Adult Mental Health Research Psychotherapist
I work as an Adult Mental Health Research Psychotherapist.
Within this role, I work as part of the Adult Mental Health team looking to bring studies into primary care adult mental health services. My responsibilities include identifying appropriate studies, negotiating with study teams regarding the initial set up of studies within Solent NHS Trust, recruiting patients or staff and collecting data.
I am a registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I obtained my psychology undergraduate degree in 2007 and completed a post-graduate certificate in low-intensity CBT in 2010 working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for two years post completion. In 2013 I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT and am employed within the Portsmouth Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service treating patients with anxiety disorders and depression. Since qualifying, I have completed further training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In additional to clinical practice I work on a consultancy basis as a clinical supervisor and lecturer for the Post Graduate Course in CBT at the University of Southampton.
Why I love my job
My motivations for becoming a therapist were in part influenced by my own experience of mental health difficulties and this extends to why I’m passionate about research within this area. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to trying to make sense of human behaviour so I love nothing more than reading up on the theory surrounding evidenced based treatments and trying to get to grips with how our brains work. As a therapist, it is important that we follow the evidence base and use the recommended treatments in order to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care available. As a researcher we need to consider how we are contributing to the evidence base, evaluating current interventions and ensuring that we are working with studies which will improve patient care across Solent NHS Trust. I feel extremely lucky that I get to work in a patient centred team whose enthusiasm for research and patient wellbeing is absolutely lovely.
More about me
In my spare time I like to draw. I’m a very proud mum to two very handsome guinea pigs and I’m at my most happiest somewhere by the sea with my headphones plugged in.
Current projects/research studies
Reduce work stream 3
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