B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc.
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I am in my third year of training. My first placement was in an adult Community Mental Health Team. My second placement was in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Specialist Community Team. My third placement was in a Psychological Service for People with Learning Disabilities. My fourth placement was in a Mental Health Service for Older People. My final year specialist placement is in an Intensive Support Team and a Psychological Service for People with Learning Disabilities.
My research dissertation empirical project involves using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and interviewing parents about their experiences of having a child, with an intellectual disability, transition to adulthood. My research review paper is a systematic review of studies using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the experiences of parents who have a child with an intellectual disability.
I have an interest in working with people with learning disabilities and autism. Following my undergrad, I worked for a year in a sixth form with students with learning disabilities and speech and language difficulties. I then worked for two years as an assistant psychologist in a service with adults with autism and challenging behaviour. I have worked as a one to one support worker for ten years with children and young adults with learning disabilities and autism. I have an older brother with autism and Down Syndrome and a younger sister with Down Syndrome and ADHD.
During my Masters at Reading University I completed a one year placement at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I carried out initial assessments with adolescents and their parents/carers as well as helping conduct research within the clinic.
I spent the two years prior to starting training working in an IAPT service assessing and treating adults with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Waite, P., Codd, J. and Creswell, C. (2015) Interpretation of ambiguity: differences between children and adolescents with and without an anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 188. pp 194-201.