Dr Kim Towey-Swift – Clinical Psychologist
Kim Towey-Swift is a clinical psychologist at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). Her role is to provide psychological therapy to people who are participating in research trials. Kim is currently working on the study: Talking with Voices II, a user-informed approached developed from the work of the Hearing Voices Movement. This therapy aims to promote a more peaceful relationship between hearer and voice. Within her role at PRU, Kim has previously worked on the Study of Trauma And Recovery (STAR trial), working to deliver trauma focused therapy to individuals who also experience psychosis. Kim values the collaborative and compassionate approach of the team and the ethos of the PRU. She is emboldened by the positive impact of the work conducted by PRU to support and improve the psychological care delivered to people experiencing psychosis.
Dr Kim Towey-Swift has previously worked as a social worker: care coordinator, within an early intervention in psychosis service, a role which she valued and found rewarding, supporting people with their recovery journey. Later, after re-training in clinical psychology she returned to work as a psychological therapist within an early intervention in psychosis service, which she continued to find rewarding.
Kim is passionate about the care and services offered to people experiencing psychosis. Being a team member within psychosis services and research have been important aspects of her work. Alongside her work at PRU Kim also works clinically in physical health services, psychologically supporting people impacted by their physical health and treatment. Prior to gaining professional qualifications: Master of Social Work and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Kim also gained experience as an assistant psychologist within neuro-rehabilitation services and as a nursing assistant within in-patient mental health services. Kim has valued the opportunities and experiences made possible by her different roles and is thankful to the people she has been fortunate to meet in sharing their lived experiences with her.
In her spare time Kim enjoys getting outside and taking a walk, learning to sew and trying to make more time to read.