Clinical Psychologists work with a range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, relationship difficulties and acute or chronic stress.
I have been trained to work as a ‘scientist-practitioner’, i.e. my psychological intervention approach is informed by (the ever-evolving) research base on human psychology and how we respond in the face of challenges and adversity from a social, emotional and behavioural perspective. My background in mental health services for adults, as well as children and adolescents, informs my lifespan perspective of human psychology.
In essence, my approach to psychological intervention is integrative, meaning that I draw from a range of schools of thought. I believe in the potential in all of us to adapt and evolve. My work is influenced by a variety of therapeutic interventions models, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and third-wave variants thereof, such as schema therapy and mindfulness. I have a particular interest in process work, which draws on observations of patterns you and I may share on your day-to-day experiences and behaviours (including within the session). It can be very useful to reflect together on the quality of the working relationship throughout our sessions, as this can shed light on issues presenting in other relationships. In my experience, the working relationship is a useful context for interpersonal feedback and learning.
When working with young children in particular, sometimes the most useful intervention may involve working directly with parents as opposed to the child, or with a combination of both. This is not unusual and indeed will depend on the presenting challenges.