Support Work means different things for different people and tailoring my approach to your individual needs is at the heart of what I do. My role within the Care Collective is to provide you with support around the challenges you are experiencing, and to support you with making changes.
I’ve been a Support Worker within mental health, and social care more broadly, for a number of years and I am currently studying Psychology at university.
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!