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Carshalton, England, UK
Registered Midwife/Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Aromatherapist
Hi, I am a Registered Midwife/Chartered Counselling Psychologist, registered with NMC, BPS and HCPC, specialising in all aspects of antenatal and postnatal midwifery care. I work privately as a Counselling Psychologist in South London plus part-time for a private company specialising in chronic illness and behaviour change. I have experience in a variety of areas and am a bereavement counsellor and substance misuse counsellor. I so believe in attachment and loss as a concept and work in a relational way with clients.
I am branching out to developing a private antenatal and postnatal service incorporating parent craft classes both in groups and individually, and visiting parents at home after the birth of their baby.
I am also a massage therapist/aromatherapist (ITEC) and have experience of working with women both antenatally and postnatally in their own homes.
Senior Programme Assistant/Counselling Psychologist
Atlantis Healthcare UK
From January 2013
Atlantis healthcare work with pharmaceutical agencies and clients who are prescribed certain medications with a view towards adherence and behaviour change in chronic illness. My role involves having responsibility for the organisation of the contact centre; ensuring company services are delivered within the relevant service level agreements.
I work on patient support programmes, one is in my role as a Counselling Psychologist delivering a CBT package via telephone to clients with rheumatoid arthritis; the other is a more supportive role for clients with ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis or chronic myeloid leukaemia. I act as a point of reference and support to staff handling difficult calls, suggesting corrective measures and escalation when appropriate.
I work with another Counselling Psychologist, and we attend weekly clinical meetings with the team of Health Psychologists, and Professor of Health Psychology 'John Weinman', in order to update ourselves with regard to new pharmaceutical medications, journal meetings for continual professional development and peer supervision.
Private practice as a Counselling Psychologist
From August 2013
I have a private practise in Clapham and work from another in Kentish Town, North London.
I maintain an interest in perinatal women's health, whilst working relationally, one to one with clients.
I continue to work for the NHS as a bank Midwife for St Helier Hospital, and am now expanding into the private sector. Please do email me for further information.
Perinatal Mental Health Lead
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
January 2012 - December 2012
My role involved coordinating and managing both the one to one counselling service, and the group therapy service across East Sussex; developing and coordinating support groups and promoting activities relating to perinatal mental health ensuring practice was evidence based.
I was responsible for the delivery of mandatory training to heath visiting staff across children's services and maternity services in line with NICE guidance and the Health Child Programme. I liaised and trained staff with regard to clinical guidelines, the role of attachment and attachment theory, availability of support for parents during the perinatal period and training in active listening and cognitive behavioural skills.
I had responsibility for the identified public health budget and authorizing expenditure within the allocated budget, and worked closely with commissioners to secure funding, and report on the uptake of both the one to one service and group therapy service as required.
I was responsible for the recruitment and line management of five volunteer counsellors. I had first contact, via telephone, with parents or carers who wanted to access the counselling service for those who had responsibility for children under the age of five years. Within nine months I managed to secure four more counselling placements throughout East Sussex to help with client demand, and consulted with colleagues to further develop the group therapy service.
Team Leader for High Risk Midwifery Team
Chelsea and Westminster H.C Trust
October 2010 - December 2011
This role incorporated developing and updating an existing high risk team in order to integrate both high risk physical or medical problems and high risk complex social factors including women with substance misuse, mental health issues, teenage/asylum seekers or unsupported women who were pregnant. My role included writing a proposals for team integration, updating existing guidelines, attending multi-disciplinary meetings for substance misuse and vulnerable women, attending other midwifery units including both Manchester and London to assess ways of working, management of team, teaching and audit. I also worked in clinic and within the maternity unit as the midwife responsible for high risk midwifery.
January 2006 - October 2010
Community Midwife The role included providing management and support for a group of nine Community Midwives in the Parsons Green Area of London. Duties included management and updating of staff and performing staff appraisals, plus liaising with various other departments such as social services, Sure Start, and Perinatal Services to enable us as a team to give total Midwifery care for a caseload of women and their families. This included antenatal, intrapartum and post-natal care to enable women to give birth at home or within a hospital setting. Special interest in mental health, support structures and post-natal depression, hence my dissertation for my degree 'Women's experience of first time motherhood. I also assisted, and ran parent-craft classes for couples and assisted with the breast feeding support groups.
February 2001 - January 2006
to a caseload of women within the Wandsworth area of London. Duties included antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care enabling women to give birth at home or within a hospital setting. I taught parent craft (ante-natal) classes to women and their partners focusing on experiences of labour and pain relief, with a view to suggesting the importance of couples creating a support system of other couples, within the group, in order to enable, and maintain contact when the baby is here.
