I am a HCPC registered and BPS chartered Clinical Psychologist offering psychological therapy for adults, individuals and couples experiencing mental health and psychological difficulties. I have a wide range of experience having worked in the NHS for over 15 years as well as working independently. During my time training and working as a Clinical Psychologist I have developed a particular interest in working with autistic people or are otherwise neurodivergent, providing specialist diagnostic assessments, including ASD and ADHD assessments, consultation, coaching and therapy.
As ASD presents differently in women than men I have adapted the way I conduct assessments accordingly, which includes exploring the degrees individuals use camouflaging techniques and masking as a way of coping. I have also gained experience with people with ASD who experience gender identity difficulties. I work closely with Autism Somerset CIC .
One of my last posts working within the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist was within an ASD Specialist Service. My approach is integrative, drawing from a range of psychological theories and models to provide evidence-based practice, and very much tailored to the individual needs of the clients.
All About Therapy
For face to face meetings I rent a therapy room at The OCD Treatment Centre, York House, 27 Canon St, Taunton Somerset TA1 1SW. I see self-funding clients and am registered with the following health insurances: AXA-PPP, Vitality and WPA.
I offer remote sessions using a secure video based platform such as Zoom, which allows more flexibility in offering appointments during the day and afternoon.
I have found this way of "meeting" very useful especially during the COVID Pandemic where face to face meetings were not always possible due to lockdown or Tier system restrictions. Some people have been using a combination of face to face meetings and Zoom (hybrid). Online meetings can be an advantage for a number of reasons including more available times and dates for appointments, cutting out travel time as you are in the comfort of your own home and some people have fed back they feel less anxious during the appointment due to all of the above.
If you would like to find out if we could work together then the first step is to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an initial 15 -20 minute telephone consultation.
During this session we can discuss options for you or a family member (if you enquiring on behalf of someone in your family).
In therapy, you will find a safe, non-judgmental environment in which you can speak openly and confidentially about whatever is concerning you. The first session or two might involve telling your story and the background to the issues you want help with. We will then work together to understand these more thoroughly. We will try to establish which factors, past and present, might be contributing, and identify and strengthen the positives and resources you already have.
Together, we will develop a sort of theory or map (called a psychological formulation) which will help us decide which steps to take to help you move forwards and achieve your goal.
I am experienced in many theories and models (e.g. attachment, cognitive, behavioural, trauma-focused and attachment focused approaches) I use knowledge from these models to help us to understand your situation/difficulties and possible ways forwards. This is called an “integrative and eclectic” way of working, and is particularly suitable for those who are looking for an individually-tailored approach to therapy. I have found this way particularly useful for neurodivergent people for example are autistic or have ADHD.
Sessions are weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on what is agreed upon following the initial assessments sessions. Some people with neurodiverse conditions have found most beneficial to have weekly sessions initially and then have changed to fortnightly. Again this fits with my individually tailored approach to therapy.
All About ASD Assessments
I offer ASD assessments for young people aged 14+ and adults. For younger children a multidisciplinary approach is needed, which is offered by other teams through the NHS as well as independent services.
There are a number of steps involved in an ASD assessment:
A screening assessment, which includes a number of screening questionnaires to be completed and the results feed back within a feedback meeting. If thresholds are met on those screens we will be discussing the pros and cons of a full assessment .
Once a full diagnostic assessment is agreed upon then up to two appointments will be required to obtain a full developmental background (currently online) as well as the ASD assessment which includes the NICE recommended ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule -2).
Once the results have been calculated and a draft diagnostic report is completed it will be shared with you to check for factual errors. You will then be invited to a feedback session, where recommendations will be discussed and included in the final report.
This process is tailored to suit individual needs. For more details and a more detailed explanation of the processes involved please email me and I will send you relevant information in terms of the assessment you are seeking, ASD, ADHD or combined.
Assessment Package Fee : POA
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What personal information will I need to share to enquire about therapy?
I will ask for your contact details including a phone number and an email address in order to correspond with you. I will also ask for an overview of your current difficulties which will help me to make a decision on whether I may be able to see you for therapy or not. A hard copy of the full Privacy Statement and consent form will be provided if we proceed to arranging an appointment.
What happens to my personal information if I am not suitable/do not attend an assessment?
If I cannot offer you therapy I will sign post you to a colleague who might be more suitable. I will not share your details with anyone else. Once you have been linked to someone who can help you I will then delete any email correspondence from you as I will have no further lawful reason to retain it.
Is it safe to email information to you?
Email is not considered a secure medium of correspondence so please keep sensitive information to a minimum using this method of contact. Doing so is allowed but is at your own risk. It it recommended to encrypt word documents attached to emails.
Where am I based?
The OCD Treatment Centre, York House, Canon Street Taunton TA1 1SW and Online