Born and raised in the North East of England, I left to attend university in Liverpool where I gained my Applied Psychology degree before embarking upon the BPS Independent Route in Counselling Psychology. I have worked within the psychology department of a Learning Disabilities multi-disciplinary team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Primary Care Service. I have also worked with adults who are HIV/AIDS positive. I established a service in Merseyside to assess the mental health of homeless adults and to provide therapeutic support, this also involved delivering training to hostel workers in mental health awareness and risk assessment. Working with the homeless led me to develop my interest in the field of drug and alcohol addiction, leading me to return to the North East to work for four years with clients with alcohol problems.
For five years, I worked within a local NHS Trust based within a Musculoskeletal service, with adults who have chronic back pain. Within this role, I worked with patients on a 1:1 and in group settings to support them to manage their pain. I also managed and supervised other psychologists within the department and was involved in strategic developments within the Trust as part of my role.
I was the Programme Director on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology for over two years. I have also worked as a Principal Lecturer in Enterprise and Business Engagement which I left to pursue my own business and work part-time as a Senior Lecturer. I teach on a number of modules including Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and have supervised over 25 Doctoral students to successful completion of their thesis. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
I am the Director of North Yorkshire Psychological Society where I provide assessment and psychological therapy for adults and children. Within my clinical work, I have worked extensively with men who have used substances to cope with mental health distress yet have had the courage to seek help. My research interests are in domestic violence and I received a grant from The British Psychological Society for a project that investigated mid-life to older men’s experiences of female perpetrated intimate partner violence.
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