About Me

Dandelions

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) - Oxford University
MSc Applied Psychology - Cranfield University - Class 1
Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Psychology (PsyDip) - Oxford Brookes University - Class 1 (Distinction)      
BA(Hons) Management Systems - Hull University - Class 2:1
My doctoral thesis examined possible factors involved in the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after childbirth
University

Further training

  • Responsibilities & Business for Expert Witness work (BPS)
  • Excellence in Report Writing for Expert Witness work (Bond Solon)
  • Professional certificate in coaching – distinction (Henley Business School)
  • Addictions (Ronnie Aaronson)
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy (Mindfulness Training Ltd)
  • Compassion-focused therapy for disrupted childhood attachments and trauma (Dr Deborah Lee)
  • Various CBT training courses (for OCD, depression, low self-esteem, trauma/PTSD, complex cases and formulation skills (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)
  • CBT for childhood sexual abuse (Dr Helen Kennerley)
  • CBT to uncover strengths and build resilience (Dr Christine Padesky)
  • Mindfulness (Professor Mark Williams)
  • Teaching mindfulness skills to clients (Greyrock Ltd)
  • Schema therapy for complex cases, BPD and narcissism and anxious/avoidant PD (Schema Therapy Associates)
  • Time-limited schema therapy (Schema Therapy Associates)
  • EMDR (EMDR Works)
  • DBT (Dr Fiona Kennedy)
  • Psychodynamic principles and practice (Tavistock Centre)
  • Clinical Supervision: supervising others (Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology) 
Dr Karen Halford

Experience

I have worked in the NHS for many years in several different mental health teams, a rehab unit and a specialist eating disorder unit. I work with adults who have been struggling with a variety of psychological difficulties including PTSD/trauma (from one-off events such as accidents to more complex early abuse), depression (from mild to severe) including postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating etc), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, anxiety (health, social, generalised anxiety disorder) and low self-esteem. I also work with people who have difficulties associated with grief, work-related stress and those who are struggling with their own identity and trying to find their way in the world.

Prior to my psychology training and joining the NHS, I joined the graduate management scheme in Unilever and worked in a marketing/brand management capacity for several years, both in Unilever and other multinational organisations.
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