Dr Elaine Smith, Clinical Psychologist
I began studying Psychology in 2001, and completed my undergraduate degree in 2005 at the University of Stirling. At that point I was interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources, combining my interests in human behaviour and employee wellbeing. I worked in several HR departments, where I gained invaluable experience. However, I longed to return to studying Psychology and in 2009 I graduated with a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. I then secured employment as a Psychology Assistant with the Prison Service. I worked there for 2 years+. This was a challenging and rewarding role, with the main emphasis on facilitating offending behaviour programmes. My forensic experience fostered my interest in mental health and clinical psychology approaches. I was fortunate to gain experience as an Associate Psychologist with a children's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service in the NHS, where I worked for 2 years+. In this role I was involved in the assessment and diagnosis of ASD. I also provided post diagnostic support to families. In 2013 I was offered a place on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Queens University Belfast. My training involved 5 placements (CAMHS/Adult Recovery/Learning Disability/Personality Disorder/LAC) across 5 different services. This ensures that we have reached the required competencies across a range of psychological conditions across the lifespan. I was also required to submit academic case studies throughout my training plus 2 research papers. My large scale research was completed in conjunction with Barnardos and explored the experiences of fathers parenting their infant from prison.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2016. I worked in Adult Learning Disability Services for almost 3 years. In May 2019, I left my role within the NHS, to focus solely on private practice.
As a Clinical Psychologist I have been trained in several therapeutic approaches. I am an integrative practitioner, and I use a range of theories and interventions in my practice, dependent on client need (Cognitive Behavioural, Systemic, Psychodynamic, Compassion Focussed). I am also trained to Level 3 in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).