Question: How would you describe your approach as a Psychologist?
I believe that developing a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship is really important and whilst I have trained in various evidence based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution focused Therapy, I don't subscribe to the belief that there is one approach with all the answers. Each pers
on comes to see a Psychologist with their own unique set of issues and expectations and I work collaboratively with people to build self awareness and work towards goals that are personally meaningful. We all have the potential to make positive changes in our lives and I couldn't agree more with Helen Keller, the 19th century deaf blind writer and political activist who said: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Question: What led you to be a Psychologist?
I really love working with people and am endlessly curious about what makes us human beings tick (and other species for that matter)! It is impossible to be bored as a Psychologist as people are perpetually evolving and that shall always fascinate me.
Question: What would you say to someone who is embarrassed about seeing a Psychologist and sharing their problems?
Please don't be, we all need support sometimes and in 25 years work as a Psychologist, I can honestly say that I have found no issue is too big, too small, too embarrassing or too shocking!
Question: What do you enjoy most about your work?
It is such a privilege to help people make changes and I just love it when there is a positive turn around in someone's life.
Question: What’s the best piece of advice someone’s given you about mental health and well being?
In the wonderfully wise words of the one and only Eleanor Roosevelt: "No one can make you inferior without your consent."
Question: Adolescence can be a tough time, for kids and parents alike. What’s the best thing parents can do to support their child?
It is important to regularly spend quality time together, share humour wherever possible and approach your relationship from a place of love. I really like the advice of Professor Dan Siegel, the author of " Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain." who said: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being".
One last thing to remember; there is no such thing as the perfect parent.
Question: Do you ever have ‘bad hair’ days?
Yes, literally and metaphorically!
Question: Can you share the name of a song, book or work of art that inspires you?
I find Mirka Mora's artworks really joyous and life affirming and she is a wonderful, optimistic human being who at 88, still lives her life to the full!
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