After graduating in Clinical Psychology from Belgrade University Former Yugoslavia, I moved to the UK to pursue further training in psychology. I obtained an MSc in Health Psychology from City University London in 1997, and a PhD in Psychology from Kings' College University of London, in 2002.
My clinical training in psychotherapy begun during my undergraduate studies, and progressed from an exploratory phase during which I acquired knowledge from within the psychoanalytic, humanistic, and systemic models of psychological functioning, to becoming fully trained in cognitive behaviour therapy. I completed my clinical training in CBT in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University College London, where I was engaged in clinical work for two years, from 1999 until 2001. I became fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies in 2004. Throughout this period I have worked with a varied client base, in the NHS settings, University Counselling Services, and GP practice. I established my private CBT consultancy in2004.
My current professional developments are within the field of third wave approaches in CBT. I integrate ideas from Metacognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Approaches, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my clinical work with clients. These represent new and evolving CBT approaches to clinical theory and practice.
As the programme director of the MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology, and Associate Professor in Psychology at Kingston University, I am engaged in teaching and research in both clinical and health psychology.