BSc. (Hons), D.ClinPsy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol)
I discovered at a young age that it is good talk through problems with someone who is both non-judgemental and genuinely interested in you. At that same time, I also realised how difficult it is to open up. We are often uncomfortable about certain thoughts or fearful of our memories, especially the pain they may cause and the decisions that may need to be made.
My interest in people, their problems and particularly ways to deal with feelings, led me to take a psychology degree in 1986 and qualify as a Clinical Psychologist in 1994. A long and distinguished career in the NHS followed, which included setting up services for young people and working across the spectrum of mental health difficulties. If you are interested, you can find out more about this further down this page.
In 2011, I opened Reigate Psychology Service. I wanted to provide a high quality and personalised service, tailoring therapeutic interventions to the precise needs of each person that visits us. I wanted to develop the best service in the local area, which treated people with kindness, value and respect.
I believe in people and their capacity to change, to overcome past or current difficulties and to live in a way that is closer to their values. My approach is to be kind, supportive and professional. Through experience, I know exactly the pace that is right for you. There are strategies I can teach you that will help you cope with your thoughts and feelings and give you confidence to address your problems and change any unhelpful behaviours.
Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing someone become more self-assured and content, living their life in the way that they want to and in a way which is meaningful to them.
When choosing a therapist, it’s important that you feel safe and secure. For your peace of mind, here is a synopsis of areas where I have gained expert knowledge and experience, as well as the professional positions I have held.
After graduating in 1986 with a psychology degree, I worked at the Henderson Hospital in Sutton a specialist Therapeutic Community for people with personality disorders. To gain more varied experience, I moved to Gwent in 1990 to work in a specialist team for people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.
As part of my doctorate training (1991-1994) I completed a number of specialist placements in child and adolescent services, learning difficulties, adult and older adult mental health.
After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I worked in adult community mental health teams in Aldershot, Bristol and locally at Shaw’s Corner, where I worked as a Principle Psychologist for 3 years. In addition, I set up a postgraduate training course in mental health at Canterbury Christchurch University College. I obtained Consultant status at this time and later went to work in South Essex for an early intervention team for young people with psychosis, until establishing RPS in 2011.
“So all in all, still some work to do (as there will always be) but I recognise I have come a huge way from the terrified / stressed / anxious/ guilty / depressed person that I was when I first met you.
I’ve had a successful career in media and taken a big step that not many would do, and made a success of it, which is something that I feel it is important for me to keep in mind.
A huge part of that was down to you – even if it was you showing me that it was down to me. For that I will always be extremely grateful for your help.”