I am a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist with a passion for working with families and parents to be. Pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life is such a precious and sensitive time that I feel privileged to work with families during this time.
In my current role within the NHS I work with women who are experiencing some form of distress, either during their pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life. I am experienced in a range of psychological therapies and have worked with mothers individually and in groups. In addition, I have worked with expectant mothers and fathers in group settings to help them prepare for the changes to come.
After achieving a 1:1 BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of York I completed my doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Hull, where I developed my interest in perinatal work. I have over 5 years of experience of working in a variety of mental health settings, and have completed further training through the Anna Freud Centre. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner psychologist (clinical).
I have a young child myself and find this area of psychology even more fascinating now that I have my own experience of the joy and tribulations that come from being a parent!
Becoming a parent has been an adventure like no other, however I have also found the experience to be more challenging than I anticipated. This was partly due to the lack of information available to me during the antenatal sessions I attended. Although I felt more confident about the labour, I was ill-prepared for what happened beyond this. During the first 6 months of our son’s life, my partner and I had to overcome issues surrounding the birthing experience, tongue tie, silent reflux and a dairy allergy! These hurdles have made us very aware of how useful it would have been to explore the feelings that might have emerged postnatally. Forming a strong bond with local parents was essential for us, and me especially, in coping through those first months. As a result I was able to talk openly and honestly about my expectations versus the reality that I faced. I am very happy to be working with Steph to bring you these sessions which we hope will help to fill that gap in your parenting journey. I live with my partner and son in Leytonstone, east London.
Until recently I was a secondary school teacher, having taught geography to students for 10 years. I am now a social media marketing manager and am passionate about building communities that support parents, using the Instagram handle @motheringfunday to share my parenting experiences. If you'd like to read more about why I co-founded Holding The Baby then you can do so here.