Dr Caroline Bradley
You’re a clinical psychologist, what does this mean?
As a clinical psychologist, I work with young people and their families to try make meaning out of their experiences and explore different parts of their lives.
Where have you worked previously?
Before joining the team at GIDS I worked in lots of different settings with people of all ages, both as a psychologist and as a researcher. I ran research projects in topics such as homeless parenting, well-being and chronic pain.
What was it that interested you about working with young people and families?
I really enjoy working with young people and listening to their ideas and perspectives, it keeps me thinking!
What advice would you have to someone coming to their first appointment with you?
People can have lots of different reactions to coming to see a psychologist; worry, excitement, curiosity. I would want to let young people and their families know that I am not here to examine or test them, instead I would like to get to know them. So, if possible, try not to worry about the appointment too much – we expect people to be nervous and understand that it can be daunting to meet new people. In our sessions, you will meet with myself and another team member and have the opportunity to tell us what you want to talk about. You can always let us know if you’re finding things difficult.
What is your favourite children’s book?
My favourite author was David Almond and I particularly liked Kit’s Wilderness. His stories were full of magic and you were never sure what was real.
What is your favourite season and why?
My favourite season is summer, the days are longer and sunny so you can go swimming after work!