About Utopia Psychological Services
Thank you for visiting my page. I am the director of Utopia Psychological Services, which is an independent mental health service based in Newcastle Under Lyme, in Staffordshire.
I am a Chartered and HCPC registered doctor of Clinical Psychology, with a specialism in the treatment of complex trauma.
I like to get to the bottom of things - and therefore, in your first few sessions with me I will hope to go over as much information as possible with you about the past, present and your hopes for the future. This assessment will then enable us to develop an understanding/ hypothesis (formulation) about:
1) What your current difficulties are
2) The factors in your early life that may be contributing to these difficulties
3) any recent events which have triggered your current problems
4) what is preventing you from getting better or reaching your goals
5) What your strengths are or what resources you have which will help you to get better
6) What your goals are
Care plan/ Treatment plan
Once we have gathered the above information we can develop a care plan or a treatment plan. This will be based on my recommendation of what psychological therapy I think would be helpful for you. This will be based on the most up to date clinical research and also on guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In drawing up this plan we would take into consideration which goals you would like to prioritise. This plan would also take into account what you are able to afford. I am able to design a psychological intervention which is brief (1-6 sessions), or medium (6-20) to longer term (20 +).
I hold over 15 years experience delivering Mental Health Services. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work within In-patient, Out-patient and community mental health services. This means that I have treated people with a wide range of difficulties and across the whole range of severity. Having seen positive results for people experiencing mild, moderate or severe difficulties, means that I am confident about the effectiveness of therapy and people’s potential to change their circumstances for the better. I have held Clinical Psychology positions within the NHS and also within a national charity, treating survivors of torture and those who have experienced organized violence. .
I specialise in working with trauma along the whole spectrum of severity e.g. from human rights abuses, childhood abuse to bullying. There has been an increase in demand from individuals who are experiencing trauma and stress due to their work e.g. Police officers, humanitarian workers, and also those working in stressful corporate settings. Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are now available via some organisations, therefore, it is worth asking your HR department about this.
Please see my website for more information about me at: www.utopiapsychologicalservices.com
My training, work experience and any achievement
2016 - Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate (in process of completing) - Cardiff University/Bond Solon
2013 - Training of Trainers - Solution Focused Therapy
2012 - EMDR Certificate part 1,2 & 3
2011 - STAR Supervisor training
2011 - Training of Trainers - Freedom from Torture
2010 - Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
2004 - BSc Psychology Honours
Director and Clinical Psychologist - Utopia Psychological Services - 2015 - Present
Clinical Psychologist - Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - 2010-Present
Clinical Psychologist - Freedom from Torture West Midlands - 2010 - 2015
Trainee Clinical Psychologist - University of Nottingham/ Derbyshire Mental Health Services - 2007-2010
Assistant Psychologist - South Birmingham Learning Disabilities Services -2006 -2007
Assistant Psychologist - Moseley Hall Hospital Birmingham - 2005-2006
Health Care Assistant - Notts Healthcare Highbury Hospital - 2003- 2005
My work is my passion and I pride myself in delivering a high standard of service. I am constantly trying to learn new methods and approaches to helping people and thrive on seeing people improve their situation and enjoying a better quality of life. I continue to provide training voluntarily alongside Freedom from Torture and also hold a position in the NHS.
Just a thought.... Why is it that we will invest thousands in short term (holidays, shopping, restaurants, gifts, chocolate, gadgets, spa days, marathons, gym, personal trainer, diets, drinking, smoking, drugs, cosmetic surgery, new teeth, massage etc) attempts to make us feel good, but we won’t invest the price of a holiday into therapy? Don’t get me wrong, I believe its important to treat yourself, but living with difficulties such as anxiety and depression reduces your quality of life considerably. life is too short to waste hours, days, weeks, months or years contemplating an issue which has held you back for way too long. I have undergone therapy myself for a year and I found that it was hugely beneficial to me.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
- Womens Health
- Mens Health
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Womens Health: £100/session
- Mens Health: £100/session
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): £100/session
- Counselling: £100/session
- EMDR: £100/session
- Psychotherapy: £100/session
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