Dr Marc Talbot is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is chartered with the Health and Care Professions Council and has experience of working in the forensic care and treatment of offenders with learning disabilities and autism. Marc has worked within the NHS/Private Sector for 17 years and prior to joining CTS in March 2014 worked for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Marc has extensive experience of delivering specialist Psychology services to people with Intellectual/Learning Disabilities and/or mental health difficulties. These services include: psychology assessment, assessment of risk and plans to manage risk, advice and consultation, specialist supervision, support to clinical support teams, teaching and training, and psychological interventions. Marc’s area of special interest is specialist forensic risk assessment and management plans. Marc also provides clinical supervision to the specialist nurse manager of the Bristol Forensic CLDT.
Marc joined CTS originally as a senior care support worker in 2007. He then left to train as a Clinical Psychologist and we were delighted when he agreed to re-join CTS in 2014 as a qualified Clinical Psychologist.
“During my 17 years of working with individuals with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties I have delivered a variety of interventions using a variety of therapeutic approaches. One common theme I have noticed throughout this time is that the success of any intervention or approach is dependent on the relationship between the service user and whoever is providing the intervention, be it a therapist, carer, or support worker. Having worked for CTS as a support worker, shift leader, and assistant psychologist prior to completing clinical training in psychology I have witnessed the emphasis that CTS staff put on developing relationships with service users.
Working with individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health difficulties is demanding and stressful at times, as progress can be slow, but the satisfaction is great when someone has learned a new skill or can demonstrate new confidence in themselves thanks to an intervention or support. Time and time again I have witnessed that the most meaningful, long lasting, and relevant changes, for example a new skill learnt, an increase in self-esteem or confidence, increased insight occur not in formal one to one sessions with a therapist but in real life situations whilst being supported by a carer or support worker”.