I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) providing psychological treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. During office hours I work for the NHS and on weekends and evenings I work in private practice.
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In 1996 I undertook a Degree in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society, BPS). With my interest shared in physical disabilities I then completed a Postgraduate Degree and gained professional status as an Occupational Therapist (HCPC). Check your Therapist is registered (http://www.hcpc-uk.org/).
I have worked in a range of specialities to include: Acute mental health, medicine for the elderly, stroke units, orthopaedics, and physical rehabilitation. In 2008 I began to specialise in mental health and completed a further post graduate degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) gaining the top award of Distinction.
My experience of working for both general medical and mental health services has placed me in a strong position to understand the complex needs of people who experience both psychological and physical difficulties.
Working for ten years in the NHS I have been fortunate to frequently enable people make positive adjustments in their life’s. My aim is to develop your resilience and strengthen your own personal resources, which in turn will help you feel more robust to manage daily activities, avoidance, uncertainty, and build on relationships.
CBT is short term therapy therefore and depending on a person’s difficulties sessions range from 6-20. CBT is considered the gold standard of psychological therapies and has been recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the most appropriate treatment for anxiety disorders and depression.
During CBT we will explore the relationship between your thinking patterns, emotions, physical symptoms, and behaviours. You will acquire techniques, which will help you think about situations differently and be able to engage in new or more helpful and meaningful behaviours. Research shows its this psychological process which is the most effective in enabling us to make better decisions to move forward and maintain general well-being.
If you are interested in CBT or just want ways to enhance your life or share your difficulties with some who is non judgmental and independent from your situation. Then please feel free to contact me to arrange an appointment.
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology.
PgDip Occupational Therapy.
PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
In order to keep up-to-date with current research and developments in the field of psychology and CBT I regularly attend training in and outside of the NHS.
Under the umbrella of CBT I also offer:
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
If you have a disability and are unable to meet for sessions at my practice I will try and make arrangements to see you at your home.