and I have Chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
and I am on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. I have a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Supervision of Applied Psychological Practice from the University of Oxford.
I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland
. I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
. I am also a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist. I have a first class BSc (Hons.) degree in psychology from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Health and Social Care Practice (Short-term CBT) from the University of York and Foundation Level Training in Family and Systemic Therapy from the University of Leeds. If you would like to confirm my status or to find out more about the professional organisations to which I belong please click on the links above. I have 17 years post-qualification experience working in the NHS and in private practice which has involved offering assessments and psychotherapy and supervising other professionals. I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office. My clinic in Bedford is easily accessible from Milton Keynes and St Neots. I offer EMDR, CBT, Mindfulness and Clinical Supervision.
If you have any questions about my training, qualifications or experience please feel free to ask me. CONTACT ME
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Areas of Specialism
I am experienced as a psychotherapist and psychologist and I specialise in working with trauma. This may be recent trauma such as road traffic collisions, industrial accidents and experiences in combat or complex trauma including childhood physical and sexual abuse or attachment trauma. I also work with people experiencing anxiety, stress, phobias, bullying, agoraphobia, panic, depression (including post-natal depression), irritability, sleep disturbance, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, difficulties with assertiveness, mood swings, irritability, bereavement, loss, abortion, miscarriage, divorce and relationship break-up, issues relating to identity, sexuality, relationship difficulties, family conflict, and neglect, work related issues, issues relating to spirituality, physical disability, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, long-term illness, pain, and physical illness for which there is no identified biological cause. I use a range of therapeutic approaches so that therapy is tailored to the needs of each person. Click here
to read more about the therapies I offer.
I believe that a therapeutic relationship of trust and collaboration is at the heart of psychotherapy. Successful therapy involves finding a way of thinking together about whatever difficulties are present and discovering choices about possible ways forward. My work is informed by a knowledge of current research and what types of psychotherapy and interventions are effective for specific problems and ways of being in the world. I consider that choice is very important and I therefore offer a range of therapies: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. I also offer Clinical Supervision to a range of health professionals. I am committed to my own learning and Continuing Professional Development and attend additional trainings on a regular basis. I also seek feedback from clients and supervisees in order to improve and develop the service I offer.