Having completed my undergraduate degree at Heriot Watt University 2010, I went on to work in the third sector for a number of years primarily supporting adults with autism and their families/carers. Alongside this, I worked with the Scottish Government to develop strands of the national autism strategy aiming to improve the quality of lives of autistic people and their families. I then completed a Masters from the University of Dundee in 2017 which allowed me to work therapeutically with adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Most recently, I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2021 at the University of Edinburgh. I have since been working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) specialising in assessment and intervention for a range of neurodevelopmental/neurodiverse conditions, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and intellectual disabilities (otherwise known as learning disabilities). Within my current role, I work with children, young people, and their network of adults to collaboratively make sense of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, and provide tailored systemic interventions.
Central to my clinical practice is the therapeutic alliance. This represents my commitment to ensuring a client-centred practice where I will work to understand you, your life experiences, and therapeutic goals, in a non-judgemental and safe space we will share together. Coming to therapy and investing in the therapeutic alliance involves taking measured risks which will be unlike most relationships we experience in our day to day lives. It is a chance to experience and participate in open and reflective conversations which may be personally confronting and challenging, but ultimately move you towards discovery and growth. For some, therapy may be a mode of self-learning through a formal assessment of neurodiversity and/or adapted intervention. I have maintained a strong interest in this area and continue to incorporate relevant up-to-date theory and evidence-based practice into my approach.