Principal Chartered Clinical Psychologist, CPsychol, DClinPsy, BSc (Hons)
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Leeds in 2001, following a first degree in psychology and time spent in the field of adult mental health services.
During my doctorate I specialised in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and worked in the NHS for over 11 years in well-established Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, with a specific interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I ultimately led the multi-disciplinary team for children with ASD in the service locality, conducting specific assessments with children and families. I am trained in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessments, and cognitive assessments using a range of specific instruments widely recognised for young people.
I also continue to work part time within the NHS as Clinical Psychologist for Paediatric Diabetes in Gateshead, alongside my Paediatric doctors and nursing colleagues. Within this I work flexibly with children, young people, and parents/carers.
I have special interests in more general mental health matters such as Anxiety, Mood difficulties and Family/relationship issues with young people. I work in an integrative therapeutic model, utilising CBT, Family Therapy, and ACT.