A Chartered Psychologist since 1989, I graduated from Manchester University in 1982 with an Honours degree in Psychology, and followed that with a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology. My work with organisations over the next few years involved an increasing amount of counselling, and I therefore did an Advanced Counselling Skills course at Manchester University. Although I enjoyed working in organisations doing selection, development and training, I found the more personal and individual aspects of my work became more and more fulfilling, and I therefore did five years psychotherapy training, beginning to work privately with individuals in 1990.
I have maintained a private practice since 1990, for much of that time continuing my organisational work. In 1993 I gained a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis from the University of Sheffield Department of Psychiatry. Much of the practical work for the Diploma was done in the Gasteroenterology Department of Withington Hospital, Manchester using Clinical Hypnosis with people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). On completing the Diploma I did further training in the use of hypnosis with gut related disorders and for a time worked in Lancashire for the Register of Approved Gastrointestinal Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists, an organisation set up to provide effective hypnotherapeutic treatments to the many people who suffer from IBS.
I continued my training and development, doing further training in the use of hypnosis in pain relief, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and depression. In 1997 I gained a Masters Degree in Medical Science (Clinical Hypnosis); for this I carried out research in the Neurology Department of Sheffield Hallam Hospital, looking at the effectiveness of Hypnosis in relieving the symptoms of Spasmodic Torticollis, a disorder of the muscles in the neck and shoulders, which often results in disabling pain, spasm and tremor.
In my private practice I have worked successfully with many adult clients on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, psychosomatic disorders, pain, IBS, and problems with self-esteem and assertiveness.
For over ten years I have also worked as one of a small team of counsellors and psychotherapists at the multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The CALM counselling programme provides in-house counselling, and addresses a wide range of adult mental health issues, together with work-specific problems.
In addition to my academic qualifications I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), a member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), and I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Counselling Psychologist.
I have regular supervision, and professional insurance.