I am a Consultant Chartered Clinical Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Full Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am a Chartered Scientist (CSci). I have completed a Psychology Bachelor of Science Degree, a master’s and a Doctorate in Psychology as well as extensive graduate and post graduate training and supervision in Clinical Psychology as well as Clinical Neuropsychology. All of these have given me deep appreciation for health, the body, and what the effects of changes in thinking and behaviour can make to one’s health and well-being.
Our psychological mindset has a direct relationship with our physiological functioning and therefore has a direct impact upon our lives and our capability to flourish at work and in our relationships and also how we relate to and care for ourselves and connect with others.
During my 20-year career I have experienced working with and supporting patients in choosing healthier lifestyles and thus improving their health and supporting patients with psychological and emotional aspects of health and physical and mental illness as well as supporting people with chronic physical illnesses and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
Some of the health issues which patients may experience include:
- Stress and understanding life-style habits
- Addictions, drugs, alcohol, and behavioural addictions
- Physical and emotional pain issues
- Complications and fatigue, for example, the impact from Long-COVID
- Women’s Health; including pre-conception and menopause
- Sexual dysfunction and sex addiction
- Sleep hygiene
By using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, motivational interviewing, getting an overview of patients health behaviours and behavioural risk patterns, understanding the intergenerational and genetic health risks all alter risk and health. Fundamentally, improving health behaviour can be used to develop healthy lifestyles and patterns through behavioural and emotional change to drastically improve individual as well as social health.