You’re a Clinical Psychologist – what does this mean?
This means that I have done two degrees in psychology (an undergraduate degree and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology). As a broad definition, my role includes supporting people to make sense of their experiences and better understand themselves and others, so that they feel less distressed and can have a greater sense of choice and control in their lives.
Where have you worked previously?
Prior to GIDS, I have worked in a parent mental health services, where I supported mothers and fathers experiencing emotional distress in the perinatal period and/or who had children under the age of five years old. Following that I worked in a sexual health and HIV service, which gave me skills in working with the LGBTQ community and with issues relating to sexuality.
What was it that interested you about working in GIDS?
I was interested in working at GIDS because I enjoy working with the whole family and am particularly interested in people’s relationships and sense of identity. Gender can be a big part of a person’s identity, which influences not only how a person sees themselves, but also how they want to be seen by others. Issues relating to gender identity can therefore understandably cause young people and their families a lot of distress.
What is your favourite season and why?
I absolutely love summer, because I enjoy going to music festivals and being outdoors in the sunshine.