Clinical Psychology and Physical Health
Clinical Psychologists use a bio-psycho-social approach to facilitate emotional wellbeing in people living with long term physical health conditions. They play an important role in assessing, understanding, and helping people to address psychological distress arising from changes to physical health.
This work can involve any of the following:
Managing physical symptoms that negatively impact on quality of life and emotional wellbeing.
Addressing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Helping people to regain their confidence and adjust to living with long term health conditions using evidence based approaches.
After completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2006, I specialised in physical health working in the department of Clinical Health Psychology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. I also worked at Guy’s Hospital as part of a Kings College London research team developing cognitive behavioural interventions for women experiencing menopausal symptoms following breast cancer treatment or due to life stage.
In 2011, I moved to Manchester to work at the Manchester and Salford Pain Centre, a regional inter-disciplinary specialist centre for chronic pain management where I remain today as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Chronic Pain Management. I co-facilitate pain management programmes with physiotherapists and medical consultants (PMPs) as recommended by the British Pain Society, as well as doing individual psychological therapy and joint work with physiotherapists.
My experience is centred on helping people to understand and manage psychological distress when living with long term health conditions. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council and used an evidence based approach.
I retain an interest in women’s health and continue to facilitate patient workshops and training days for the charity Breast Cancer Care and the British Menopause Society.