I know that finding a therapist can be a daunting task, and not one to be taken lightly. I think that the basis of any good therapy, is a good relationship. Whether it is with me or someone else, I would like to wish you the very best in your therapy journey. With hard work and commitment, it can be transformative.
I first trained as a psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic in North London, and then completed my Clinical Psychology doctoral degree at the University of Hertfordshire. I have worked in mental health for the last 15 years and within the NHS since 2010. I have primarily been based in East London working across psychiatric inpatient wards, as well as in community mental health teams. I have worked with children, teenagers, adults, and older adults and with a variety of difficulties. The reason I founded The Sycamore Private Practice, was so that I could work with you at your own pace. Giving time and space to what matters, you.
As a practitioner, I have worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, private and non-governmental. I have over 10 years experience working with people who have experienced a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and complex trauma. I see the quality of the relationship as the most important component of psychological therapy, and the process as a powerful way to empower you to live a better life.
I adopt an integrative approach, which allows me to tailor my knowledge and experience in a flexible manner to meet your individual needs. We are complex beings, and bring unique needs, hopes, and challenges to therapy. Thus, I believe it is unlikely that any single specific therapeutic approach and treatment is adequate for all clients in all situations.
I appreciate contacting a therapist can be a hard step to take, and I will aim to create a safe space for you to work through the issues that are important to you.
I am passionate about creating a safe, containing and non-judgmental space to work with you to make sense of the challenges in your life and to work towards creating meaningful changes. I believe that it is important to tailor therapy to each individual’s needs and draw on their strengths and skills to overcome such challenges.
As a Clinical Psychologist, with over 8 years’ experience working in NHS mental health, voluntary and psychological services, I work with a range of individuals (adults, young people and children) and use an integrative approach in my practice. This includes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and narrative therapy.
Alongside my private practice, I currently work within an NHS specialist community mental health service supporting 18-65 year olds. I also have extensive experience providing support to NHS staff due to the emotional impact of their work. I previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist in NHS neonatal intensive care units, supporting individuals and families coping with loss, adjustment and trauma in relation to having premature or sick babies.