Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain...
I've worked in private practice as a Clinical Neuropsychologist since 2005. I see myself as someone who is down to earth, genuine, and wholly committed to my clients. My approach is respectful, non-judgemental and warm. I greatly value team working, collaboration, and open communication with Case Managers and multidisciplinary teams.
I haven’t always been a Neuropsychologist. Up until my early 30s, I had spent several happy years doing voluntary work and support work with children and young people, adults and children with learning disabilities, and the elderly; and a number of years working in offices. Along the way I qualified as a Youth and Community Worker. Eventually, though, my path led to a Psychology and Counselling Degree, followed by a PhD exploring the aetiology of social phobia, something that had blighted my own life for many years. The late discovery of the existence of Neuropsychology as a profession was a lightbulb moment, giving me a sense of direction and purpose for the first time in my life. I can truthfully say I appreciate and love what I do.
In 2011 I completed the Postdoctoral Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at Glasgow University. I hold Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow status with the British Psychological Society. I am a Full Member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology, and am on the Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor register. My practice is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
I feel very fortunate to work together with highly skilled Case Managers and therapists, providing rehabilitation services to people recovering from brain injuries. This also involves working with their families, who often struggle with the process of understanding and adjusting to the changes in the injured person, and who sometimes feel traumatised themselves by what has happened. My other main area of interest and specialism is providing treatment for individuals recovering from the life altering effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
I am the owner of three English Springer Spaniels, Hope, Sophie and Indie, that are very much a part of our team at work and provide us with great entertainment, especially when they sing to each other! My other interests include good food, being out with the dogs anywhere in the countryside, and the odd spot of DIY. I'm also interested in scuba diving, skydiving, and learning to fly a helicopter... one can but dream!