After completing a BSc in psychology in 1998, I trained as a mental health nurse and went on to work in Assertive Outreach mental health services. In 2007, I completed an MSc in cognitive therapy for psychosis and took on a role within Early Intervention in Psychosis services as a psychological therapist and clinical lead. I was also a trial therapist on a pilot randomised controlled trial of CBT for bipolar and distressing mood swings (the ‘TEAMS’ trial).
In 2015, I was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. This enabled me to study for a PhD in Clinical Psychology, which I completed in 2019.
As part of my PhD, I conducted a feasibility randomised controlled trial, with nested qualitative study, called ‘Next Level’. This study investigated the feasibility and acceptability of a transdiagnostic psychological therapy called Method of Levels (MOL) for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis (https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN13359355).