Beverley Davies, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist
01202 560219 / 07979 505569
Welcome, my name is Beverley. I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I work alongside my clients to help them to explore their difficulties in a safe and non-judgemental environment and to enable them to make the necessary changes they want and need to make using CBT techniques. My overall aim is to teach and empower my clients to become their own therapist.
Due to difficult life events, many of us at some point will be affected by psychological problems, which can have a significant impact on ourselves, our work and our relationships. Working together with a CBT therapist can help you to get the necessary support to overcome your obstacles, by enabling you to change the way you think and react to given situations, with the aim of improving the way you feel.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of psychological difficulties in adults and young people. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for depression, PTSD/trauma and a range of anxiety disorders.
I offer a collaborative, confidential and professional psychotherapy service for adults and adolescents aged 14 years and over who are suffering with low mood, trauma memories/PTSD and a range of anxiety disorders.
Making the decision to seek help from a therapist is a very important step and one that needs to feel right for you. Therefore, I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation so that you can briefly discuss your difficulties before we meet. If you prefer, you can email or message me to arrange to meet face to face - further details available on my website @ www.therapyroomsouthbourne.co.uk. Some people prefer to speak before meeting as they find it alleviates any anxieties they have and others prefer to meet face to face without speaking beforehand, and as this is a personal preference, I like to offer both options.
I work from home and therapy sessions take place in an allocated therapy room, where confidentiality, a sense of safety and a shared understanding of your difficulties are of the utmost importance. You can be assured that appointments are scheduled in a way that clients will not come face to face with each other at any time during therapy sessions. There is plenty of parking in the drive and all I ask is that you arrive your appointments at the allocated time due to there being no waiting room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP (The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). Being a fully trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited by a professional body such as the BABCP, assures I receive regular supervision and attend regular training in order to keep my knowledge and skills up to date. This supports me to offer the most effective and up to date evidence-based treatment I can to my clients.
Also as a member of a professional body, therapists are bound by their standards of conduct, performance and ethics. You can check my accreditation status by looking on the BABCP website - babcp.com and look under 'find a therapist'.
During the time I have worked within the NHS, I have gained invaluable experience of delivering effective CBT therapy to adults and adolescents suffering with depression, a range of anxiety disorders, PTSD and complex trauma and eating disorders.
I studied Mental Health Nursing at Bournemouth University where I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Mental Health Nursing in 2007. Following this, I completed my Post Graduate CBT training at the University of Southampton in 2011.
Since qualifying as a CBT therapist, I have enjoyed using a treatment intervention that I feel passionate about to treat clients suffering with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression and PTSD/trauma, with varying ranges of severity. I have experience of working within two IAPT services: 'iTalk' in Hampshire for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and 'Steps 2 Wellbeing' in Dorset for Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust. I have a wealth of experience of working with adults and young people and continue to work as a CBT Therapist in a specialist service within the NHS 2 days per week.
One year ago, I set up my own private clinic to enable me to offer a professional and flexible service to meet the needs of individuals that do not wish to access CBT treatment through the NHS for various reasons. This has proved to be successful for both my clients and myself, enabling me to increase the appointments I offer from 1 day a week to 3 days per week.
Workshops and training I have attended since completing my CBT training:
- CBT for Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Eating Disorders
- Working with Complex Trauma
- Treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Seeing with the mind's eye: using imagery in CBT
- Conceptualising and Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
- Conceptualising and Treatment of OCD with CBT
- CBT Informed Complex Trauma Training
- Type II PTSD - phase based approach
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Low self esteem
Difficulties with problem solving or decision making
Difficulties with confidence or assertiveness
Stress Management - including work and school related stress -
Sessions are currently charged at £50 per 50 minute treatment session for private paying clients. I also offer a limited amount of evening appointments and these will be charged at a rate of £60 per session. I can also offer telephone appointments for people who are unable to attend sessions for varying reasons and these are charged at the normal rate above. Rates for Insurance Companies and Agencies vary.
You can also contact me for a free 15 minute telephone consultation to briefly discuss your difficulty and whether CBT may be useful for you.
Payment can be made either by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session or by bank transfer 24 hours prior to each therapy session.
Twenty-four hours notice is required for the cancellation of a session and sessions cancelled after this time are charged at the full rate.
Therapy Sessions - overview of treatment and expectations
The first time we meet face to face will give us a chance to discuss further what brings you to therapy and what you wish to gain from it. It will also enable you time to ask any questions or express any concerns you might have.
CBT focusses on forming a shared understanding of the main difficulty and what keeps it going, by exploring the links between how you think, feel and react to your environment. We will then work together to identify what thoughts and behaviours might need to be addressed in order to help you feel better.
Typically, face to face treatment sessions last for approximately 50 minutes and usually take place weekly or fortnightly. However, the frequency of sessions may vary depending upon your needs and may potentially lessen in frequency as therapy progresses, as the aim of CBT is to teach you to become your own therapist over time.
CBT is a practical and goal-focussed therapy and is a short-term and time limited psychological treatment, whereby the client and therapist work together towards the agreed therapy goals. However, the timescale is dependant upon the nature and complexity of the problem. Therefore following your assessment, a treatment plan based on your individual needs and situation will be discussed and agreed between us before any treatment begins. The number of sessions varies but usually ranges between 6 and 20 sessions, with the average number required for optimal outcomes being 10-12.
We will usually start each session with an agreed agenda, which ensures therapy is tailored to your needs and we will work together to challenge your unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that are maintaining your difficulties. We will also identify homework at the end of each session, to enable you to practice new skills and strategies learned and put them into your everyday life. Indeed, CBT is a proactive form of therapy whereby the therapist and client work together and consider various ways of understanding and challenging current problems to enable positive change. Learning to become your own therapist is empowering and is the ultimate aim of CBT, as with enough understanding of your problems and the way you respond to them will enable you to help yourself long after therapy has ended and out of session work facilitates this.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the Department of Health and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the psychological therapy of choice for treating depression and a range of anxiety disorders, including PTSD. Information about specific problems can be found on my website at www.therapyroomsouthbourne.co.uk
CBT is a highly effective talking therapy and is scientifically proven to help people overcome a wide range of personal challenges and to reduce distressing symptoms. CBT mainly focuses on what is going on in the present rather than the past. However, it also recognises that our past is important as our life experiences help to shape our present and can at times prevent us from successfully finding our way through current challenges.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays 9am - 6pm Tuesdays 8.30am - 6.30pm Fridays 9am - 2pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|