I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based at the Salomons campus. I also have a private cognitive behavioural therapy practice. I worked for the NHS for 12 years, initially as a mental health nurse and more recently combining this with CBT. This NHS work involved acute inpatient services, detoxification (alcohol and drugs) and primary care settings (GP Practice). The age group of clients I have worked with ranges between 16 and 80 and covers the full range of mental health difficulties, from mild to severe and from acute to chronic.
I am responsible for teaching on the High Intensity CBT Programme at Salomons, having worked here since 2009. I am involved in writing and delivering lectures and practical skills workshops on our BABCP Level 2 accredited course, as well as being a personal tutor and course supervisor on the programme. In 2016 I completed an MSc in CBT, with my research focusing on what elements of CBT Supervision participants consider effective. In the same year, I gained the University Certificate in Academic Practice, gaining Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
My particular areas of interest include CBT supervision, and working with clients who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, social phobia and blood-injury/needle phobia.
Research and knowledge exchange
In 2016 I completed a small study about supervision in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy using a mixture of thematic analysis and an Adapted Delphi Poll. It looked at what elements of CBT Supervision supervisors and supervisees on a CBT training programme rate as being most helpful.
Teaching and subject expertise
I have expertise in teaching within subject areas within the field of mental health, including risk assessment/management and, in particular, in the area of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of anxiety disorders and depression. I am also particularly interested in clinical (and specifically CBT) supervision, having focused on this area for my research in 2016.
Since 2009 I have taught cohorts ranging in size from 20 to 60, as well as small group supervision (2's and 3's) and therefore have experience in using a variety of teaching methods to engage groups of different sizes and for different purposes (for example facilitating practical skills workshops vs lectures including a number of interactive elements).
I am an accredited member of the BABCP as well as a registered mental health nurse.
I was a founding member of the BABCP Supervision Special Interest Group (SIG) and was both Secretary and Treasurer on its committee until 2016. This involved organising national workshops focused on the area of CBT Supervision, as this is an area that had been underrepresented within CPD events.