Dr Wilson completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Hull York Medical School in 2009, and currently works full time running a busy independent Clinical Psychology practice in East Yorkshire. On qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, she worked for the first 10 years of her career in the NHS with senior posts in both Adult and Children’s Services. Her first role was within a Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder service offering specialist assessment and therapy to individuals who had experienced multiple traumas and required specialist long-term trauma-focused therapy. These included torture survivors and asylum seekers/refugees (often with use of interpreters); ex-military personnel and other uniformed services such as fire service, paramedics, prison and probation staff and police officers; survivors of domestic violence; traumatic childbirth and childhood sexual abuse. Following this she went on to become clinical lead for a CAMHS/child and adolescent mental health service for Children who are Looked After focusing on attachment and developmental trauma / PTSD with direct child work and work with social workers, foster carers, adoptive parents and providing supervision and training. She has also worked in a staff consultation role and directly with children with challenging behaviour and autism in residential settings.
In her own practice (which was set up in 2012), Dr Wilson now retains 2.5 full clinical days a week specialising in trauma therapy, but working with a wide range of mental health related issues in both adults and children including OCD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and other issues such as adjustment to disability or events related to clinical negligence. She also manages and supervises a team of associates who also provide therapy within the service.
Dr Wilson dedicates the rest of her week to her medico legal practice where she enjoys the balance of applying her clinical knowledge, skills and trauma specialism to the comprehensive, structured and objective assessments required in this field. Dr Wilson has excellent feedback from instructing parties and has many regular referrers on this basis, whether that be for defendant or claimant cases. With experience of this work since 2012 and extensive further training, Dr Wilson has excellent knowledge of the Expert Psychologist role and the attached requirements and expectations. She has found being able to assess both adults and children can be incredibly helpful for instructing parties, particularly in the obstetric field where a more systemic approach can therefore be taken.
She is an accredited EMDR practitioner and an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy / CAT practitioner. She has written a chapter on applying CAT to complex trauma populations for the newly published Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (Oxford University Press).