I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist…
- “Chartered”: licensed by the British Psychological Society’s to practice solo. (My BPS Entry)
- “Clinical”: a therapist for people who need emotional healing.
- “Psychologist”: studying the mind as a science.
How are psychologists different from other therapeutic guides?
- Psychologists tend to use science, emphasise empirical research about the relationship between people and their environments, and use the science of psychology to take a planned approach to therapy.
- Psychotherapists tend to use talk therapy to improve the lives of the client and let the client lead. While psychologists use science-based theories to treat their clients, Psychotherapists prefer to use theories with roots in literature and culture to treat their clients.
- Counsellors usually offer brief courses of therapy for specific problems. They facilitate the client in exploring and solving their current problems, often without giving advice.
- Coaches tend to use business skills, emphasise the positive and avoid emotional disturbance.
- Psychiatrists are doctors, tend to give drugs, emphasise medicine, and think in terms of “mental illness”.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University College London, 2000.
- MSc in Occupational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1994.
- BSc in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1991.
- BSc in Politics and Economics, University of Durham, 1983.
- Various certificates from courses in Counselling, Schema Focused Therapy, NLP, EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Lifespan Integration.
After getting my degree in Economics and Politics, I spent years trying out Accountancy, Market Research, and Auctioneering. Eventually I chose Psychology as a career where I could grow both personally and professionally, while helping others to grow too. I studied for my Psychology degree and masters in the evening while I worked by day, first for the Vocational Guidance Association, then for the NHS as a researcher in Health Psychology and Human Resources. After the masters degree I gained experience with an Occupational Psychology consultancy and lectured in Decision Sciences while I trained as a counsellor, then worked on a psychiatric research project while I gained experience as a counsellor in the NHS. This got me into my doctoral course in Clinical Psychology. It was a hands-on course where we studied two days a week and practised three. I did specialist placements in Addiction and Child Health. My thesis was on the link between children’s attachment to parents and parents’ control over children. Since qualifying in 2000 I have treated adult outpatients with a wide range of problems, in the NHS until January 2008, and independently in Harley Street from 2007. My inner journey has matched my outer one: it began with keeping a journal to examine my life in the hope of living it better. This led me to recognise psychology as a path for personal growth. Over the next 20 years I sampled and learned in turn about Transactional Analysis, Jungian Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Personal Construct Therapy, Psychoanalysis, NLP, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Philosophical Counselling. Each of these psychotherapies has its own map of the mind, but each map only describes part of the whole. So I now integrate different approaches into my own framework, which describes people as travellers in the landscape of their life experience. I’m a guide who has thoroughly explored the world of the mind both personally and professionally. ^Top