What is your current Job Title or Role?
Clinical Psychologist
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Firstly consider what your perfect working day would look like. How (and with who) do you wish to spend your time and energy? Perhaps with children? adults? animals? computers? Would you be inside? outside? Writing, listening, teaching, creating? Once you have some ideas, tailor your learning and experiences towards creating this outcome. Find a mentor who is already doing some aspects of your dream role, talk with them, gain experiences, seek support and make it happen!
How did you get to where you are today?
Through curiosity, learning, and adapting everyday and having perseverance and good support systems. Clinical training is around seven years so you need stickability! My first degree was in experimental psychology at the University of Sussex. Experimental psychology uses scientific methods to collect data and perform research. Through this degree I was introduced to an immense variety of psychological phenomena, from learning to personality to cognitive processes. Realising that psychology can influence so much of our internal and external worlds, I decided to specialise in clinical psychology and use my skills to support people with their emotional health and well-being. After many years in the NHS, I decided I wanted to provide more tailored services, so in 2015 I opened my own practice, Flourish Psychology.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Everyday is different I offer talking therapies to children and adults, so this involves lots of listening, playing, and being creative. I help people to understand and meet their needs in order to thrive. I teach at the university, support psychologists in training, and supervise those in clinical practice. Sometimes I present at local and national conferences on issues affecting health and enjoy collaborating with others on research and national projects to promote better public health.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
As a teenager, I started to question, "why do people do what they do?!" and "how can I be a better me?" I went on a mission to find out and I am still curious!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The diversity of people that I get to meet!
What do you like to do outside work?
I like spending time in nature, with my family, festivals, keeping fit, cooking, dancing, singing.