I am an experienced Chartered Psychologist, HCPC registered Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologist, and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I have many years’ experience assessing and treating different client groups with psychological difficulties, in the NHS and Non-profit organisations, both in the UK and overseas. I provide an evidence-based psychological treatment hence I use the most effective psychological interventions based upon the best scientific evidence available.
Forensic and Penitentiary Psychology MSc (University of Gdansk) is designed for students with a clinical or academic interest in the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour. I learnt how psychology is applied in various forensic settings and was introduced to the role of the forensic psychologist in practice. I also gained knowledge of the legal aspects of forensic psychology, such as considerations for courts and sentencing, and examined the aetiology of criminal behaviour in depth.
The Psychological Therapies MSc (Queen Mary University of London) is suitable for those working with people with mental health problems, or with organisations that provide care, commissioning or policies on mental health care. This course equipped me with knowledge assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery. I also learnt about psychological therapies including individual cognitive behaviour therapies, cognitive analytic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, as well as group and family therapies.
The course is accredited by Middlesex University. In the course I examined the biological, social and psychological factors in relation to psychiatric disorders, learning from theoretical, practical and experiential contexts. The emphasis was on equipping staff to use a therapeutic community approach informed by Lacanian thinking. This included gaining an understanding of the the Symbolic; of how a psychosis might be triggered and structured; of the role psychotic phenemena, including hearing voices, play in the life of the subject; developing an understanding of the nature of desire; and the reason why it is essential that practitioners are in their own analysis.
Dementia Care Mapping™ (University of Bradford) is an established approach to achieving and embedding person-centred care for people with dementia, recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. DCM is an observational tool that is only used in ‘public’ areas of care environments. It usually involves one or two trained mappers sitting in areas such as a lounge or dining area and observing what happens to people with dementia over the course of a typical day. At the end of a period of observation the results are analysed and fed-back to the care team so that care can be developed.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention (CBT), at the University of Surrey, is a well-established high quality training course, BABCP accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services. I learnt how to conduct CBT assessments, formulation and provide a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service to clients with a range of complex problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.
ACT is a unique and creative model for coaching and therapy that is based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values. Over a 35 year period, evidence has mounted for ACT’s effectiveness in treating conditions including anxiety, chronic pain, depression, stress, smoking, weight loss and performance enhancement.
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2), at the King’s College London, is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction, and play/imagination for individuals suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders. The Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) is considered to be one of the gold standard clinical diagnostic instruments for assessing autism in children and adults. The ADI-R provides a diagnostic algorithm for autism as described in both the ICD and DSM. This comprehensive interview focuses on behaviour in three main areas: qualities of reciprocal social interaction; communication and language; and restricted and repetitive, stereotyped interests and behaviours.
I offer my psychological services to anyone who struggles through their life and are not sure of what is the solution. For many years I have been working with various cases of depression and anxiety disorders, self-esteem programs and family/relationship issues.
When working with clients I tend to be quite practical in my approach, often taking the work I do outside of the therapy room where we can make changes using the behavioural experiments.
- Smythe, A., Jenkins, C., J., Galant-Miecznikowska, M., Dyer, J., Downs, M., Bentham, P., & Oyebode (2020). A qualitative study exploring nursing home nurses’ experiences of training in person centred dementia care on burnout. Nurse Education Today.
- Galant-Miecznikowska, M. (2018). How A Clinical Psychologist Improves the Lives of Those Unable to Speak for Themselves. Dementia Distress Relief Blog.
- Smythe, A., Jenkins, C., J., Galant-Miecznikowska, M., Bentham, P., & Oyebode (2017). A qualitative study investigating training requirements of nurses working with people with dementia in nursing homes. Nurse Education Today.
- Bhui, K., Dinos, S., Galant-Miecznikowska, M., De Jongh, B., Stansfeld, S. (2016). ‘Perceptions of work stress causes and effective interventions in employees working in public, private and non-governmental organisations: a qualitative study’. BJPsych Bulletin.
- Smythe, A., Jenkins, C., Bentham, P., & Oyebode, J., Dyer, J., Galant-Miecznikowska, M., Jones, S. (2016). Burdett Report. Burdett Trust for Nursing.
- Jenkins, C., Smythe, A., Galant-Miecznikowska, M., Bentham, P., & Oyebode, J. (2016). Overcoming challenges of conducting research in nursing homes. Nursing older people, 28(5), 16-23.
- Galant-Miecznikowska, M., Jenkins, C., Smythe, A. (2015). Research in progress: Dementia care training, The Journal of Dementia Care, 23 (2), 34.
- Jenkins, C., Smythe, A., Galant-Miecznikowska, M. (2014). How can training interventions for nurses promote person-centred dementia care in nursing homes? Mental Health Nursing, 34 (5), 16-19.