I'm a chartered (CPsychol) and a licenced Practitioner Health Psychologist, an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society, a professional member of the American Psychological Association's Division 38 (Health Psychology) and a professional member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. I obtained my postgraduate education (MSc, PhD, CPsychol) from the Division of Medicine at UCL in London, UK. I have previously held positions at several departments within UCL/UCL Medical School: the Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine, Division of Medicine; the Department of Mental Health Sciences/Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit; the Department of Primary Care and Population Health, and; Cancer Research UK's Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
I have over 18 years of experience as an applied (health) psychologist and I've been a Practitioner Health Psychologist since 2005. My work has generally centred around the areas of illness adjustment, the management of long-term conditions and improving health care. There has been a strong emphasis on the existential and spiritual aspects of chronic illness throughout.
As a Practitioner Health Psychologist, I provide online clinical services to adults struggling with a long-term illness. I use my broad knowledge of health psychology theories and scientific evidence in my practice, incorporating acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and many other practices such as mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. I provide my online services worldwide. I will eventually offer evidence based online courses for people living with a long-term illness to assist those who are struggling, to live more effectively with their condition and learn skills to improve their quality of life.
I'm registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom as a Practitioner Health Psychologist. The HCPC are regulators who protect the public by ensuring their registered professionals meet the standards of their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. My HCPC license number is PYL21971. I'm committed to ongoing continuous professional development to maintain, update and develop my skills and knowledge.
I have conducted extensive patient and health care research over the years and I have presented my work at numerous national and international conferences. For a list of my publications and book chapters, please click here. I have lectured post graduate students of health psychology and psychiatry and provided training to general practitioners (GPs).
I also have personal experience with chronic illness. I live with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder) and chronic pain is no stranger to me. I know firsthand how hard it can be to juggle life, work and ill health while navigating the health care system; being left frustrated and sometimes angry at the lack of support and understanding. I appreciate the impact illness can have on your identity and how isolating it can be. How disappointing it sometimes is that life didn’t end up how you thought it would, how hard it can be to live with uncertainty, and how necessary it is to readjust expectations and find meaning in a new situation to lead a more fulfilling life. It is possible!
I have spent the majority of my life in London, United Kingdom. I am widowed and I currently reside in Oklahoma City, USA with two very sweet rescue Pit bull dogs.