Abbie developed a passion for clinical psychology during her undergraduate degree and has since forged a career in the field within the NHS.

Her roles to date have included delivering therapeutic and occupational therapy activities at a specialist inpatient psychosis unit, completing post graduate study in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, and studying and working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Alongside her clinical work, Abbie has been part of a longitudinal research project at Kings College London investigating the treatment of psychosis symptoms; contributing to data analysis and upcoming journal publications.

Amidst the challenges faced by the NHS throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Abbie has worked as an Assistant Psychologist within a secondary care psychological therapies service, providing individual and group therapy to those with complex and enduring mental health issues.

Abbie says: “Since graduating in 2017 my work experience and professional development has led me to successfully achieve my goal of obtaining a place on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme this year, meaning I will become a qualified Clinical Psychologist before my 30th birthday!”


Name: Abbie Barnes
Age: 26
Job role: Trainee Clincial Psychologist
Organisation: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Course studied: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Graduated: 2017

What their colleagues say

“As a colleague and previous manager I have been able to witness first hand Abbie’s dedication to ensuring that she provides the best care to patients whilst seeking to understand and appreciate their mental health needs from their perspective first and foremost. Abbie is a hardworking, reflective professional and was a well-respected, much-valued member of our team."

Henrietta Webb-Wilson, Lead Occupational Therapist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust