Skills and Experience


First and foremost, I enjoy helping clients to understand their risk behaviours, and assisting them to articulate this to those making life changing decisions for them, or about them. I have provided services as an expert witness for the last nine years, independently aiding the courts and parole board to thoroughly comprehend how complex clinical issues underpin client's risk behaviours and struggles with engagement; and making recommendations for how this may be successfully managed and addressed.

I embarked on a career in Forensic Mental Health a little over 20 years ago. I have practiced within low and high secure hospitals (both NHS and Independent), prison healthcare, police custody, probation (community rehabilitation companies), community forensic mental health teams, and I am currently practicing within a number of psychologically informed supported accommodation environments.

As such, I have extensive experience assessing and treating adults and adolescents who are experiencing a wide variety of clinical difficulties; to differing levels of severity. Most often I work with people presenting with psychotic illnesses, mood disorders, complex trauma, issues related to personality, substance misuse, acquired or traumatic brain injury, and intellectual or developmental disorders. 

I have designed, delivered and evaluated various treatment programmes for people demonstrating an increased risk of violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence/harmful sexual behaviour, fire setting, harassment/stalking, serious self harm or suicide. These are predominantly the areas of risk I have expertise in assessing; and I have spent many hours training other professionals to use the HCR-20, as a trainer trained extensively by the authors of the tool.

I am passionate about helping the next generation of Psychologists to develop, meaning I keenly supervise trainee Forensic Psychologists, maintain my own professional development, regularly lecture and provide workshops; and have held the role of Deputy Programme Leader for a BPS accredited MSc Forensic Psychology.

I am known for being especially approachable, professional, non-judgmental, calm, innovative, responsive to individual needs and thorough in my work. For successful outcomes in this field it is essential to balance being person centred, with the fundamental safety of others; to build working relationships that individual change can be anchored to.

Please feel free to request my CV to help you decide whether I may be suited to you or your client's needs. 

I hold professional indemnity and public liability insurance, a current enhanced DBS and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office. 

You can also check my active registration as a regulated Practitioner Psychologist on the Health and Care Professions Council website.

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