About The Team
Dr Sharon Croskin
I qualified as a psychologist in South Africa in 1991 and as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 1995. I later went on to complete a PhD in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. For 17 years I worked in private practice and was also the Consultant Psychologist for the Heart Foundation of South Africa and one of their panel of experts. I later immigrated to New Zealand where I worked for the National Health Service for a year after which I moved to Auckland where I was manager and lead clinical psychologist for a Child and Family Psychotherapy Centre. I now live in the UK with my British-born husband and worked as the lead Clinical Psychologist in an Acute In-Patient Unit in North East Lincolnshire from 2010. I was also the lead Clinical Psychologist at an In-Patient Eating Disorder Unit. I worked with highly complex individuals and conducted specialist psychological assessments and treatment. I supervised and supported other psychologists and clinical members of the Acute Service and conducted in-house training sessions. I also briefly worked as the clinical lead for adolescent homes for looked after children who had been sexually traumatised.
I love my job and gain immense satisfaction from helping people when they come into the hospital. Why then private practice? The NHS and mental health services are stretched beyond capacity and individuals often have to be quite unwell before they are offered input. I want to provide a private practice service for individuals seeking professional help sooner rather than later thereby facilitating timely treatment and a return to wellness. In short my aim is to help you on your journey to wellness.
My interests are varied and my original training was in Health Psychology and then Clinical Psychology. In South Africa I was the Consulting Psychologist and one of a panel of experts for the Heart Foundation of South Africa. Psychological rehabilitation after a heart attack, and/or coronary artery by-pass for the patient and their family members was the topic of my doctoral dissertation. Learning how to manage stress as well as prevention of ill-health is therefore a key interest of mine. Working with eating disorders is another specialty. In addition to these specialties I enjoy working with a range of problems (please see the list of treatment areas).
If I have not mentioned your worry, please ask me. Above all, I want to help you to discover what troubles you and together we can work to complete a thorough assessment, if needed, come up with a formulation and diagnosis, and most certainly develop a treatment plan that works for you.
I am on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) so can offer supervision to other psychologists.
I am on the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising In Psychotherapy (RoPSIP)
I have been working in the fitness industry since 2004 and as a personal trainer since 2011. I have had a passion for health and fitness since I was at college in Huddersfield where I achieved a BTEC in Sports Science Studies. From here I went on to study at York St Johns University where I graduated with a degree in Physical Education with Management Studies.
Since graduating I have worked in the leisure industry in a variety of roles from gym instructor to assistant manager. When working as an assistant manager I found that I missed the freedom and personal touch so decided to further my gym qualifications to become a Personal Trainer. Since then I have not looked back. I thoroughly enjoy working with people to achieve their goals no matter how big or small these goals may be.
I look forward to working with you.