After an extensive career in the media industry, I traded the camera for academia and gained BPS status with a BSc. in Psychology & Abuse. Wanting to progress further in mental health intervention design, I completed a MSc. in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice. I am now an early career Psychologist with particular interests in trauma, abuse, self, person centred formulations and Community Psychology.
I have worked for twelve years with trauma victims within charity and faith based organisations, subsequently working with people who do not ‘fit’ a diagnosis. I completed my BSc. and MSc. winning 4 awards including ‘2018 Researcher of the Year’ and ‘2017 Pro-Vice Chancellor Award for Outstanding Student’. Currently I am a mental health research assistant helping design interventions spanning criminology, safeguaring, psychology & vulnerable populations before persuing a PhD.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I had a ten-year extensive career in television directing and producing life-stories with trauma victims and vulnerable populations. My work included interviewing groups and one-to-one in schools, drug addiction units, with victims of trafficking, sex workers and with the homeless. Now trained in Level 7 counselling and clinical skills I am uniquely qualified to know how to relax interviewees prior to filming, enabling rich discussion in the interview process, as well as being able and qualified to calm, counsel and ground people should any emotions arise.
I am the co-founder of Manchester’s Mental Health Choir – a community based project in partnership with the Bridgewater Hall and disability charity TripleC. My clinical skills underpin the facilitation and safeguarding of this group. The group has 120 members with 50-65 attending regularly. Research with this group showed choir membership reduces self-reporting anxiety and depression significantly, increases life quality and wellbeing and combats loneliness. The choir’s impact informed Manchester City Council's decision to arrange a mass sing-along at the Arena Attack Anniversary 2018. I was interviewed about the science behind singing before the choir sang to an audience of 15,000 people.
I am an advisor and regular keynote speaker for teen charity ‘Youth Mental Health Matters’. Our aims are to raise awareness of mental health trends in young people, train teachers, pupils and parents how to spot mental health symptoms and to overcome poor help seeking behaviours.