I understand that coming to see a clinical psychologist may feel strange or daunting at first, so my first priority is to build a good working relationship with you and allow you to feel safe to explore your difficulties.
During the initial sessions I will conduct an assessment with you, a process where we will work together to understand your unique perspective and aims for the sessions. I will use my knowledge of a range of psychological models and theories to help us develop a shared understanding of your difficulties (a formulation) and plan a suitable treatment approach. In doing this we will consider the psychological, social and physical factors which may have contributed to your difficulties.
We will then build a treatment plan tailored for you. I specialise in treatments which are supported by research and shown to be effective. I primarily use cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). However, I work integratively, drawing on a range of other theories and approaches including interpersonal psychotherapy, schema therapy, attachment theory, motivational interviewing/health behaviour change approaches and psychodynamic theory. This means that we will have a wide variety of tools and approaches to give the best chance of finding an approach that works for you. I work collaboratively with my clients, encouraging you to give feedback at every step of the way and ensuring that the approach I am providing works for you.