I initially joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals as an Assistant Psychologist from 2011-2013, and returned to the Trust in 2018. I see my role as a Clinical Psychologist as supporting people to make sense of their experiences, to reduce distress and increase psychological wellbeing.
I work 2.5 days per week in the Bariatrics Service, which offers assessments and support for individuals preparing to undergo bariatric surgery (also known as weight-loss surgery). The service also provides psychological therapy for people who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to life after surgery, including changes to diet, body image, relationships and mood.
My advice to anyone coming to their first appointment with me is to be themselves. Sometimes people might feel that they need to act in a particular way or to give the ‘right’ answers; however I know everyone’s experience is unique.
I aim to understand people’s individual journey and think about how my colleagues in the Bariatrics team (including dieticians and surgeons) and I may be able to support them.