I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council. I am also a member and part of the conference committee for the British Psychological Society.
I began working in the NHS in 2005 and since then have worked in several NHS Trusts and also the private sector. I obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Leicester, a Masters in research degree from the University of Birmingham and my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oxford.
I have worked in a range of different mental health and neuro-rehabilitation services across the country and have a special interest in working from cognitive behavioural therapy and compassion focused therapy perspectives.
Alongside my clinical work, I hold an academic and training post on a doctoral university course in clinical psychology. I teach on a range of topics including self-care, compassion and resilience, equality, diversity and inclusion and on evidence based psychological interventions to support mental health difficulties. As well as a passion relating to supporting well-being in relation to fitness and training, I also have an interest in supporting people and families with adapting to and managing cognitive impairments (e.g. after a brain injury, stroke or diagnosis of dementia). I have experience of organising and presenting at psychology events and have been interviewed for podcasts, radio shows and was featured as part of a psychology campaign by a leading publishing and education campaign.
I am really pleased to be working as a member of the psychology team as part of the academy in order to help to consider the psychological aspects of well-being and the links with our physical health. There are a range of ways in which psychological input can be helpful as part of a holistic package. This can include discussing ways to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem/confidence, difficulties with sleep and finding ways to both introduce and implement opportunities for self-care. Psychological support can also be helpful with considering appropriate goals and how to work towards these. I am aware that lots of us lead busy and often stressful lives and am passionate about considering ways to support self-care, compassion and resilience.
I have professional experience of working in an eating disorder service and have been on my own personal journey with fitness and training. I am passionate about raising awareness of emotional well-being and mental health difficulties within Asian communities and have taken a lead role to support awareness of issues relating to cultural awareness and sensitivity as part of my NHS and university work too.