What is a clinical psychologist?

What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists integrate clinical knowledge, science and theory to understand and treat emotional distress. The doctorate qualification is highly regulated and requires clinicians to be competent in a minimum of three types of therapy. This means I can match the treatment to the problem you present.

Cognitive behavioural therapy has a considerable evidence base, and is influential in my work. I also draw on psychodynamic theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy. The treatment approach taken will be decided by your individual formulation along with the evidence base. Clinical Psychologists are also aware that successful treatment is consistently linked to the relationship between themselves and their patient. With this in mind it is important that I help you feel safe and contained throughout our work together.

Clinical psychologists are required to follow strict professional guidelines from the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society. They are also required to have regular clinical supervision with a suitably qualified clinical psychologist to ensure a high standard of professional and reflective practice.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy), University College London (2006)
  • MSc (Distinction) in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (2001)
  • BSc Honours (First Class) in Social Psychology, Loughborough University (2000)

Post qualification training

  • Treating Patients with Complex PTSD. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
  • Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
  • Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills: Stanton Psychological Services
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Stanton Psychological Services
  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Skills Group Training
  • Perinatal Mental Health: The National Training Course. Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Principles and Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Anna Freud Centre
  • International Training School for Infancy and Early Years: Parental Mental Illness. Anna Freud Centre
  • Infant Mental Health Online. Warwick University
  • The foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. British Psychotherapy Foundation
  • Video Interaction Guidance: Introductory Training. Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK   https://www.videointeractionguidance.net/aboutvig

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