I am a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in working with parents and their infants during pregnancy and early childhood.
My passion is working with parents and babies to help them to develop a strong bond and attachment. I believe that early intervention is crucial when a baby is conceived or born, in order to avoid difficulties and stop them becoming persistent or worse.
I find the area of parent infant relationships fascinating, and keep up to date with the most current psychological theory and research.
Welcome to my website.
I have an First Class honours degree in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and I completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCL. I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (membership number PYL29711).
I offer evidence based assessment and psychological treatments for a range of mental health concerns. I draw on CBT, compassion focused, psychodynamic and systemic models of therapy. Attachment theory underpins all of my work.
I have worked in psychological services within the NHS for 10 years. Over the last four years I have worked in specialist parent and infant mental health services in inner city London. Prior to this I worked in child and adolescent mental health services in London. As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to work across the life span and with a wide variety of mental health issues.
■ Low mood and “post natal depression”
■ Worry and anxiety
■ Difficulties adjusting to parenthood
■ Concerns about feelings towards the baby
■ Birth trauma
■ Becoming a parent after loss or bereavement
■ Becoming a parent through fertility treatment
■ Concerns about your baby seeming very unsettled, fussy
■ Difficulties with weaning
■ Emotional outbursts or so-called tantrums
■ Concerns about sleep, though I do not offer controlled crying solutions
I prefer to talk to clients briefly on the telephone before our first meeting, to introduce myself and explain a little bit about what to expect when we meet.
I usually offer 6 sessions, starting with an assessment, and then we review our work together and discuss whether more sessions are needed.
I hope that parents bring their babies or toddlers with them to sessions where possible. There will be a play mat, toys, a place to change your baby and a comfy chair to feed.
There may be times when it is not appropriate for you to bring your baby, such as times when we need to discuss some particularly difficult or emotive topics. We can discuss this should the need arise.
I work across Cambridge. Please contact me for details of the locations that I work from.
I offer daytime appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays.
I can offer evening appointments and Saturday morning appointments at a slightly higher rate.
All sessions last for 50 minutes and are charged at £80 per session.
Evening and Saturday morning appointments can be arranged and are charged at £100 per session.
Payment for our initial session is charged in advance via bank transfer. Following this you can pay via bank transfer or cash.
In exceptional circumstances I can offer a reduced rate based on income, but this must be agreed in advance.
I offer training to other professionals. In the past I have offered workshops on attachment, sleep, weaning and behaviour.
I have delivered training workshops to health visitors on perinatal mental health and also how to conduct listening visits.
I have good experience of facilitating reflective practice groups with health visitors and family support workers.
Please contact me for any enquiries about training or groups that you would like me to deliver.