Hi! I’m Amy. I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and I work part time in the NHS.
How did I become a Clinical Psychologist?
I was very lucky to really enjoy going to university to study psychology. I quickly knew it was the area I wanted to work in and so began my journey in training to be one! I spent a lovely three years up in Lancaster, then I moved to Leicester to complete my masters degree.
Over the years I have worked with lots of different people, which includes children and young people, older adults and people with intellectual disabilities, neurodevelopmental and neurological conditions. I have worked with people when they are in hospital and also when they are in their own home. Other services and difficulties I have worked with include both child and adult eating disorders, OCD, psychosis, stroke rehabilitation and people who have offended who are staying in hospital (we call this forensic services).
After working for the NHS for many years, I began my doctoral training at the University of Hertfordshire, where I spent three years completing my studies to become a qualified Clinical Psychologist.
What would it be like to meet me?
When we first meet, we will spend time getting to know each other and for me to gain an understanding into what brought you to our service. It’s really important to me that we build a solid foundation for our relationship, which is built on trust, warmth and a non-judgemental approach. I will think with you about what might be helpful in moving forwards and I will let you know what you might expect from our work together.
What type of therapies do I use and what types of problems do I work with?
During my training I have gained knowledge and experience in working with a variety of different types of therapies, which include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Systemic Therapy. I would say that I am an integrative therapist. This means I work in a way which is individual to the different people I work with, adapting my approach to fit with different difficulties and challenges.
The ways in which I work can be effective in helping people overcome difficulties such as stress, adjusting to difficult life experiences, low mood, anxiety and worry, anger, relationship and family difficulties, low self-esteem and difficulties with eating.
During my training I specialised in neurological rehabilitation, which means I have a particular interest in working with people with neurological conditions and other related long-term health conditions.
What do I enjoy outside of psychology?
When I’m not at work I spend a lot of time thinking about and eating different types of food! I love trying out new places to eat and experimenting with different recipes at home. I also play netball every week where I like to engage in my competitive side! It’s really important to me to spend time with my friends and loved ones, who I try and catch up with as much as I can.