Midwife Practitioner I
September 2000 - February 2001
was employed on Labour Ward thus enabling me to gain further experience of normal/abnormal labour. Used massage techniques to aid in pain relief and tension which I also taught to doulas / birth attendants, as well as training on how to give support to women in labour.
Community Midwife I
October 1999 - September 2000
was employed within a team of three Midwives providing postnatal care to women and their babies within the catchment area of Chelsea and Westminster. Experience gained in teaching stress management and coping techniques for the whole family when caring for a newborn baby; I advised on breast / formula feeding, sleep deprivation and all aspects of how a family needed to care for themselves and the newborn; I liaised with other agencies as required.
September 1998 - October 1999
employed to work within a team of five hospital Midwives specializing in the care of women using recreational drugs. Experience gained in all aspects of Midwifery care including HIV counselling, teaching Parentcraft classes, and support of women and their families when newborns were within the neonatal unit.
Practice Nurse / HIV Counsellor
February 1998 - September 1998
employed in a private Clinic. Duties included counselling of clients prior to testing for HIV to ensure they were aware of what this entailed; a Doctor in the clinic gave all of the results. Interviewing woman who wished to have terminations of pregnancy and referring them to the appropriate clinic.
UK in May
November 1996 - February 1998
Spent time living and travelling throughout South Africa and visited various Maternity Units to gain insight into care for pregnant women. I gained an awareness of the political, economic and cultural life of South Africa before returning to the UK in May 1997 for the birth of my daughter.
May 1996 - November 1996
Westminster H.C Trust. Employed within a team of hospital Midwives providing full Midwifery care to a caseload of women. Experience gained in all aspects of Midwifery care including vena-puncture, parent craft classes and pre-birth screening.
From August 1994
is a place where families who are affected by HIV can access treatment and support without having to be separated. I Developed skills in terminal care of adults and children affected by HIV and further developed skills in counselling and the need for empathy; responsible for managing the ward in the absence of a senior Nurse. Due to the nature of my work I gained insight into the various social, environmental and psychological problems encountered by families affected by HIV. I was able to utilize skills as a Massage Therapist for stress relief.
Royal Free Hospital. I
From December 1993
was employed in the Sexual Health Clinic. Duties included Microscopy, Phlebotomy, treatment and examination of genito-urinary conditions, including cytology smears, health education and advice. Insight and discretion needed due to the clientele seen.
First Aid Nurse / Work-Scholar
July 1993 - October 1993
I worked in a holistic holiday centre on the island of Skyros, Greece. The work was varied and hard having sometimes to work all day catering for the needs of the client group and then be on call for accident during the night as well as the day. However experienced a supportive group of like-minded individuals as work colleagues and had 'check-in' sessions everyday to ensure we were ok. I gained experience of dance, art and music therapy as well as massage and tai chi.
Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit
From October 1992
I worked as a Staff Nurse in an isolation unit. Experience gained in all aspects of infection control and disease management. Clients experienced either sensory deprivation within the unit, as alone in the room or sensory overload if nursed in the high security unit (for those suspected of Ebola, Marlberg or Lassa fever). Developed an awareness of how sensory deprivation or overload can affect a person and the important need for good communication and listening skills.
Agency Staff Nurse
London Nursing Agency. I
December 1991 - April 1992
worked in a variety of different hospitals and settings around London, including Moorefield Eye Hospital and St Bartholomew Hospital.
From July 1991
I was employed as a Staff Nurse on an Oncology unit after a two-month intensive German language course. Gained an awareness, which I have to this day, of how difficult it can be to work in another country with little awareness of the culture or language. We learnt High German whereas the clientele spoke Swabish, a dialect of that part of Germany. I travelled in spare time to Austria, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and other parts of Germany.
From September 1990
I gained management skills, increased people skills and lots of empathy whilst working on a Medical ward. Prior to qualifying, I supported myself financially as a student by working as a Health Care Assistant, during spare time, on the Psychiatric Unit. I worked in all areas including acute, rehabilitation and elderly Mental Health.
Qualifications & Certifications
Roehampton University, School of Human & Life Sciences, Whiteland's College
Psychology and Counselling
Middlesex University, School of Health Studies
English Literature, English Language, History, Human Biology, Biology, and Geography
Basildon College of Further Education
All Saints Church of England Secondary School
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