University of Manchester, University College London, Royal Holloway University of London, King's College London
BSc (Bachelor of Science), DClinPsy (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), PG Dip (Post Graduate Diploma)
Guy's Hospital, University College London, King's College London
Psychologist in the NHS
Favourite thing to do in my job: Talk about how amazing pain is (but in a good way)
Psychologist, pain enthusiast, snowboarder, music lover
I live and work in London. When not at work, I love snowboarding and watching snowboarding videos. I love music and going to see bands at gigs and festivals. I also wish that I could own cats, but I live in a rented flat with no garden – so no cats allowed. I love my job, so I read a lot about how I can be even better at it while I’m on the way home, and even when I get home. It’s a really cool job.
When doing my job, I help to educate and inspire people so that they have new ideas and information to change their perspective and change their lives. I help people to see that some of the common sense ideas that they have about pain, and what they ‘should’ do when they are in pain, are often totally false and are actually keeping them in pain. I work in the NHS and try to make sure that we do the best we can even though budgets are always being cut. Hard work!
My Typical Day
Assessments, treatment sessions, checking that important things have been done, maybe doing some teaching sessions
What I'd do with the prize money
I'd host events to share with students and the general public to learn about how AMAZING being a psychologist is
I would use the money to pay for hosting events at schools, colleges and in public spaces to share how wonderful, difficult and inspiring it is to work as a psychologist in the NHS. I could also answer questions about my job as a psychologist, the areas that I specialise in and inspire people to seek help if needed, or even to go in to the profession.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Amazing pain psychologist
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Helping people to completely change their lives so that they no longer live in fear, and can enjoy themselves!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I met someone who was amazing and he had gone through a terrible time. I couldn't believe that this person could be so wonderful given what awful things had happened to him. He said that he was doing so well because he saw a psychologist.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Be a detective
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really: I had detention a few times, but nothing major
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Drummer for an international rock band (if I could play the drums, that is)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
LCD Soundsystem (if you don't know them, you really need to check them out)
What's your favourite food?
Curry - no better food!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Living in France for five months and snowboarding every day!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be able to go snowboarding at least five times a year, to keep learning in my job, to remember not to sweat the small stuff
Tell us a joke.
How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts? Wi' jammin!