I have experienced mental illness in several forms in my life and I have been in treatment, and now recovery, for many years now. I understand how isolating and hopeless mental ill-health can feel and how difficult and daunting seeking help can be. My role within the Care Collective is to provide you with support around the challenges you are experiencing, whether this be practical, social, emotional or environmental.
Therapy has been fundamental in my growing ability to contemplate and make change happen, but it isn’t often easy and I know that I needed another type of help to stay connected to my goals and to engage with some of the more practical aspects of changing my thinking and behaviour.
My aims as a Support Worker are to help you to feel heard, understood and safe. I hope that in sharing some of my own experiences and insight I may help you feel less alone and hopeful that things can improve.
I’m a Psychotherapist, which means I’m a specialist in ‘talking therapies’. I trained as a doctor and then a psychiatrist, specialising in psychotherapy. I have 20 years’ experience of mental health care in the NHS, over 10 years as a Consultant Psychiatrist. I only provide talking therapies now as I believe this is how I can help people best, so I no longer practise as a doctor or psychiatrist.
I first trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but I now use Schema Therapy (ST) in which I am an advanced practitioner, for most of the work I do. I’ve worked a lot with people with Eating Disorders. I also have experience and training in therapy for people with Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Anxiety Disorders and Depression. I’ve done a bit of research, which you can look up here if you want to.
Making you feel comfortable and developing a real connection with you is what I’ll be aiming for. I have past experience myself of mental health problems and recognise how difficult it can be to get help. I started the Care Collective, as I want to provide help through talking therapy as a social enterprise, benefiting not just those who can afford to pay, but also those who can’t.
Cycling is also a big thing in my life – sometimes more than is entirely healthy for me!