Christopher Spanton CBT Therapist
23 Austin Friars
I provide evidenced based cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Sessions are aimed at clients who wish to achieve their goals with a view of considering the development and origins of a their problem. Together we will evaluate the origins of the problem in order to understand how to change it’s impact on daily life.
I offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based on NICE guidance stating that CBT delivered in line with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) training standards is the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders and recurrent depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist was completed at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. My training is accredited by the BABCP and I have been provisionally accredited by the organisation as a qualified CBT therapist.
I specialise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and obsessive compulsive disorder and I currently work with the BDD foundation. I have had experience working with individuals from around the world, who have had a range of mental health problems including post traumatic disorder, health anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and a range of phobias. Within my CBT practice I tend to use various different media to assist with the process. For example, when working with different types of phobia I sometimes use virtual reality for 'imaginal exposure' and provide various resources related to specific disorders.
I currently work as a High Intensity Therapist in an excellent NHS psychology service in London. My experiences have included working as a trial therapist in a large randomised controlled trial with a view of understanding the best possible treatment for an anxiety disorder.
I have received regular supervision from world leading innovators in CBT and clinical psychology which has enabled me to provide effective evidenced based treatments for a range of common mental health problems.
It is important for clients to know that I am a CBT psychotherapist and not a psychotherapist who also offers CBT. The NHS and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence give guidance that if clients want to work with a safe, appropriately trained CBT therapist they should pick a therapist from the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). You can check my accreditation status here http://www.cbtregisteruk.com
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
The first meeting is aimed at understanding whether CBT would be useful and also to set appropriate therapy goals related to an adequate amount of therapy sessions. I work out of a centrally located therapy rooms in Leigh-on-sea and Austin Friars, London close to Bank station. The clinical rooms are accessible for individuals with mobility issues.
Prices are always negotiable as I appreciate that good psychotherapy should be accessible and affordable, therefore we would discuss an appropriate fee based on individual circumstances.
A standard session is 50 mins and where appropriate sessions go up to 90 mins dependent on the piece of work we are doing. A 90 min session would not incur increased costs.
I work with AXA, Aviva and some of other private medical insurers, fees with insurers will be a set price.
I am also registered with the information commissioner's office in regards to appropriately handling confidential information.
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