We believe that our mental health is something we all need to invest in. Experiencing things like low mood, anxieties, bereavement or traumatic incidents can have a big impact on our functioning and wellbeing. This doesn’t make us “weird,” “abnormal” or “crazy.” We all do the best we can, sometimes in very difficult circumstances – and sometimes we need some help or support to get back onto what feels like the right track for us.
I am a clinical psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. I have worked in a variety of NHS services, including an Eating Disorder Service, a Community Mental Health Team, and a Complex Trauma and Dissociation Service. I have also worked in physical health settings such as a Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, and a Weight Management Service. I have a special interest in complex trauma and dissociation, and in the personal and professional development of mental health professionals.
The Koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. The Koru therefore symbolises the way in which life both changes and stays the same.