HAPPIA specialises in identifying and overcoming challenges in promoting health and health behaviours across the socio-ecological model. From individual behaviour change to how our surroundings affect us, I can help you to achieve your health behaviour goals, improve your health and wellbeing and make you HAPPIA.
This site provides helpful tips for you to apply in your behaviour change goals, updates on the latest health behaviour research and related topics. Whether you are looking to change your own behaviour, that of others or simply interested in Health Psychology, I hope you find this site useful.
I am a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and Charted with the British Psychological Society.
My eight years of applied research explores how our surroundings can influence our behaviour, how our body image can influence our behaviour and overcoming barriers to healthy behaviours.
During this time, I've evaluated dozens of behaviour change interventions and helped hundreds of people within the NHS, Cheshire Constabulary, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and local authorities.
My experience has given me unique insight into what strategies work, for whom, in what circumstances and why. My specialism is identifying what will work for you and helping you to achieve your goals.
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In the UK, anyone can call themselves a behaviourist, a behaviour change specialist, a health coach or something similar regardless of their qualifications or experience because no regulatory body exists for these titles.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct of the 12 healthcare professions that it regulates, including Practitioner Psychologists.
To be registered as a Health Psychologist requires undertaking Stage 1 and Stage 2 training (I completed six years of training) to demonstrate my professional competence. Being part of this body requires me to uphold their high standards of practice, to continually develop and to be accountable for my professional conduct.
Health psychologists use their knowledge of psychology, human behaviour and health to promote general well-being and understand physical illness. They are specially trained to promote healthier lifestyles and try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health. For example, they may help people to be more active, to eat healthier, to stop smoking or manage their stress. They can even address energy use behaviour.
Health psychologists have the skills and tools to explore the challenges experienced by groups, businesses and larger organisations and to inform policy. This can range from improving communication between patients and health professionals, to reducing stress or staff absenteeism in your business and engraining health into all policies. Any change we wish to make as an individual or a business, needs to consider human behaviour.