I offer a compassionate and non-judgemental space to explore the impact of cancer on your life and to help you find a way forward, specifically I can offer assistance with:
- Coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer
- Adjustment to living with cancer
- Exploring health related decision-making
Managing symptoms of anxiety, low mood or trauma in the context of cancer
- Managing worry in the context of cancer (incl. Fear of Reoccurrence)
- Managing health-related behaviour change
I adopt an integrative approach to therapy depending on our shared understanding of your needs. I mainly draw on third-wave cognitive behavioural therapy approaches which look at why we get stuck with difficult thoughts and feelings and collaboratively explores alternative ways of responding to these.
I am also trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR); the latter is a recommended treatment for alleviating distress linked to the memory of disturbing life experiences.
Education, Qualifications and Experience
PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, University of Salford, 2017
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool,2015
MSc Health Psychology, Staffordshire University, 2003
I have worked in psycho-oncology research and practice since qualifying as a Practitioner Health Psychologist in 2005. I currently work part-time in an NHS Clinical Health Psychology Service as well as a local Hospice. I also work Independently for OcuMelUK a national charity supporting patients with ocular melanoma.
Accredited Practitioner Health Psychologist; HCPC (PYL05015)
CPsychol; British Psychological Society (BPS-146252).