BA Hons, DClinPsych, PhD, CPsychol
Lead Clinical Psychologist
- Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting
- Teacher / Trainer
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
I have a long standing interest in attachment theory, the prevention of postpartum depression and support for new parents . Investigating these areas is vital if we are to move towards a society with improved mental and physical health through investing in prevention work and the enhancement of wellbeing, rather than relying upon the treatment of disorders.
I am leading a project from within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to introduce Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) into the UK and Europe. My research focuses on the usefulness of this type on antenatal education in regard to depression, stress and anxiety in mothers and fathers.
I work closely with a team of midwives at Oxford University Hospitals Trust (OUH) who are developing innovative ways of working with women and their partners under the care of their service at the Women's Centre. I also train midwives, psychologists and antennal educators in this approach in collaboration with the developer of MBCP in the USA, Nancy Bardacke.
I am also a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher and trainer and continue to conduct research into the benefits of MBCT for healthcare professionals.