I have a special interest in raising awareness of well being, positive psychology, helping people to enjoy life more and changing the current stigma of having a “mental health problem”. I believe that to do this we need to be more open about our difficulties, ask for help and ultimately move to a more preventative way of working, turning the current illness model on its head, supporting every individual within our community to understand and develop their strengths. I love to facilitate workshops, introducing people to CBT, mindfulness, and other psychological techniques. I also have a special interest in global mental health and have taught internationally, volunteering for a charity in Sri Lanka.
I have conducted research into autism as well as researching how our beliefs can impact our parenting. I have worked within the NHS using systemic techniques (Family Partnership Model) to work alongside parents who are experiencing difficulties with their child’s behaviour. I love to support people to work through difficulties within their families and to get the most out of their relationships. I am currently working part time in the NHS assessing children with disorders affecting their development, learning or communication including; Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy. I have experience of working at Great Ormond Street Hospital in specialist Neurodelopmental Services with complex and specialist cases. I think assessing an individual’s neuropsychological profile, finding out about their cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help give further understanding about them and help adapt the teaching environment or even the direction of their career path to maximise their strengths.
I really enjoy offering supervision to colleagues, helping to bring a new perspective to client work and have attended a BPS accredited supervisors training to support the development of my skills within this area.