Kate is an HCPC registered chartered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS for over 15 years with children, families and adults. She currently works for a national NHS team based in Manchester and London, offering training, consultation and supervision to professionals who are providing evidence-based programmes to young people in the care system.
Kate is also an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and supervisor and offers supervision to mental health professional in the NHS and private practice.
No one gets through life without experiencing some degree of loss or pain, it’s part of what makes us human. But sometimes we can get stuck in our pain, our anxiety, or in our behavioural patterns with others or with ourselves and we can make things worse and prolong our own suffering. It’s not our fault that we get stuck but we all have the capacity to change if we want to, even if this is hard.
I strongly believe that anyone looking for professional help must find someone that they feel they can develop a trusting relationship with – this is central to any effective therapy.
I draw on several evidence-based approaches to inform my clinical practice. While I am an accredited CBT therapist and supervisor, I also have training in both Compassion Focused and Mindfulness-based therapies for children and adults. I also have extensive training and experience in using behavioural interventions with children and families.
The most important aspect of my work is to reach a shared understanding with the people that I work with so that we can come up with an evidence-based plan for treatment that it realistic and effective.
As a parent myself I am well aware of the demands of juggling work and family life and while my work with clients is evidence-based it also needs to be realistic and pragmatic for all of those involved.
Who I work with
I work with children, families, individuals and couples who may be experiencing psychological distress for any number of reasons; stressful life events, work-related difficulties, bullying, family breakdown, bereavement or trauma. I work with common psychological problems including various anxiety disorders, depression, trauma-related distress and difficulties with overwhelming emotions.
While I work directly with some children and adolescents, a lot of effective interventions for younger children are parent-based or may involve parents in some way. For parents of younger children, I strongly recommend a parent-only consultation in the first instance but think this is a good starting point for any parents/carers, no matter how old your children.
I am motivated by the incredible capacity that people have to change and recover and survive. My motivation is greatly enhanced by the evidence that psychological interventions can be effective in facilitating change in both children, adults and in our relationships.
I am a registered healthcare provider for several insurers, including BUPA, AXA-PPP and AVIVA. If you are insured by another provider please do let me know and I can complete the registration prior to any sessions.