About me

psychology

 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT MY WEBSITE. THE SERVICES ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE AND STEPPING STONES PSYCHOLOGY WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2017. THE SERVICES WILL RESUME AS NORMAL FOLLOWING THIS PERIOD. PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

From a young age there has always been a strong part of me that wanted to help people in need, especially those suffering from emotional pain. I knew from very early on that I wanted to pursue this route as a profession as it felt quite rewarding to help alleviate emotional suffering.

I strongly believe that compassion and humanistic values are some of the most important characteristics one can have, and I endeavour to apply these characteristics as the foundation, not only in the way of living life, but also in my therapeutic work.  I also believe that being naturally a very emphatic and insightful person enables me to be non-judgemental, to enter someone else’s shoes and see the situation from their perspective.

I am someone who enjoy the simple things which life has to offer; like the tranquility of nature, the blessing of friendships and great company. I am a parent to a special 10-year old boy who means the world to me and who continues to be my greatest teacher; he continues to be my inspiration to learn and grow every day – not only to become a better parent and human being but also a better therapist whilst dealing with parents, children, adolescents and families.

Being a parent has taught me a great deal about healthy child development and the practical and emotional needs of both parents and children. Being a mother is a huge and special part of my life and I feel it has deepened my empathy for all young people and parents.

I take a strong stand against child maltreatment, domestic abuse and sexual violence. My passion for supporting individuals who have experienced such trauma led me to undertake my role as a Trustee for Mums In Need (MIN), a Non-Profit Organisation. This is an organisation supporting mothers and children who have experienced and escaped domestic abuse. Here, I also work as a clinician who oversee all the psychological and therapeutic services of the organisation.

I also have an unceasing thirst for knowledge and learning. This means, I strive for continuous professional development (CPD) where I undertake further specialist training with great passion. CPD is a professional and ethical requirement of all psychologists in order to ensure that the treatment we deliver is based on the most recent scientific evidence in psychology.

 

Qualifications

  1. Professional Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  2. Professional Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  3. BPS-Accredited Degree: B.Sc (HONS) Psychology
  4. BPS-Accredited Doctorate Degree: Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I have completed my clinical training and I am not accredited by HCPC yet.
  5.  Theraplay® – Level One Training
  6. Team-Teach Training (12-hours Basic Certificate)
  7. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level One Training

Client groups I am experienced and qualified to work with

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Adolescents (Teenagers)
  • Older adults
  • Family
  • Couple

Clinical Experience

  • Adult Mental Health Services (in NHS)
  • Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services in NHS  (CAMHS)
  • Adult Physical Health (within NHS Psychological Services in Clinical Health Psychology Department)
  • Family Therapy within CAMHS Specialist Team  (NHS)
  • Private Practice (Lewis Psychology, Wolverhampton)
  • My greatest experience in therapy includes, but not limited to:
    Abuse (emotional/physical/sexual), addiction, anger, anxiety & nervousness, attachment issues, bereavement, bullying, children & problem behaviour, Chronic pain, Complex Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), depression, developmental trauma,  eating disorder, family issues, LGBT issues, identity issues, minority issues,  personality disorder, phobia, physical health issues, Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD), relationship issues, self esteem issues, self harm, sexuality and trauma.

Additional training I have undertaken

  1. Family Therapy: I worked as an In-Training Psychologist as part of a Specialist Family Therapy team (CAMHS)
  2. Schizophrenia-Focused Counselling
  3. Systemic and Family Therapy
  4. Couple Therapy
  5. Introduction to Providing Supervision
  6. Introduction to Training in Leadership
  7. Introduction to Psychometric Training
  8. Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse
  9. Mental Capacity Act
  10. Sensory Integration issues within Trauma

Additional Roles

  •  Trauma and Attachment Specialist –  my doctoral research was on Complex Trauma/Developmental Trauma. I also work at Chrysalis Associates which is a private Trauma and Attachment Therapy Service that specialises in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. This private clinic also specialises in working with foster and adoptive families. Here, I work with children and young people with trauma-attachment problems and their foster, adoptive or birth families. I offer parent-child/family therapy that is based on the principles of Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Both of these  are Attachment-Focused Therapy models, where Theraplay® is an Attachment-Based Play Therapy. I have completed Level One in Theraplay®, DDP and EMDR.
  • Associate Psychologist for Cornerstone which is a Counselling and Therapy Centre; here my specialism is working with children, parents and families where I offer Attachment-based Family Therapy.
  • Associate Psychologist for 207 Counselling & Therapy Service; here I offer Individual Therapy for adult, children, teenagers and adults. I also offer Couple Therapy and Family Therapy.
  • Trustee and Lead Clinican for Mums In Need, a Charity Organisation supporting mothers and children who have escaped domestic abuse – particularly focusing on the aspect of domestic abuse which is often overlooked: Emotional Abuse.
  • One of the authors for an International magazine, Conflict Manager. Here, I write articles which cover topics like trauma, abuse and peaceful parenting.
  • A member of the team of Povi(TM). Povi is an online platform that focuses on the development of children’s Emotional Intelligence (EQ) . My vision, like Povi’s mission, is to help parents cultivate wholesome, well-balanced, healthy and happy children. This include educating parents about how they can play an active role in facilitating their children with their EQ. I do this by writing articles for Povi(TM) which cover topics that focus on techniques for parents to help their children developing EQ, e.g. their empathy, insight, mentalisation and active listening skills.

Professional Memberships

  • Graduate Membership within the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership within the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • In-training Membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology within the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Eligibility to be accredited by Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)  upon fully qualifying (I have completed the clinical training and would be eligible for accreditation upon fully qualifying. I have not been accredited by HCPC yet)

Research Interests and Areas of Specialism

My passion for promoting the welfare of children and young people and my understanding of the importance of early intervention led to me to undertake my doctoral research in this area.  By integrating the latest research on developmental neuroscience, attachment and trauma my doctoral research explores how people who have had adverse experiences in their childhood manage their adult lives and relationships. The adverse experiences I had focused on in this study are complex trauma/developmental trauma in the form of early exposure to maltreatment including domestic violence, neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

The purpose of the study is to gain an in-depth understanding of how these difficult early experiences may lead to a person having particular strengths and difficulties in their adult lives. In particular, I was interested in protective factors as I feel that this understanding may help professionals, who cannot always prevent childhood maltreatment, ensure that children at least have access to protective factors that can help them deal more effectively with traumatic experiences and go on to have fewer difficulties as a result.

It is a field of scientific research I am very passionate about and I intend to carry out further research in this area in the future. Thus, working with Developmental Trauma/Complex PTSD, attachment issues, parenting difficulties, children, teenagers and families are areas I consider to be my specialism. Thus, I offer a variety of attachment-based approaches as one of my main specialities.