I am originally South African and qualified with distinction as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000 with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology.
When I moved to London, I obtained my statement of equivalence or chartered status with the British Psychological Society in 2006.
Area of Specialisation
Since qualifying, I have worked mainly in the field of adult mental health and have specialised in working with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as people struggling with relationship difficulties and sufferers of depression and anxiety.
October 2005 – present: I am currently employed as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust which is a national Centre of Excellence for treatment and research into PTSD.In this role, I have specialised in assessing and treating refugees and asylum seekers who are survivors of long-term trauma, including people who report a history of torture and sexual violence and who have been trafficked for sex or domestic servitude. I am also involved in the assessment and treatment of veterans of the British armed forces.
November 2011-present: In my private practice, I see clients in psychotherapy, providing treatment for depression, anxiety and PTSD. I work integratively to meet clients needs, drawing on my background in psychodynamic therapy as well as CBT, EMDR, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy approaches.
- March 2004-September 2005: Employed by Westminster Primary Care Trust, Learning Disability Service where I assessed and treated adults with learning disabilities and consulted to staff and carers working with this population.
- August 2001-December 2003: Clinical Psychologist at TARA Psychiatric Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa where I was the supervising psychologist at the out-patients department and at an in-patient psychiatric unit. I worked with a broad range of adults with mental health problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic spectrum disorders and personality disorders.
- July 1999-December 2001: Sessional clinical psychologist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), Johannesburg, South Africa where I worked with a broad range of adults and children presenting with PTSD, secondary to events including rape, domestic violence, car hijackings, car accidents and armed robberies.
- July 2000-July 2001: Sessional Clinical Psychologist at Coronation Women and Children’s Hospital and Helen Joseph General Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, where I worked mainly with child survivors of physical and sexual abuse and ran a support group for people with HIV/AIDS.