Meet the team
Dr Alison Pearce, lead consultant clinical psychologist
Alison is the clinical lead for the service and often meets with medical services within the hospital to help them think about how to work in ways that increase people’s wellbeing. Alison has worked within the cystic fibrosis team since 2008. She offers assessments and ongoing support for patients. She's involved in developing research to help understand how people cope with cystic fibrosis. Alison has previously worked as a clinical psychologist within services for people who have both physical and mental health problems of all age groups. Alison is also a registered systemic psychotherapist (which used to known as a family therapist) and is trained in EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing) which is a NICE approved therapy for working with trauma.
Dr Helen Aiston, principal clinical psychologist
Helen has worked in the NHS for more than 10 years and in the team here since 2015. She works in haematology within bone marrow transplant (BMT), supporting people before, during and after transplant, working to establish a service that will improve patient experience and wellbeing throughout their journey. She also works in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), helping people to understand and manage their condition. She enjoys working with patients, families and team members to improve mental wellbeing and quality of life for patients with physical health problems.
Shirley Crofts, counselling psychologist
Shirley works part time covering haematological malignancy at UHS and end of life care for the Hazel centre at Countess Mountbatten house. Shirley has more than 20 years’ experience of working in health psychology within the NHS. Her focus is on enabling patients and their family to find meaning in their life which facilitates them living a more fulfilling life.
Dr Elizabeth Pink, chartered clinical psychologist
Lizzy has worked in the NHS for more than 15 years and provides a service for high intensity service users who experience persistent physical symptoms and works in staff support. She has extensive experience of working with children, young people and adults within the health system. Lizzy's work is guided by attachment theory and an understanding of trauma. She works systemically and is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing). Within her work she focuses on the stories people tell about themselves, their lives and their health and has followed up this interest in trauma and narratives in her research.
Dr Anneliese Day, highly specialist clinical psychologist
Anneliese has 17 years’ experience of working with people in psychological services within the NHS. Her time within the General Hospital (UHS) is specialised in working with individuals suffering from asthma. Anneliese's main therapeutic approaches draw upon cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Anneliese values the importance of understanding an individual and their own specific difficulties, recognising patterns that the individual becomes stuck in, and helping them to find ways to address these in order to overcome their difficulties.
Dr Laura Davis, clinical psychologist
Laura has worked in the cystic fibrosis service since 2015 and in NHS psychology services since 2010. She has recently started to work in the primary ciliary dyskinesia service. She has worked with clients with a range of physical health, mental health, cognitive and learning needs. Laura has an interest in narrative and attachment approaches; focusing on the stories that people hold about themselves and their health.
Dr Sarah Airdrie, clinical psychologist
Sarah has worked within cancer care since 2018 and in the NHS since 2010. She has experience working across the lifespan, both in mental health and physical health settings. Sarah uses a variety of psychological approaches to help people live meaningful lives and move towards goals that are important to them alongside their physical health needs. Sarah is passionate about research and previously explored the role of resilience and coping relating to physical health difficulties. Sarah has a particular interest working in trauma and is trained in eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy.
Dr Meila Roy, clinical psychologist
Meila qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2010. She has always been interested in the relationship between the mind and the body and started working as a psychologist in a health setting in 2013. Since then has worked with people struggling with health conditions and weight issues, those taking on the challenge of weight loss surgery and people coping with the treatment and impact of head and neck cancer. She now work as part of the gastroenterology team at the hospital and see inpatients and outpatients under their care.
Beth has been working in the NHS for over 10 years in both mental health and physical health setting. She now works in the psychiatric liaison service, a team who work with individuals admitted to Southampton General Hospital who find themselves experiencing some kind of emotional distress. Beth uses her psychological training in CBT, compassion focused and systemic family therapy to support patients during their admission to help them recover both physically and mentally.
Dr Eliza Tucker, chartered clinical psychologist
Eliza splits her time between two services: gastroenterology service where she works with people who have challenging gastric problems and remain in hospital on a long-term basis and the sickle cell service. Eliza is interested in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), group therapy and psychoanalytic approaches when working with patients. She qualified in Poland as a clinical psychologist in 2003, and completed her doctorate at the University of Southampton where she worked with patients suffering from tinnitus using a modified version of CBT. She works with patients on the management of their chronic illnesses and how to best cope with stress, anxiety and depression that these may cause.
Samantha Hurst, team secretary
Sam worked in maternity services and primary care before joining the team in 2019 and now looks after all the administration needs of the team.