Katie is a Senior Psychologist and joined the team in May 2019. We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within Orri.
How long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri?
I qualified as a Psychologist in 2014 and have been practicing in London ever since. Before Orri, I was a Senior Psychologist at the Maudsley outpatient eating disorder service. Most of my clinical experience is working in eating disorders, which I find a challenging and inspiring specialism.
Can you tell us about the type of discipline that you practice?
As a Psychologist we are trained in various therapeutic models including CBT, psychodynamic and person-centred therapy. We are encouraged look at the needs of each individual and adjust the approach to best meet their needs. I love the flexibility and creativity in my work to collaborate with each client and create a suitable care package.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I’m a people person so I love sharing in the narrative of those around me, be it colleagues or clients. I feel privileged to be in the position to support people in a time of need.
What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
When working with clients in a therapeutic setting, you develop genuine care and interest in their wellbeing. It is always difficult to see someone in pain – be it physical, emotional or psychological. I try to focus on the support I can provide, rather than the fact that I can’t provide a magic solution.
What do you wish people knew about therapy/psychology?
I wish people viewed therapy as a preventative treatment rather than a last resort. Emotional and psychological growth can benefit everyone, and you don’t need to be in a crisis to access it!
What do you feel is most unique about Orri?
Orri is a place that encourages holistic wellbeing, creativity and flexibility. We value individual differences and take pride in creating care plans, while maintaining a focus on outstanding practice.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
My friends and family are amazing, so spending time with them is my greatest resource. After work, a bit of yoga and a cuddle with my cat does the trick.
Do you have a mental health hero?
My clients, who work hard day in and day out to improve their lives!
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Give it a try, there is always room for growth!