After completing my first degree in Psychology I subsequently worked for several years within NHS Clinical Psychology Services in South Lanarkshire and West Lothian. More recently I completed a Master of Science in Psychological Therapy (CBT) at Dundee & Stirling Universities, training within Clinical Psychology Services at NHS Lothian.
I have experience of working with a wide array of difficulties such as anxiety, self-esteem problems, issues with assertiveness, stress-management, weight-management, insomnia, bereavement, adapting to life changes, depression, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias. I have a particular interest in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, and in Positive Psychology. I also have additional training in Motivational Interviewing, and Schema-Focused Therapy.
Although I have primarily been working within NHS Clinical Psychological Services over the past ten years, I have a background in nursing and teaching. I believe that all of my working experience helps me in working together with clients to understand their difficulties and find ways to overcome them. In terms of helping clients to achieve their personal goals, I work together with them in a collaborative, structured and supportive way. The therapy I practise, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), is an evidence-based therapy which can help people to make postive changes in their lives by identifying and exploring unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and working together to alter these.
CBT’s appeal for me is that it has been developed on the basis of scientific research evidence and has been shown to be effective for a range of problems. It is a therapy which acknowledges the past and its influence on us, but focuses largely on overcoming problems in the present and on developing positive and effective strategies to ensure personal well-being and happiness in the future.
I derive a great sense of pleasure and reward in helping clients achieve their personal goals and am delighted for them when, having done so, they no longer require my services!