Joanna Taylor, CBT Therapist. BABCP accredited. BSc, PgCert, PgDip, MSc
07828 962139 / 07828 962139
I am an experienced cognitive behavioural therapist and have been in the field of mental health for more than 14 years. I specialise in working with people who have a common mental health problem and have extensive experience of working with individuals with anxiety and depression.
Problems that I typically offer help with*:
- Feeling sad and depression
- Perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety
- Generalised anxiety
- Low self-esteem or a negative self-view
- Relationship issues linked to low mood, anxiety or low self-esteem
- Confidence issues
- Social anxiety
- Health anxiety
- Panic attacks/panic disorder
- Trauma-related stress and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Stress or low mood related to physical health problems
- Binge eating or bulimia
- Sleep difficulties
- Mild OCD/intrusive thoughts
I offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and generally work with individuals for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20, weekly sessions, each lasting up to an hour. CBT is mainly about identifying unhelpful thoughts and actions in the present that are linked to current low mood or anxiety. However, there can be some discussion of the past in order to better understand what may have made someone more vulnerable to developing the difficulties they are experiencing now. I also incorporate ideas from compassion focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness in to sessions.
CBT takes a collaborative approach to treatment and I discuss an individual’s specific difficulties with them and help them develop goals for change. I then tailor the therapy sessions to meet their needs and goals. CBT is not a quick fix and will involve self-led work in-between sessions. I have found that people get the most out of the work we do together when they tackle the exercises outside of our sessions. At the end of therapy I think with people about how they can maintain their therapy gains and continue to make progress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. I am a fully accredited member of the BABCP and regularly attend training events and keep my knowledge and practice up-to-date. To check my accreditation status please look me up on the BABCP website using my surname (http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx).
I have a background in psychology and have a BSc in Psychology and American Studies and an MSc in Health Psychology. Alongside my private practice I am a senior therapist in an NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and have been offering CBT in an NHS setting for more than 10 years.
I have extensive experience of working with individuals with anxiety and depression, and over the years have developed my practice to also include working with people who are feeling low or anxious because of health problems, pregnancy, or the challenges of having young children.
Having worked in the borough for a long time I have great knowledge of NHS - and other - mental health resources available to residents of the City and Hackney borough so as well as offering therapy I can help you navigate your way with other services if you need support with this.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
An assessment costs £40 and lasts up to an hour. There is no obligation to go ahead with therapy and if, after assessment, you decide CBT (or me) might not be for you I would be happy to help you think about what would be useful and signpost you to relevant support.
Therapy sessions cost £80 and last up to an hour.
The best way to make initial contact is through email or phone. We can then have a conversation about whether you would like to organise an assessment and I can answer any initial questions you might have.
I would be happy to run a workshop, for example, stress management, for you if you are part of an organisation. Please contact me to discuss what you are looking for help with and we'll go from there.
*Problems that I typically offer help with:
Feeling sad and depression - where someone has: lost an interest in activities they usually enjoy; an overly negative perspective on themselves, others or the world; or is spending too much time ruminating on the past thinking about what should have happened differently.
Perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety - either women or men struggling to cope with anxiety or mood during the pregnancy period or after the baby is born. Or those struggling after a difficult birth experience.
Generalised anxiety - caused by worry about lots of different things be it current problems or something that might happen in the future. Frequently imagining worst-case scenarios and having “What if…?” thoughts.
Low self-esteem or a negative self-view (e.g. “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not likeable”) - these issues might be affecting a person’s confidence to work towards personal goals and be causing anxiety and low mood. People often struggle with saying “sorry” too often and “yes” too much.
Confidence issues - not having the confidence to work towards something you want, for example, promotion at work or taking the next step in a relationship.
Social anxiety - a fear of being judged negatively by others. Some worry more at work, for example, they fear giving presentations or speaking in meetings, whereas others feel more anxious in social situations in their personal life, which might be causing them to avoid social events or to engage in unhelpful behaviours in order to cope. This could include drinking too much alcohol, trying to only say “interesting” things/avoidance of talking altogether, or frequently making excuses to leave events early.
Stress - feeling that there are too many demands to cope with. Feeling that you don’t have the internal/external resources to deal with stressful situations.
Health anxiety - where someone worries excessively that there is something wrong with their health. This is often despite having had tests that indicate worries are unfounded and feelings of reassurance after GP appointments don’t seem to last for long.
Panic attacks/panic disorder - where someone feels extreme anxiety related to a fear that something bad is about to happen to them based on what is happening in their body at that time. For instance, their heart is racing and they fear they are about to have a heart attack or stroke, or they feel breathless and fear they are going to suffocate. Attacks are often triggered by situations such as being in a crowded place or on public transport, or sometimes just by thinking about having a panic attack (panic about panic).
Trauma-related stress and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) - anxiety following a distressing or frightening event. Someone might be experiencing nightmares or flashbacks, have become isolated and avoidant of going out or of certain situations/places/conversations, or be feeling less safe in the world than they did before the event.
Binge eating or bulimia - the former is a pattern of disordered eating involving episodes of uncontrollable eating. The latter also involves periods of eating a lot of food in a short time but is accompanied by “purging” behaviours - such as deliberately vomiting, using laxatives, or excessively exercising - to try and prevent weight gain and feel in control.
Sleep difficulties - a poor sleep routine or disrupted sleep.
Mild OCD/intrusive thoughts - anxiety caused by unwanted and distressing thoughts, images or urges. People engage in repetitive behaviours and rituals, or avoid certain situations to try and neutralise/counter the thoughts and reduce anxiety.
"CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults... CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The way our body feels is linked to our emotions and our thoughts.” (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies; BABCP)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Spaces available on Tuesday afternoons.
Types of client