Psychological Therapies and Professional Support for Adults
Would you like to improve your general wellbeing and sense of achievement, and wonder if some psychological coaching could help?
Are you unsure about what you might need but would like to find out more?
Whatever you wish to work on I offer a supportive and confidential space to talk….it’s your time.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience of working with adults, and am based in Oxford. I have a BSc Hons in Psychology (Manchester) and completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Edinburgh (1997). After I qualified I specialised in working with adults in the NHS. Most recently I worked for 10 years at Oxford University Counselling service with both undergraduate and graduate students. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council and am an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Divisions of Coaching and Clinical Psychology. I enjoy bringing creativity to my work and engaging with regular professional development and training.
I offer in person and online appointments, subject to availability
I am an integrative practitioner which means I use a tailored approach to suit the needs of each individual. I work collaboratively with you, to create a shared understanding, which can help to precisely target areas you may wish to focus on. I see adults with a range of mild to moderate mental health problems.
The work we will do together aims to help you to see the benefits of therapy beyond appointments.
I have expertise in the following areas:
Depression, low mood, and sadness.
Anxiety, panic, social anxiety, and stress
Fluctuations in mood
Improving low self-esteem
Phobias and fears
Relationships and family difficulties
Life transitions, bereavement, loss
Trauma and historic trauma
The impact of physical health problems
I am trained and experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and work with other evidence-based models such as ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). As part of my Clinical Psychology training, I am familiar with working with other models of psychotherapy, drawing on behavioural science, attachment, and systems theory. I enjoy applying modalities in a flexible and dynamic way to try to best help you to achieve your goals for therapy.
I enjoy seeing people begin to thrive in their ability to manage different aspects of their life, and work and personal development. I have extensive experience of coaching young adults and students.
This is a unique time of life for a young person and their family getting to grips with all aspects of the university experience. I also work with adults at any life stage who may wish to improve their sense of fulfillment and performance.
I have expertise in the following areas:
Time management and help with work blocks
Reducing procrastination and increasing motivation
Learning to reduce situational, exam and performance anxiety
Building confidence and improving communication in personal and professional relationships
Becoming more aware of your desires, goals and how to move towards them
Academic and career development
Managing change and uncertainty
The work we will do together aims to help you to see the benefits of coaching beyond appointments.
How to find out more
Please contact me to arrange a free 10-minute phone conversation. If we then feel it would be beneficial to meet for an initial appointment, this would usually last for 60 or 90 minutes. An initial appointment will involve finding out more about what you need help with, and some background information about you.
Follow-up sessions generally last for an hour. Therapy or coaching is weekly or fortnightly, and usually lasts from four to sixteen sessions, but this can be flexible. The progress of any work we do together will be reviewed at regular intervals. I normally see people individually, but can see couples or a family member by arrangement.
Information for Professionals
I have experience of supervising other mental health professionals such as Clinical and Counselling Psychologists in training. I have recently completed advanced Supervisor training (BPS Accredited Level 3) and I am now offering restorative supervision to mental health practitioners (nurses, counsellors, and therapists) interested in developing their work with adults (or specifically with students) within CBT and third-wave approaches. Please contact me to discuss this.
I am very interested in developing wellbeing in the workplace either through individual coaching or consulting. Please contact me for further information and to discuss how I may be able to help your organization.
Referrals from Healthcare Professionals
I accept referrals from GP's and other healthcare professionals, please phone or email me to discuss possible referrals.
Terms and Conditions
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. As such, I must comply with the Codes of Practice set out by these organisations.
Fees (payable by bank transfer)
I am registered with AXA PPP Healthcare, BUPA, Vitality Health and Aviva.
Therapy and coaching:
Initial consultation - £110 per hour
Extended appointment (90 minutes) - £150
Follow-up appointment - £110 per hour
Additional items such as emails or referral letters to other health professionals will be charged pro-rata.
Individual Supervision - £90 per hour
Clinic Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12-6 pm
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please give me as much notice as possible so that I can reallocate that slot to another person. In the event that I need to cancel or reschedule, I too will give as much notice as I am able. I will only cancel at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness).
There will be a charge of £25 for a first-time missed appointment or cancellation with less than 24 hours notice. In the event of further sessions being missed or cancelled at short notice then the full session fee will be payable since I will not be able to reallocate that appointment to anyone else.
How can Clinical Psychology help me?
Clinical psychologists study theories of human behaviour, emotion, and therapies and how to apply them in practice. They will consider a wide range of influences on an individual such as the family environment, biology, neuroscience, and the social and cultural context.
Because of the length and breadth of their training, a Clinical Psychologist can take a 360-degree approach and think with you about your particular difficulty. They are trained to offer therapeutic approaches that they can adapt to work with a range of mental health and life problems. Psychologists can help you to precisely target areas for change or improvement and teach you new skills.
They work with therapies that have proven efficacy and are interested in defining goals at the outset of therapy, working collaboratively with clients, and discussing the ongoing effectiveness of treatments at regular intervals.
What is Psychological Coaching? (Coaching Psychology)
Coaching Psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied Psychology. There is a specialist group within the British Psychological Society (SGCP).
Its aim is to increase performance, achievement, and well-being in individuals, teams, and organisations by utilising evidence-based methods grounded in scientific research.
Some Psychologists specialise in psychological coaching from the beginning of their training, some Clinical Psychologists may develop an interest and expertise in coaching Psychology alongside their other work.
What is CBT?
(From the BABCP website)
Cognitive behavioural therapies, or CBT, are a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these, we can alter the others.
When people feel worried or distressed, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now.
A therapist trained in CBT can help you to notice any patterns in thinking or behaviours which might be keeping problems going and can offer information about different CBT techniques which could help you.
What is ACT?
Acceptance and commitment therapy was devised to incorporate the practice of mindfulness and other skills with the aim of increasing awareness of ourselves and increasing flexibility in our thinking, feeling, and behaviour.
A therapist using ACT will work with you to help identify key goals and values. You would learn techniques for noticing different emotions, and engage in committed action to move you towards your chosen direction.
You can find out more about ACT at http://www.contextualpsychology.org/