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Ann is a Counselling Psychologist who works with individuals, couples and families. The main factor that brings people to psychological therapy is experiencing emotional difficulties, with distressing psychological symptoms and behavioural difficulties. Distress can be precipitated by range of life events including burnout, unexpected injury, disability and loss, relationship breakdown, trauma, abuse and characterological difficulties linked to earlier life and development. Diagnostically Ann’s work incorporates a broad range of disorders including depression, anxiety (generalised, social, health and panic), PTSD, emotional regulation (Bipolar and Personality Disorders), developmental trauma, adjustment disorder, substance issues, addictive and risky behaviours, self-harm and suicide, relationship issues, self-esteem and bereavement.
Working as a psychologist Ann has 13 years secondary care mental health experience with the NHS. She spent the last 5.5 years working in a specialist Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) programme for patients with emotionally unstable personality disorder and mixed personality difficulties. In this programme she ran psychoeducation groups and was a group and individual psychological therapist. She started working in private practice in 2014 and is now working full-time as a private practitioner.
Ann’s approach to psychological therapy is to maintain a relational (social and emotional) understanding of human distress. The premise is that the ‘illness’ is not placed within the individual mind but relates to the social context of the individual’s life story, namely a complex tapestry of the past, present and future intersubjective experiences. In therapy Ann tends to focus on current life in the here-and-now exploring unhelpful patterns of behaviours, thoughts and feelings. This work includes developing an adaptive range of coping strategies using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and skills from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and other approaches as necessary. Ann recognises the importance of maintaining a curious, active, explicit, non-directive, not -knowing, experiential and reflective stance to the psychotherapeutic conversation. Collaboratively Ann helps the patient to progressively explore the interpersonal dynamic of the self and other, while empathically validating the individual patient’s subjective experience.
Current NHS and/or University posts: N/A
Year of first qualification: Practitioner Doctorate in Psychology 2009
Current membership of professional, national and regional bodies: Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Member of the British Psychological Society
Recognised by most major insurance companies
Appointments: Monday & Thursday (outside these days by arrangement)
Contact details: Cardinal Clinic 01753 869755