Diabetes Psychotherapy Lead,
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
I have worked as a psychotherapist in diabetes for 30 years. I specialise in cognitive analytic therapy which is short term and focused and the model is particularly effective at helping people who are resistant to engaging with their self-care. I am also a supervisor in psychotherapy and currently undergoing EMDR training. My special interests are in seeing patients with complex multi comorbidity whether they are T1 or T2 and psychologically upskilling members of the diabetes MDT. I have a special interest in sex (sexual dysfunction in women) and food (diabulimia and binge eating disorder). Four years ago a newly commissioned service - Diabetes Care for You (DCFY) – was established in East Sussex. I am the Psychotherapy Lead and our service won the Quality in Care Diabetes award in 2019 for integrating mind and body.