Dr Stuart has been a psychologist for over twenty-years. She has an extensive experience of working with all major psychological difficulties. This includes anxiety, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, health anxiety, depression and low mood, pain management, work stress, social anxiety, performance anxiety, panic, health issues, such as tinnitus and dizziness, and insomnia. Dr Stuart received her undergraduate degree from University Collage, London; her doctoral degree from University of East London and has done post-doctoral training at the Institute of Psychiatry. She attends multiple training programmes each year to keep abreast of all of the latest knowledge in the treatment of mental health.
Drawing on this knowledge and experience, Dr Stuart uses the most up-to-date treatment programmes for the various disorders. This includes using cognitive-behavioural therapy, compassion focussed therapy, schema therapy, systemic therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Her experience also enables her to offer treatment to individuals with issues across the spectrum of difficulties, from mild incidents of anxiety and depression, through to chronic and severe psychological problems. Dr Stuart has treated individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including directors, lawyers, consultants and those within the public eye. She has also worked with people from a variety of ages – from older teenagers to older adults and she is able to draw upon this experience and understand psychological problems across the life-span and provide advice for issues that impact on children, teenagers, adults and older-adults.
What to expect
Initial appointments will involve an assessment session where you will be able to discuss your issues and the development of them. This will enable Dr Stuart to understand the best treatment plan for your particular problem(s). Dr Stuart’s clients have reported feeling comfortable talking to her about their difficulties and she will guide you through the process. Following on from an assessment, you will begin a treatment programme, which will involve an understanding of the psychological and mental health issues involved, and strategies to overcome them. The treatment that she offers is generally short-term and difficulties can be resolved within 6, 12 or at the most 20 sessions. More longer-term explorative treatment is also available. Weekly sessions do not always work in our busy lives and this can be discussed during the assessment phase.
During her time working in the NHS, Dr Stuart has had posts in neuropsychology, forensic, adult and child mental health services and services for people with learning disabilities. Since 2007, Dr Stuart has worked in adult services within the NHS and privately. Dr Stuart has provided teaching, training and supervision to psychologists and individuals from other medical and legal backgrounds. Dr Stuart has also had extensive experience of working within a medico-legal field and has regular meetings with individuals working within court proceedings, to help them to understand psychological theory and concepts. In addition to the above, Dr Stuart writes regularly about psychological difficulties and shares these concepts and ideas with the public. She hopes that writing about how to treat issues that are common to all, can help individuals develop ideas about how to live as best life as they can.