Patients

I have spent a large part of my career researching and teaching in the field of health psychology. I have published numerous books and scientific journal articles on the psychological aspects of health and illness.

Medicine and health technologies are advancing which means that conditions that previous generations would have died from (e.g. strokes, heart attacks and many forms of cancer) are being treated so people are living longer. This often means living with some dependency needs or with some aspects of life that is restricted. For others a serious illness can be very traumatic and difficult to accept. As a result of the experience of illness a person’s quality of life can be affected.

Sometimes people forget who they are and focus on being the sick person. Life becomes the illness. I help people to learn to cope with an illness in a way that can aid recovery and improve their quality of life. Often people who are diagnosed with an illness are advised to change their lifestyles. This can be difficult, despite the obvious motivation. I help people who have been diagnosed with an illness to change their lifestyle. My approach is non-judgemental and aims to find the right techniques to help patients make long-lasting changes.

I have experience of using psychological therapies to help people manage:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Organ transplantation
  • Chronic headaches

I have developed a weight loss programme called Slim Mind which combines the latest psychological research. It provides a programme that is focused on a sensible and gradual reduction of weight, acknowledging that everyone’s relationship with food is unique. I regularly work with clients with a chronic illness who want to learn a new way to maintain their weight loss.

To change your relationship with food Slim Mind will help you to understand, value and practice the following:

Food

  • Food should be used for nutrition not a punishment or a reward.
  • Recognise the kind of nourishment your body needs and wants including treats.
  • Provide your body with the right amount of food.

Eat

  • Eat when you are hungry, not whenever you crave food.
  • Adopt a pattern of eating regular meals.
  • Stop eating when your body gives the signal that it has had enough food.

Exercise

  • Carry out sufficient exercise.
  • Develop a healthy routine of good food and exercise that will increase your metabolism as opposed to crash dieting which can slow it down.

Habit

  • Break the cycle of unhealthy eating.
  • Understand why you reach for certain foods.
  • Stop the cycle of emotional eating.

Dieting

  • Understand that stopping dieting will not make you fat.
  • Understand that there is no quick-fix diet.
  • Make long lasting changes to the way you eat

The Slim Mind book can be purchased by clicking here.

"My life feels incredibly better, more connected, more real, more effective, more hopeful, than it has been for many years. I am so glad that it was with you that I started out on this path to living a much more fulfilling and freed up life, because it was clear to me very early on that you are not only very strong 'technically' in your profession, but that your approach is based on respect, understanding, and non-judgement of others."

—   Client with IBS

"You put me on the road to recovery"

—   Client after heart surgery

"Your approach really worked for me. I always looked forward to our meetings, always thought they were beneficial even if I knew that expressing thoughts and feelings would inevitably bring up some temporary pain. Happily, once something is said, and out there, and handled in the way you handled it, it changes into something else - something that can be understood, seen differently, and something that just 'is', that doesn''t need to have a particular force or influence on the present."

—   Client with IBS

"You took me out of the medical mode. I was so use to seeing myself as being sick that I forgot about the other aspects of me."

—   Client with heart failure

"I talked about things with you that I had never dared express with anyone else. You helped me face my fears in such a caring manner."

—   Client with heart failure