I am a Clinical Psychologist by training, specialising in the perinatal period. I left my Band 8 Clinical Psychologist post in 2005 to spend some time doing something a little less emotionally demanding while bringing up my children. I started teaching HypnoBirthing to expectant couples. I went on to train with Michel Odent to be a birth doula in 2007 and have been attending births since then.
In 2008, I began running workshops for midwives, mainly with a view to getting to know midwives better and understanding their work. I was struck by the level of responsibility, stress and fear that is inherent in the role of the midwife, but also by the intuitive compassion, passion and care that is there. My workshops are aimed at enhancing the care and mitigating the stressors for midwives.
Having trained in the NHS, I worked there for over 15 years, focusing on treating a range of adult mental health problems. During my time in the NHS I worked with the eminent Professor Paul Gilbert in the art of cognitive behaviour therapy and Compassion focused therapy. I also worked in a psychosexual clinic, where I met women who had been traumatised by their births, and were having ongoing sexual and relationship problems as a result. The impact of their birth had fascinated me.
I continue to provide a trauma therapy service for Pallant Psychological Services, on an independent basis. Since then, I have also added hypnosis techniques, including the Human Givens method, to my therapeutic skills, and have found this to be an invaluable tool.
Contact me on 07969 830929 or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical Psychologist, Birth Doula, Hypnobirthing practitioner
(BA Hons. BSc. C. Psych HPC)