Kim Richardson - ACT on Anxiety
I specialise in anxiety disorders. The main approach that I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This is a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which uses the best of both CBT and Mindfulness in an effective way to help you manage anxieties and lead the life that you really want to live.
Q. What problems can ACT help me with?
A. Anxiety disorders are extremely common. You could be anxious about having panic attacks, or anxious about social situations. You could be endlessly worrying or obsessing about one particular thing. You could be suffering from a phobia. You could be suffering from stress or burn-out, or the effects of trauma. You could simply be lacking in confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Q. Why is anxiety a problem?
A. ACT takes the view that fear and anxiety in themselves are not the problem – indeed, they are essential aspects of being human. The problems come when we try to over-regulate our anxious emotions, when we are driven by the need NOT to be thinking or feeling what we are ACTUALLY thinking and feeling. Anxious thoughts and feelings then become unwanted and undesired, and the cause of further anxiety. We adopt rigid strategies to protect ourselves from such thoughts and feelings, e.g. avoiding feared situations or rigid control and surveillance. These increase anxiety in the long term, and narrow our lives.
Q. How does ACT work?
A. Just as we ‘get ourselves’ into anxiety disorders, the good news is that we can get ourselves out of them as well. We do this in ACT by learning to drop the struggle with our own experience and use mindful strategies instead to make contact with the thoughts, feelings, memories and physical sensations that have been feared and avoided. So, instead of putting our energies into a futile war waged against our inner selves, we put them into living our lives as we want to live them – this may involve exploring our values, what is really important in our lives.
Q. And who are you anyway?
A. I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I am also accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have two Diplomas in Counselling, one in Psychodynamic Counselling and one in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
For more details about me and the way ACT can help you please go to my website, www.ACTonanxiety.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
Accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Gloucestershire counsellor for the Meningitis Trust
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
£45 per session (60 minutes).
Type of session
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