I'm never happier than on the beach, or reading a book by the fire - I have a pile that will take years to read! I'm comfortable with difficult conversations about medical conditions, symptoms, treatments and the effect they're having on a young person’s mental wellbeing. There's not much I haven't heard about body parts, secretions and the medical kit that keeps people healthy and alive. I often speak to people feeling really distressed, who can't see how things will ever change if their condition isn't going away. We work together; I have experience in helping young people with the psychological impact of physical health challenges, and they’re the expert in the condition.
I integrate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT/DNA-V for adolescents), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) approaches. I like making links to a young person's favourite hobbies, music and films, and use lots of online resources to make the experience of talking with me as helpful as possible.
I've worked as a paediatric clinical psychologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, St John's Hospital Livingston and currently the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. I work with a range of common and rare inflammatory, immune, endocrine, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, renal and skin conditions, among others.
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