Fiona is the Clinical Director of the Edinburgh Practice, one of the UK’s largest teams of private mental health care professionals.
Fiona has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults who have been struggling with a wide range of difficulties, including but not limited to anxiety, adjustment difficulties, depression, OCD, phobias, panic, stress, self-harm, interpersonal / relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, anger, and traumatic experiences. Alongside working in private practice, she works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. Until recently, she specialised in working with teenagers and adults with cancer, helping patients at all stages of cancer from diagnosis to end of life to cope with their illness. She is currently leading a psychology service that specialises in working with people adjusting to life after limb amputation. In my private practice, I mainly work with adults. In particular, she sees a lot of students at the practice and help them to adjust to the challenges of university life.
My Therapeutic Approach
In my clinical practice she likes to draw on a range of evidence-based therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). She also uses Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR is a clinical treatment which is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. EMDR is also increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
She is also a trained Mindfulness teacher and likes to incorporate it into her therapeutic work where she feels that it would benefit her clients. Overall, she offers an integrative approach, adapting the way she works according to each individual client’s needs in order to provide a uniquely tailored service. No two individuals are the same and she believes that should be reflected within the therapeutic focus.
Tribe Yoga Work
Fiona’s work with Tribe Yoga includes mental health support for our staff, yoga teacher training, mindfulness classes, workshops and with other members of our medical team developing research around the understanding yoga and its benefits.