Registered & Chartered Forensic Psychologist
Sharon is a Registered Forensic Psychologist who specialises in providing psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention for high risk offenders and patients within secure settings. She worked for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) for sixteen years where she gained extensive experience working with high risk sexual and violent offenders. This included work with adult males, young offenders, offenders with mental health difficulties and intellectually disabled offenders.
Sharon is currently employed by Partnerships in Care Limited within the Forensic Mental Health Service based at Ty Catrin Low Secure Hospital in Cardiff. She holds the position of Registered Psychologist and is responsible for the assessment and treatment of male patients, including violent and sexual offenders with mental illness and personality disorders. She works with patients presenting with a wide range of difficulties including mental health problems, anxiety, depression, attachment difficulties, suicidal ideation and deliberate self-harm, and complex personality disorders. She provides specialised consultation to multidisciplinary teams and other professionals with regards to the effective psychological management and treatment of patients.
Sharon’s areas of expertise include:
- Conducting psychological interventions including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Schema Focussed Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Good Lives Model, Behaviour Modification, and Mindfulness.
- Assessment of risk, including: sexual offending, violence, domestic violence, arson, and general offending/recidivism.
- Assessment of psychopathy.
- Assessment of cognitive functioning and IQ.
- Assessment of coping styles and problem solving skills/deficits.
- Risk management planning, including assessment of protective factors.
- Providing psychological consultation through individual case formulations to inform case management or treatment of high risk sexual and violent offenders.
- Training in the administration of Risk Matrix 2000.
- The provision of supervision, training and support for staff working with high risk sex offenders on accredited treatment programmes.
Sharon has published research evaluating trauma debriefing within the UK prison service.