About Me

I am a London based Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) and EMDR therapist with 9 years experience of working with depression and anxiety disorders within the NHS and privately. I’m also a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health, speaker, lecturer and researcher.

 

I have academic experience of psychology and neuroscience - including formal study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and UCL – and continue to remain current with both fields. 

 

My academic interest in stress and emotional trauma and their effects on health, combined with my experience and knowledge of psychotherapy, yoga and mindfulness and how these approaches can improve mental health equips me with a versatile approach to address a diverse range of group and individual needs. 

 

We all get stressed from time to time - in fact research shows that in England, in any given week, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression, and sometimes the emotional difficulties we face can stem from experiences that feel traumatic to us. Many people report that they worry constantly or much of the time, leading to sleepless nights and unhealthy coping habits. 

 

I work with a variety of difficulties ranging from specific disorders to more general life challenges. These may include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder

  • Social Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Phobias of specific situations or objects

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Low Confidence

  • Day to day worry

  • Stress related to exams / work / family / health conditions

  • Self Criticism

  • Perfectionism

  • Procrastination

  • Fear of Public Speaking

  • Sleep Problems

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In addition to working with clients, I place a great deal of importance on the link between scientific research and clinical practise and delivering evidence-based approaches. I’ve led a research project to assess the effects of the Minded Institute Yoga Therapy 8-week course on depression and anxiety. I worked with Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Harvard Medical School, Leigh Gibson, Roehampton University and Heather Mason, founder of The Minded Institute on this study. The results indicate that the 8-week course can bring about meaningful improvements in mental health, well-being, resilience and mindfulness. 

In December 2011 I worked with a team including Dr Luciano Bernardi, professor of internal medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy, to assess the effects of different breathing techniques and rates on baro-reflex sensitivity - a reflex mechanism that enables the body to maintain blood pressure at an appropriate rate. The research paper is available here. Dr Bernardi has published a large amount of research much of which explores breathing techniques and how modulating the breath can affect physiological measures.

If you would like to know more about this research or research happening within the field of mind-body therapy please do get in touch via the contact details below.