Richard Holborn Accredited CBT and EMDR - Anxiety and Trauma specialist

Richard Holborn Accredited CBT and EMDR - Anxiety and Trauma specialist

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35 Madingley Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 0EL

Ely
CB6 1BF

07799 474541

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35 Madingley Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 0EL

Ely
CB6 1BF

07799 474541

About me

Hi, My name is Richard Holborn I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Member of the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am also registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

My approach to therapy is compassionate and non-judgmental. I firmly believe that our sessions are led by your needs and respect what an individual brings to each session - in my eyes you are the expert in your life, my job is to assist you to make sense of whats happening in your life and to facilitate the motivation and confidence to make the changes that you feel need to happen.

In recent years a big proportion of my therapy work has been focused on building identifying existing skills and using these to enhance resilience and self compassion - two things that are fundamentally not taught to most people. I align myself and my work within the Positive Psychology movement.

I specialise in the management, assessment and treatment of traumatic events and anxiety and depression. so if you experience:

  • A sense of general numbness and feeling of lack of involvement with the real world
  • Recurrent images and thoughts about the trauma (e.g. flashbacks)
  • Guilt about having survived (especially if others have not)
  • Avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event
  • Re-experiencing the trauma in dreams
  • An exaggerated startle response
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Younger people may show physical symptoms including stomach aches and headaches

Then perhaps I could be of assistance.

I am also a member of the national Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) association.

EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute (in Palo Alto, USA), she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in the 1989.

Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR. You are strongly recommended to only consult legitimate clinicians who have undergone a bona-fide EMDR training. The EMDR Europe and EMDR UK and Ireland accredited training organisations can be found under 'Trainers' on this website.

What is CBT?

Cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapies (CBP) are psychological approaches based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. Clients and therapists work together, once a therapeutic alliance has been formed, to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual’s problem. This then leads to identification of personalised, usually time-limited therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.

The treatments are inherently empowering in nature, the outcome being to focus on specific psychological and practical skills (e.g. in reflecting on and exploring the meaning attributed to events and situations and re-evaluation of those meanings) aimed at enabling the client to tackle their problems by harnessing their own resources. The acquisition and utilisation of such skills is seen as the main goal, and the active component in promoting change with an emphasis on putting what has been learned into practice between sessions (“homework”). Thus the overall aim is for the individual to attribute improvement in their problems to their own efforts, in collaboration with the psychotherapist. Cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapists work with individuals, families and groups. The approaches can be used to help anyone irrespective of ability, culture, race, gender or sexual preference. Cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapies can be used on their own or in conjunction with medication, depending on the severity or nature of each client’s problem.

I commenced my private work in 2000 as a means of providing evidenced based psychological therapy and assessment to individuals, groups and organisations within the Anglia/Cambridge area. The key objectives are to provide a personal yet professional psychological practice to individuals, groups and organisations.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a trained Counselling Psychologist and in my native country of Australia I am Registered with the Queensland Psychologists Board and the HCPC in the UK, having undertaken their stringent mandatory training required for full registration.

As a member of professional organizations I abide by strict codes of professional conduct. I maintain a high standard of ethical practice in my interactions with clients.

I have a wide breadth of experience within inpatient, community, private and primary care settings. My areas of expertise include most common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and OCD as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

I am specialist in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BABCP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adult Aspergers - One of my areas of interest and expertise is working with adults who are on the Autsim Spectrum. In particular Adult Aspergers. The clients who come to see me often have issues that are made worse by their Aspergers, such as depressina and anxiety, and it is these issues that I focus on.

Client experiences

  • To Richard, thank you for the CBT sessions they have really helped me with my confidence. Thank you for your time and help. KH

  • I have found the CBT sessions to be very supportive and enlightening. They have really helped me to make the changes in my life to work on my anxiety, my life has changed immeasurably. JP

  • I found the CBT to be very helpful, it shed light on ways of thinking that were profoundly damaging to me and of which I was pretty much unaware. Richard Holborn has a knack of asking the right questions and he also offered some very sensible and simple ways of making my life easier, so sensible and simple that they had eluded me completely. MH

  • Please accept my heartfelt thanks for the journey you have taken me on. I have learnt so much from you that I feel confident (well a bit!) that I will be better equipped to deal with the anxiety and depression as a result of the sessions. You are so perceptive and have been the best professional I have worked with. I will miss our weekly meetings. BD

  • As the counselling was actually taking place I was unsure how much it was helping. I was much clearer about the benefits in retrospect and felt hat it did achieve a positive outcome. Thank you. DL

  • I feel that I am moving forward in my journey. Richard - you have been very professional, perceptive, wise, understanding, and supportive throughout the process. You’ve helped me regain my life back. I can’t thank you enough. MO

  • I continue to engage in the CBT and Mindfulness etc and have discovered the long periods of calmness can come amongst the turmoil of my life. I wish the world wasn’t so dangerous; I used to wish I knew when the problems would come I used to wish that life wasn’t so full of angst. Now I have some answers and tools to manage these times I worry less about when they might happen. Thank you for such a rock during my journey, you really have helped me and I’m very grateful.  JP

Fees

Appointments

All therapy appointments are for 50 minutes. During our first session we will discuss the best way that we can work together and identify any goals that you may want to work towards.

Fees

For a standard 50 minute CBT and or EMDR  session the rate is £80 for self funded individuals.

Cancellations

All appointments cancelled less than 48 hours in advance may be charged in full.

Payment methods

Payment is usually made via cash/cheque/bacs at the end of each session.

Corporations and Institutions can be invoiced directly.

Appointments

To leave a confidential voice-mail message ring: 07799 474541.

Locations:

Central Cambridge, 35 Madingley Rd, CB3 0EL.

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday - evening available
  • Friday

Ely, CB6 1BF.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday

Further information

Name: Richard Holborn, Accredited BABCP, HCPC, EMDR UK

Phone: 07799474541

I am a Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) registered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience.

I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Member of the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP).

I am also accredited as an EMDR practitioner with EMDR Europe.

These professional organisations require its members to abide by strict codes of professional conduct. I maintain a high standard of ethical practice in my interactions with clients.

I have worked with both Forensic and Mental Health clients, within inpatient, community and primary care settings. My areas of expertise cover most common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and a number of forensic issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual offending.

One of my main areas of interest is working with clients who are on the Aspergers spectrum who may be suffering with anxiety or low mood. I find this work very interesting and rewarding.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

If you have experienced an event in which you believed that you were due to come to severe harm, some examples would be a road traffic accident, an assault in fact any life threatening experience in which you felt out of control can leave an individual with residual symptoms.

These symptoms can include:

  • A sense of general numbness and feeling of lack of involvement with the real world
  • Recurrent images and thoughts about the trauma (e.g. flashbacks)
  • Guilt about having survived (especially if others have not)
  • Avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event
  • Re-experiencing the trauma in dreams
  • An exaggerated startle response
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Younger people may show physical symptoms including stomach aches and headaches

What is the treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

The treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder aims to enable the individual to process the traumatic event so that it can be stored as a memory than no longer intrudes without warning into their day to day experiences but as one which that have a similar amount of control over as other less distressing memories. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the organisation charged with the task by the government of reviewing and advising on the most effective treatments in healthcare, recommends the following approaches to this end:

  • For mild to moderate cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a course of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT) or Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR).
  • For severe cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a course of trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, CB3 0EL
Ely, CB6 1BF

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Open to take clients quickly at present.

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Supervision & training

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