Dr Yvette Arthur is a recently qualified clinical psychologist and Christian. During training Yvette became aware of the separation of religion and/or spirituality from the therapeutic space and also the identity of a clinical psychologist. This was also reflected in lectures and conversations with fellow trainees. Having worked with clients who hold their religion/spirituality as an important part of their recovery and being that her faith is of great importance to her identity, Yvette's thesis focused on the narratives of psychologists who hold religious or spiritual beliefs.
During her final year placement in the Black and Minority ethnic (BME) Access Service in Tower Hamlets, Yvette had the unique opportunity of presenting to a local Church, as a Christian clinical psychologist. Part of the presentation involved the church members suggesting scriptures that have helped them through difficult times. This was important to Yvette, in highlighting that religion can play a significant role during distressing times. This was an experience that she had desired to do throughout her training but was unsure of what this would actually look like. Furthermore, Yvette has had the opportunity to share her experiences of being a Christian Clinical Psychologist during a teaching session to second year clinical psychology doctoral students.
Her faith coupled with her thesis and placement experiences have led to a desire to share her experiences of being a psychologist with faith. She also desires to support people experiencing mental health difficulties through a more holistic approach, which includes religion and/or spirituality and culture.