SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS & OTHER TRAINING
- BSc. (Hons) Psychology – University of Leicester
- Post Graduate Certificate in Research Psychology – University of Leicester
- Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Psychology University of Manchester
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Liverpool
- Attachment Narrative Therapy – Institute of Family Therapy
- Solihull Approach
- Solution Focused Therapy – Brief Institute,
- Black Mental Health Issues (Various Training) – Mental Health Shop, Leicester
- I work innovatively with adults and children from all communities, with a range of mental health, developmental (cognitive) and/or attachment related difficulties in community, statutory and forensic settings.
- I work with Bespoke Psychology as a Freelance Clinical Psychologist, Expert witness, researcher, therapist, trainer and consultant since 2003
- Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust commissioned to provide clinical supervision
- Expert Associate Member, Lead Team For Improving Services for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Sheffield NHS
- Academic Tutor, D. Clin. Psychol. course Sheffield University/Clinical Psychologist, Central Liverpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital
- Clinical Psychologist at the following locations: Building Bridges Service, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital; Service Lead for Work With Black and Minority Ethnic Children and Families, Working Together, Primary Care CAMHS Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital; Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service and Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
- Lecturer in Developmental and Introductory Psychology, Solusi University, Zimbabwe
- Management Committee Member/Researcher, Mental Health Shop, Leicester
I am a clinical psychologist and currently work as an expert witness, therapist and trainer, conducting psychological assessments of adults and children with a range of psychological, emotional and educational needs in community, statutory and forensic settings. I provide assessments in all areas of child abuse. I have a specialist interest in working with families in which a parent has experienced severe mental health problems and who have themselves experienced systematic emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, either historically or currently. I work with all families and also have an additional specialist remit around Black and minority ethnic (BME) families.
Within the NHS, I have worked in both Adult and Child mental health settings. In adult services, this included therapeutic assessment and intervention with adults experiencing severe mental health difficulties, including psychosis. In child NHS settings, this included providing direct therapeutic work with children and parents, joint case work, training and consultation based on the Solihull approach. Additionally in CAMHS I provided neuropsychological assessments of children with a range of special educational needs and/or development disorders. I also worked for a number of years in Building Bridges, an award winning specialist CAMHS for children and families from BME communities in Liverpool. This included consultation with foster carers and therapy with looked after children with attachment or cultural identity difficulties. I also provided training on child rearing practices across cultures, including discipline practices and cross cultural perceptions of disability. We also worked with Yemeni, Somali and Black British communities to improve relationships between fathers and sons, which were strained by the impact of migration and/or experiences of discrimination in the UK. This involved joint meetings between communities and Liverpool social services. I managed and provided psychological consultation for the production of a DVD produced from experiences of Black fathers, to train other Black fathers and professionals working with them.
At Sheffield University I co-ordinated the Child Clinical Psychology and the Learning Disabilities teaching curriculum as part of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training Course and acted as an internal assessor of submitted assessment and therapy reports provided by trainees on clinical placement, of their work with children, adults, older adults and individuals with learning disabilities. Currently I am writing and researching into effective attachment based interventions for families in the UK, who are at risk of or currently are in care proceedings. I am also working with researchers in Sheffield to explore current discipline practices in Ghana. Additionally I am supervising research into the emotional impact of separation due to migration and subsequent reunification in the UK on family relationships.
We submit reports within 4-6 weeks of receiving instructions and the bundle. My aim is to provide the report within 7 days of completing the assessment.
The Solihull Approach is model of working with families, babies, children and young people who are affected by emotional and behavioural difficulties. The model incorporates three concepts of containment (creating a emotional space in a relationship), reciprocity (in the parent-child relationship) and behaviour management.