BSc (Hons), MSc.
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
what I do
I am in my second year of clinical psychology training and am currently on my third older adults placement. My placement is split between two services, the Buckinghamshire Neurorehabilitation Unit in Amersham and the South Bucks Older Adults team.
My first placement was in Oxford in the Children's Psychological Medicine based at the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. On this placement I was working with children, young people and their families who were struggling with difficulties such as adjustment to illness and overcoming disabling anxieties. My second placement was with the Integrated Psychological Therapies team within Bracknell Community Mental Health Team. On this placement I mostly used a cognitive-behavioural approach to support people with a range of mental health difficulties such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis.
Before starting training I worked as an assistant psychologist in a CAMHS service where I carried out individual interventions with young people to help them manage their emotions and overcome anxiety and depression. I also worked in a neuro team carrying out neuropsychological assessments with people who had experienced a brain injury both in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
My second assistant psychologist role was in neuropsychology and oncology. In this role I worked individually delivering CBT-type interventions and cognitive rehabilitation as well as carrying out neuropsychological assessment. I also ran a pilot psychological wellbeing group for women with breast cancer drawing on CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques. Alongside this, I worked at Headway the Brain Injury charity supporting brain injury survivors with cognitive rehabilitation courses and psychological adjustment post-injury.
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