Clinical Child Psychologist & Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
I am a Clinical Child Psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 29 years post-qualification experience working with children, young people and parents in community Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) in the NHS. The last 20 years was in Somerset CAMHS in the NHS. I have a wealth of experience assessing and working therapeutically with a wide range of clinical presentations in children and adolescents such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic, emotional and behavioural issues, low mood, adjustment issues, and addressing difficulties in relationships with parents and within families. I adopt a holistic family approach and consider it important to liaise and communicate with the wider network around and involved with the child and young person, including schools and other professionals.
I have 20 years’ experience working in diagnostic teams in the NHS in Somerset offering assessments for children and young people with suspected autism. I still offer assessments for children and young people with suspected autism working in an independent autism team, which includes a paediatrician and a speech and language therapist. We all have the required qualifications and training and have all worked in autism diagnostic teams in the NHS. These autism assessments can contribute to an Early Health and Care Plan.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, chartered with the British Psychological Society as well as being an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. I have an enhanced DBS check and receive regular clinical supervision.
Clinical psychologists are able to draw on a broad range of theories and models which are tailored to meet the unique needs of the young person and their family. I may draw tools from a range of different approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment focussed therapies, parenting interventions, compassion-focussed therapy, and systemic therapy where appropriate.
I have an empathic and supportive approach focusing on developing a trusting and collaborative relationship with young people and their families within which change can take place.
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