I am a founder and director of The St Andrews Practice, along with Dr Shelagh Morrison.I completed my undergraduate MA(Hons) degree in psychology at Glasgow University in 2007, my Masters Degree in Public Health at Dundee University in 2011, and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. I have worked in the NHS for ten years in a range of general adult and specialist mental health services, across three different health boards in Scotland.
Most of my experience has involved working within Community Mental Health Teams, and inpatient services, undertaking individual and group interventions with adults with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. I am trained in a range of psychological treatments including Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), and Schema Therapy (ST).
I enjoy working with people with a range of difficulties, though I have a special interest in trauma, shame, and self-criticism. I will focus on understanding your personal story, consider how you came to reach this point in your life, and use strategies that are specifically targeted to your unique situation and therapeutic goals. I will recommend a treatment plan based on your needs and preferences, with length and frequency of sessions negotiable. Psychological therapy is based on understanding and facilitating change in your inner world to enable you to live a more fulfilling life. It may be necessary at times for me to empathically challenge any unhelpful or distorted thinking patterns or so that you can get the best out of your therapeutic experience.I have a long term interest in ADHD and neurodiversity, and have two publications on quality of life in ADHD in peer reviewed journals.