I have supervised and contributed to a number of research projects at Doctoral and MSc level and presented and taught nationally and internationally. This year I presented a two hour webinar on Visible Difference to members of the British Psychological Society.

Clinically, I have worked for a number of years in Primary Care and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, before joining Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust, where I continue to work part time supporting patients who require surgery for either congenital or acquired conditions. I am the Clinical Lead for The North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service, the Maxillofacial Service and The Dental Service. 

Physical Health

The main focus of my work at Great Ormond Street Hospital relates to the psychological implications of having a medical health condition that requires a surgical intervention.  Many patients have either been born with or acquired a visible difference as a result of their condition. This can result in low self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, social anxiety, or more specifically procedural anxiety. 

Emotional and Mental Health

I have nearly 20 years of experience providing evidence-based interventions for a range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, social-anxiety, low self-esteem, body dysmorphia. I have worked across the life-span, which requires a thorough understanding of psycho-social development and attachment. Consideration of a person’s wider system is integral to the work and I’m thus able to work with the wider family, school and any other systems necessary. 

Professional Accreditations

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am also a member of the Clinical Excellence Network for Cleft Lip and Palate Services around the UK.

Areas of Expertise
  • Visible difference
  • Preparation for surgery
  • Consent to treatment
  • Adjustment to a new diagnosis
  • Adjustment to a chronic condition
  • Pain management
  • Self-esteem
  • Social anxiety
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • The psychological impact of bullying
  • The psychological impact of neuro-diverse presentations such as Autism
  • Behaviour management
  • Toileting issues
  • Feeding issues in younger children
  • Parenting