After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1993, Dr Sowden gained experience in community mental health, day hospital and acute services with Heathlands Mental Health Trust, before moving to Frimley Park Hospital in 1995, to take up a post specialising in the psychological care of patients with physical health problems. Since then she has set up and developed a clinical psychology service across the hospital, developing experience across a wide range of specialties.
Dr Sowden has a keen interest in promoting and enhancing psychological wellbeing especially for people experiencing critical or life changing illness.
She strongly believes that good psychological care should be embedded in patient care at all levels of the service. To this end she has been actively working with the local Critical Care and Cancer Networks and has delivered extensive training for physical health care staff across a range of specialities.
Dr Sowden also contributes to training clinical psychologists on the doctorate course at the University of Surrey and has taught on the MSc in Palliative Care there. She is co-author of CBT for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care: A Workbook and Toolkit, which was published by Wiley in 2008 and is used as a textbook by a range of training providers. She has also published research papers in the field of chronic pain.