Having worked with adolescents and adults with acne, I am aware of the effect it can have on mental health: causing depression, social anxiety, low self esteem and distorting perceptions in our body image, as well as many other distressing consequences for our mood.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am experienced in offering strategies to reduce mental health suffering and improve positive well-being. This can be achieved through resolving unhelpful beliefs, learning techniques that can relax us and bring us confidence, and accepting that whilst we all have barriers in our lives, we can engage in behaviours that promote meaningful activity.
I have completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London (UCL) and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have worked for over ten years with people with acne, body dysmorphia, and other visible differences, as well as with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual dysfunctions, relationship issues, and many other mental health difficulties. I use different therapy modalities, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). More than anything, I will always work with you using a person-centered approach, which means that I conduct therapy through empathy, non-judgement and warmth.
During the consultation, we will discuss the mental health distress you experience as a consequence of your acne, and agree on a plan of how best to improve your mood despite this. We will reflect on how this has caused difficulties in your life, what it prevents you from being able to do, and consider how best to work together to achieve your goals.