Following an honours degree in Psychology, my professional career spanned both psychological research and practice, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Postgraduate research was spent exploring the effects of early harsh discipline on adult mental health and it was around this time in 2002 that I began training to work with couples. This was where I was introduced to psychosexual therapy and was drawn to it immediately. I decided to focus my career in this area and went on to gain valuable experience working within three Relate centres (London, Cambridge and Essex) and within my own independent practice in North London.
Life took me to Scotland early in 2007, where I established a private practice specialising in sexual and relationship therapy here in Broughty Ferry, expanding my practice to Aberdeen in April 2012 both privately and then joining Relationships Scotland to work with NHS referrals. I have extensive experience of working with couples and individuals experiencing sexual and relationship difficulties.
In 2012 I began my doctoral studies so that I could enhance my skills and broaden my practice, qualifying in 2016 as a counselling psychologist. My experience in this area involves working within the NHS, educational and third sector organisations, with individuals, couples, young people and families. I also have valuable experience of working within a specialist NHS psychological trauma department. I currently continue to practice as a counselling psychologist within an NHS mental health setting. My research interests, however, have changed and now lie in the area of sexuality.
As a counselling psychologist, I work in an integrative, relational and attachment focused way. Integrative to me means having a main theoretical orientation (a cognitive-behavioural or CBT framework) but also drawing on a number of other evidence-based psychological approaches depending on you and what you would like to achieve. This allows me to work flexibly across modalities, with individuals, couples and families. An attachment perspective assumes that basic emotional needs of security and support must be adequately met in order for people to learn and develop, therefore a priority is to provide a secure base from which to explore change. Relational to me means being flexible and reflexive, mindful of the network of relationships into which we are all intertwined. My aim is to make therapeutic practice collaborative and engaged ethically with each person as a unique human being.
- Doctorate (DPsych) Counselling Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University) 2016
- Diploma (DipPST) Psychosexual Therapy (Relate Central) 2006
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Goldsmiths, University of London) 1998
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-Processing (EMDR)
- Schema Therapy (Schema Therapy Scotland)
- Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision (British Psychological Society)
- Foundation in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (Family Therapy Training Network in collaboration with a government funded pilot project – ‘Family Matters’ at Avenue – Relationships Scotland)
- Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy (The Porterbrook NHS Clinic, Sheffield)
- Systemic Couple Counselling (Relate Central)
- Foundation in Psychodynamic Marital & Couple Counselling (London Marriage Guidance)
- Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
- Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).