As a Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist I am committed to supporting people to make positive changes to their lifestyle and their health.
I am passionate about improving health and helping people to take control of their current situation. For over a decade I have worked with different populations to develop techniques and opportunities to make positive changes to a range of health behaviours. These include stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, changing attitudes towards certain behaviours during pregnancy and adapting to physical and psychological changes following treatment, particular for prostate cancer.
My experience of working with many different groups of people has allowed me to explore different techniques that achieve success. When treating any health condition the most important thing to remember is what works for one individual does not necessarily work for another. My approach puts you as an individual at the centre of everything we do, with tailored programmes developed specific to your needs to maximise success.
In 2010 I completed a PhD which explored NHS stop smoking services and smoking cessation behaviour following the introduction of the smoke-free legislation in England. In 2011 I completed my second doctorate training, qualifying as a Health Psychologist and a Practitioner Psychologist, and being awarded chartered status. I am a General Member of the Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society, membership number 137952 and a Professional Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council, registration number PYL28241.
Alongside my private psychology practice I work as a Senior Research Associate in Cancer at the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle, University of Bristol. This research post involves designing, initiating, implementing and running physical activity and nutritional intervention trials for men with prostate cancer. Further to this I have conducted qualitative interviews with prostate cancer patients, their partners and health care professionals, and systematically reviewed lifestyle intervention and cancer progression literature. I have quantitatively examined changes in lifestyle behaviours in patients with prostate cancer pre and post diagnosis, as well as conducting photo methodology and focus groups with young mothers in deprived communities to explore the implications of being a young mother on cancer prevention.
When I am not working I am kept busy by my young family, and can often be found exploring the local countryside with my husband, our toddler and our cocker spaniel.
Get in touch to find out how I can help you to achieve your goals.