Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I am currently in my final year of clinical psychology training. I am undertaking a specialist placement in a community-based neuro-rehabilitation team, where I work within a multidisciplinary team to support people who have experienced acquired brain injuries. During training I have also worked in a child and adolescent mental health service, a community mental health team, an older people's mental health service, and a community learning disability team.
Prior to training, I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Exeter. I pursued an interest in acquired brain injury, volunteering with a brain injury charity, undertaking an internship supporting a researcher in neuropsychology, and completing an undergraduate research project on mild traumatic brain injury in adolescents. I then began working in the NHS, first within a Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities, and subsequently within an Older People’s Mental Health Service and Memory Clinic.
My professional interests span across multiple client groups and I have enjoyed the breadth of experience I have gained in training. I value in my work opportunities to support those whose voices may often go unheard in society, be it young people, people who have an acquired brain injury, or people with dementia. I am also interested in the use of systemic models to support people, families, communities, and staff teams.
For my dissertation, I am undertaking qualitative research on the experiences of panic attacks for adolescents. This research aims to explore these experiences, in order to improve understanding of panic attacks within the context of adolescence. This may help to improve and tailor treatments for adolescents in the future.