I joined the Spires Cleft Centre in 2022 after completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. I have worked in Clinical Psychology since 2012, gaining experience in both the NHS and private sector supporting people of all ages with various types of emotional difficulties, such as anxiety, low mood, trauma, and relational difficulties. I have a background in Neuropsychology, working with children and adults affected by Neurodevelopmental conditions, such as Autistic Spectrum Condition and Intellectual Disability.
During my role in paediatrics, I learnt the value of psychology in supporting children and families in a healthcare setting. At Spires I enjoy working across the lifespan, from parents antenatally, to children, teens and adults, and their families. I am passionate about supporting people with a cleft lip and/or palate to explore and make sense of their thoughts, feelings, and patterns, related to the emotional challenges that arise because of living with a cleft and its treatment.
I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment. I value working creatively and compassionately and my work is informed by a variety of evidence-based psychological approaches, including Compassion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am especially interested in the mind-body connection and weave body-based approaches, such as breathwork and relaxation into my work where appropriate.