I am pleased to introduce myself as a co-director of Nurture-Psychology Service Ltd. Having specialised within child and family psychology over the last 10 years, I aspire to empower others to take control of their mental health with increased understanding and tools with which to cope with life’s challenges. I engage well with children and young people of a variety of ages and presentations and also value the opportunity to work with the range of adults that this work brings with it. My experiences to date have helped me to become a dedicated reflective practitioner where warmth, compassion and empathy feature highly in the work that I do, working with the limits of confidentiality and professional boundaries.
I have worked in a variety of mental health settings within the NHS over the last 15 years and have a track record of safe-guarding & promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. I use reflective practice and multiple psychological models to help me understand the challenges that others face, always aspiring to work collaboratively to meet individual need.
After gaining my BSc in Psychology and Mathematics from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist within the area of substance misuse and eating disorders. Prior to completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2008, I worked in Eritrea, North East Africa for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) as a teacher.
Post qualification, I worked within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), with a wide range of generic mental health difficulties, including anxiety based problems (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Health Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Separation Anxiety), and depression following adverse life events, such as bereavement and loss.
Most recently I have been one of the Lead Clinical Psychologists developing and providing a specialist clinical psychology service for children in care and those working and living closely with them. This has involved working within a multi-agency model to support the network around the child to ensure the best outcomes for children in the care of Rochdale Local Authority. I have provided specialist psychological assessments and treatment for children and young people who have experienced early life trauma and have therefore developed insecurity in their attachments to others. I have developed a special interest in this area, particularly in considering the impact of early life trauma on brain development. I have experience and training in the use of principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Dan Hughes), systemic therapy and narrative therapy in much of my trauma focussed work with young people and their families/parents/carers, always using strong theory and the evidence base to support my work.
Outside of my role as a Clinical Psychologist, I am the chair of trustees of a children’s charity which focuses on pre-school development within a kindergarten setting. I oversee the management of the running of the charity with a group of trustees and have taken on a specific safeguarding role within this.
I look after myself by eating well, doing regular exercise, maintaining a close community where I live, sustaining friendships and last but by no means least, making time to nurture my two small children.