I studied psychology at Oxford University and moved to Peckham in 1998 to further study a masters at the Institute of Psychiatry. It was here that I started working clinically with young children as part of a research team, developing parenting programmes that have now been implemented across the country.
I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology at University College London in 2004.
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist I have been working in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This has included working with looked after children, supporting adoptive parents and foster carers. Since having my own children I returned to work part-time in the NHS and have also set up my own private practice.
My interest in parenting work has continued throughout my career and I have been trained in a number of models that seek to support parents develop effective parenting strategies, whilst improving their relationship with their child. I have also completed a further two years of training in systemic practice (family therapy).
I love working with young children and adolescents, adapting my approach and treatment models to the child’s specific stage of development. It provides a real opportunity for creativity and making use of the client’s own passions and abilities.