I’m a UKCP registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist and ACAT accredited supervisor with over 20 years experience of working in the NHS in varying areas of mental health. Currently I work in a Psychotherapy Service in North Manchester offering individual CAT and have co-facilitated running CAT groups.
I’ve worked in a variety of areas within mental health, including acute/intensive care, adolescent therapeutic community and research. I have extensive experience of working with self-harm, offering very brief Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) and CAT. Additionally I’ve consulted on research projects to establish therapy within prisons for women who self-harm and provided therapy supervision. I have a particular interest in brief work, promoting therapeutic and relational approaches, and highlighting the benefits of using these skills during assessment.
I have been involved in running CPD workshops and giving presentations on self-harm, risk, group CAT, endings and goodbye letters, and starting up in independent practice. Additionally I have presented on a number of occasions at the annual ACAT Conference.
I was previously an executive member of Catalyse, co-ordinating both Personal Reformulations and the development of Café CAT. Before Café CAT was set up, between 2011 and 2017 I also co-led the Projects Forum. I now offer personal reformulations through Catalyse and contribute to its CPD and training events.
Walker, T., Shaw J., Hamilton, L., Turpin, C., Reid, C., & Abel, K. 2017 “Coping with the job”: prison staff responding to self harm in three English female prisons: a qualitative study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology , published online 12 June 2017, pp 1-14