Thanks for visiting! I provide online clinical services (Telehealth video sessions) for adults who are experiencing stress and loss in their lives and find it difficult to cope. I provide services for people struggling with long-term health issues or associated treatments, whose quality of life is poor but who want to live a meaningful life despite their illness. I also support caregivers of people with a long-term illness who are having a hard time with the stress and grief that often comes with caring for someone who is unwell.
I run a relatively small practice which means I'm able to dedicate more time to each of my clients. I often use an Integrative Therapeutic Approach that adapts to the unique needs of each client, drawing from a range of different approaches. The aim is to restore daily functioning and minimize the many consequences of your situation on your quality of life. I place a strong emphasis on people's existential and spiritual well-being. Read More >
I see clients with a range of different issues in relation to their health and wellbeing. Here are some common ones:
You experience a lot of overwhelming stress or loss in your life and you don't know how to deal with it. Chronic stress can take a toll on your mind and body so you may want to discover better ways of coping to manage your stress.
You have a hard time coping with long-term health problems or a chronic illness (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, CFS, an auto-immune disorder, EDS etc.) and it's affecting your quality of your life in a number of ways; it may cause you chronic pain and fatigue, impact on your sleep, reduce your mobility, affect your ability to work, cause you to become less independent and more socially isolated, affect how you see yourself, e.g. your identity, body image and self-esteem and cause feelings of anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, a lack of meaning and purpose and spiritual distress. You may even grieve for the life you once had but are no longer able to live and you may worry about future uncertainties. (For more on Health Related Quality of Life, please click here.)
You have difficulties with those around you such as lack of support and understanding from family members or even health care professionals. Indeed, dealing with health care services can sometimes be really frustrating, upsetting and even traumatic.
Your healthcare provider has told you to eat a certain diet, lose weight, exercise more or adhere to a certain medication regime. These things are sometimes difficult to achieve for various reasons so you may need support with how to change your behaviour in relation to your health.
Or you may have not been diagnosed with an illness at all but with chronic pain or other physical symptoms of no known cause and feel overwhelmed and at a loss in how to deal with it.
You're caring for a loved one or a friend with a long-term illness and have a hard time with the stress that often comes with that. Or perhaps someone has passed away and you're finding it difficult to cope with the situation or with the grief and you need someone to walk beside you on that journey.
If you feel you are struggling with any of these issues or something else related to how you cope with your illness or situation, you may benefit from some extra support. Read More >
I use a secure Telehealth service (SimplePractice.com) that is HIPAA and GDPR compliant and very easy to use. Basically, you are sent a link before each appointment that takes you straight to the Telehealth window which is very similar to a Zoom or Skype call but of higher quality. All you need is a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. If you feel a bit intimidated by the technology, don't worry! I'm more than happy to guide you through it. For more information about what Telehealth is and how it works, please click here.
We know from scientific research that conducting therapy online has the same therapeutic effect as those carried out in person and using this approach allows me to reach people from further afield. An online therapy option is indeed very helpful for people with a long-term illness or in a caregiving role as many may simply not be well enough, or in a position, to leave their homes. It's also a safer option for those who are immunocompromised, especially during the current Covid 19 pandemic.
If you have any questions, or if you'd like to book a session, just send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Practitioner Health Psychologist
HCPC Licence reg. no: PYL21971
Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist