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Qualifications and experience

I qualified as a Developmental Psychologist in 1984 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and have practised as a Psychologist for over 30 years in the Netherlands and the UK.

After establishing myself in the UK in 2000, I worked as a Clinical Psychologist both in Private Practice and in the NHS Community Mental Health Team  in Folkestone. In the NHS I worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist and Operational Manager in Folkestone Psychological Services, providing psychological services to adults with a wide range of severe and enduring mental health issues, and managing the psychology team. From September 2018, after having worked in the NHS for 17 years, I focus my work exclusively on my private practice.

As a private practitioner, I work mainly with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based therapy where client and therapist work collaboratively. I assist people to overcome a wide variety of problems, helping them to improve the quality of their lives and fulfil their full potential, both personally and professionally.

In the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) I use CBT and EMDR. I  also apply other therapies such as Compassion Focussed therapy, Mindfulness, integrative approaches and Schema Therapy, which is a form of cognitive therapy for a wide spectrum of chronic and personality problems.

Other relevant activities include teaching and training professionals and students in CBT, and offering supervision to clinicians and trainees.

I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (www.bps.org.uk). When a psychologist is registered as a Chartered Psychologist, members of the general public can be confident that the therapist is properly qualified and experienced in the treatment of psychological problems, increases knowledge by Continuing Professional Development, and works within the ethical framework of the British Psychological Society. To learn more about the work of a clinical psychologist please follow the link About Clinical Psychology.

I am also registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), a regulator set up to protect the public. To do this, the HCP keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health (www.hcpc-uk.org.).

I am accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) (www.babcp.com). Therapists achieve accreditation after a considerable amount of training and experience in treating psychological problems with CBT. They are required to undergo Continuing Professional Development and receive regular supervision in order to maintain accreditation.

I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). I hold a professional indemnity and liability insurance and have had an Enhanced DBS check.

Memberships: the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the EMDR Association UK and Ireland (www.emdrassociation.org.uk).

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Referrals

If you would like to commence therapy you can contact me directly by phone, email or the contact form on the website. Referrals can also be made by GP’s, psychiatrists, Insurance Companies, solicitors and Providers of Professional Rehabilitation Case Management. If you have no health insurance or have not made arrangements with your employer or solicitor, the fee will be payable by yourself. Please enquire about current fees and availability. There is no fee for the first telephone or email contact, and for any communications between regular sessions, where it relates to booking or re-arranging appointments, brief queries, updates or clarifications. Withdrawal from therapy and cancellations of sessions are possible at any time, as well as amending appointments. Regrettably, appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to the full fee, regardless of the reason.

I am registered with major Private Medical Insurance Providers, including BUPA, AXA PPP, Benenden, Aviva and WPA.

I work with a network of professionals in Kent, which means that I am able to refer to a colleague in the case of a long wait, or if another specialist is appropriate in your specific circumstances. I also work with a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist who is specialised in working with children and adolescents.

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Consulting rooms

There is a pay&display car park just behind the building that you can access via Old Dover Road or Dover Street. There is another car park at Rose Lane, opposite the Bus Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 minute walk from Canterbury East Station, 10 minutes from Canterbury West and 3 minutes from the Bus Station.

Lombard House is located on the dual carriageway near the Fire Station. It has disabled access.

I work in Canterbury on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

There are parking facilities and on street parking, and disabled access.  It is close to Junction 13 of the M20.

I work in Folkestone on Tuesdays.