Elizabeth (Liz) James BA Hons, PG Dip, Assoc CIPD, Reg. MBACP (Accredited)

Elizabeth (Liz) James BA Hons, PG Dip, Assoc CIPD, Reg. MBACP (Accredited)

Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
Glamorgan
CF5 1GZ

Dunraven Place
Bridgend
Pen-y-bont Ar Ogwr
CF31 1JD

07980494 121

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Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
Glamorgan
CF5 1GZ

Dunraven Place
Bridgend
Pen-y-bont Ar Ogwr
CF31 1JD

07980494 121

About me

Thank you for visiting my profile.  I have specialised in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and am a fully-qualified CBT therapist/counsellor having gained a postgraduate diploma in CBT and I have also attained accreditation.  I provide 1-2-1 CBT sessions for adults.  CBT is evidence-based (substantial research has been carried out showing it can be effective) and is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) especially for anxiety (in its many forms) and depression. 

CBT provides a safe, reassuring structure from which to explore individual problems and the connection between each client's emotions, thoughts, behaviour and physical reactions.  We would focus on your goals from the outset.  Discovering what has led to your current beliefs and vicious cycles can be helpful but there is no necessity to dwell on the past.  Sessions are usually on a short-term basis and I do not ask clients to attend a fixed number of sessions.  Sessions may be booked on a weekly, fortnightly or less frequent basis at the pace that is best for you.  I believe in therapy that is accessible in terms of fees, flexibility and absence of waiting lists.  CBT involves a client and therapist working together in a collaborative way and feedback from clients is encouraged.  The trusting alliance between a client and CBT therapist is important and so is the passing on of information and techniques that can be used by a client between sessions and after sessions have ended.

A knowledge of personnel and legal matters has nurtured my interest in occupational problems (such as bullying and work related stress) and made me acutely aware of the importance of confidentiality.  There would be exceptions to confidentiality regarding our work together, for example, I attend 1-2-1 clinical supervision every month to maintain standards and to adhere to ethical frameworks. 

Having studied languages and literature (Welsh, English, medieval English, French) to advanced levels I believe that writing about thoughts and feelings is often therapeutic and keeping thought records can be an effective CBT tool. 

I have benefited from many years of varied work experience with diverse clients and I believe in continuous improvement, therefore, I attend courses to keep my skills and knowledge wide and updated. I attended personal CBT sessions as part of my training which has made me more aware of how you may feel about attending sessions.

I am a registered counsellor (registration no. 037157) and member of BACP (MBACP) and I am also accredited by BACP which is the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am also an associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). I abide by their standards and ethics.  I have registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and conform with the Data Protection Act.  I have been issued with DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and formerly CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) certificates.

If you are interested in booking a CBT/counselling session with me please don't hesitate to leave a message by e-mail or telephone/text and I will reply without delay.  I would send further information to you by e-mail before our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Pg Dip/Postgraduate Diploma (level 7) in therapeutic counselling (CBT) - BACP accredited course - University of Wales, Faculty of Education & Social Sciences
  • MBACP & Accredited & Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist (no. 037157)
  • PG Dip/Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management - University of South Wales
  • Assoc CIPD
  • Postgraduate Professional Law Examination - Law Society/UWE Bristol
  • BA (Honours) Degree - English Literature - Cardiff University
  • Welsh as a 2nd Language Certificate - Cardiff University
  • Counselling Certificate (1995)

Examples of Additional Completed Training Courses/Workshops

  • Psychology and adult life (Cardiff University)
  • Mental health first aid (Mind/NHS)
  • Mental health & wellbeing in the workplace
  • Social anxiety, Thrive - maximising the benefits of psychological therapies (Prof. David Clark)
  • Visual impairment awareness (Sight Support)
  • Mental health awareness (CIPD/Gofal/Time to Change/Equality & Human Rights Commission)
  • Mindfulness foundation course (Samye Foundation)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: depression & beyond (Prof. Mark Williams)
  • Loss & grief (Dr. Colin Murray Parkes OBE)
  • Working with shame, Compassion focused therapy (Prof. Paul Gilbert)
  • Compassion focused cognitive therapy for shamed based trauma memories (Dr. Deborah Lee)
  • Collaborative Case Conceptualization (Prof. William Kuyken)
  • Integrating imagery into cognitive therapy (Dr. Ann Hackman)
  • Brief solution focused therapy, integrating arts methods in counselling (University of Wales)
  • Writing for wellbeing (Orchard Foundation, Bristol)
  • Making connections (BACP/Prof. Tim Bond)
  • ACT - acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Stress management (National Assembly)
  • Customer services
  • Working with trauma; Attachment, early trauma & relationships; Schema therapy (NHS/University Health Board)
  • Treating disgust (Dr. David Veale)
  • Management of chronic pain (Helen MacDonald)
  • CBT for perfectionism (Prof. Roz Shafran)
  • CBT for insomnia/sleep problems (BABCP/Dr. Philip Gehrman)
  • Building resilience (Dr. Christine Padesky)
  • Exploring birth trauma through art (Dr. Jac Saorsa/Prof. Alison Fiander)
  • UK Psychological Trauma Society conference (eg. organisational management of traumatic stress), All Wales Psychotherapy Network conference
  • OCD-UK, Ride4OCD, CBT4Wales conferences (Prof. Paul Salkovskis)

Experience as a CBT Therapist

  • NHS/University Health Board/GPs' surgery
  • Mind (mental health charity)
  • A UK-wide charity that helps people with anxiety
  • Ty Elis Counselling and Psychotherapy (an organisational member of BACP)
  • Self-employed/private practice

Additional Previous Employment/Work Experience

  • NHS Directorate
  • NHS - personnel departments
  • Human resources
  • National Assembly
  • Customer care & services (including dealing with emergencies)
  • Private tutor (English language & literature)
  • Literacy skills mentor
  • Solicitors' offices - assisting people with legal problems and court attendances
  • Helping people affected by road traffic accidents
  • Various charities that provide support including for people with learning disabilities and visual impairment

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Panic attacks
  • Emotional eating
  • Pain management
  • Sleep problems
  • Low mood
  • Loneliness
  • Social anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Women's issues
  • Health related issues
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Migraine
  • Loss
  • Personal development
  • Perfectionism
  • Guilt & shame
  • Self-compassion
  • Building resilience
  • Occupational problems

Fees

£40 for each session of 50 minutes (an equal fee for all new clients and every session).

Further information

We would meet for our CBT/counselling sessions at one of the following locations (the most convenient for you):

  • Counselling premises on Whitchurch Rd, Heath, CARDIFF close to cafes, shops and bus stops (Companies House/Newfoundland Road routes 38, 38A, 35, 36) with free adjacent roadside parking
  • Mindfulness, health and wellbeing premises on Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CARDIFF close to cafes, shops, opposite a bus stop (routes 12, 13, 15, 17, 18) with free parking on-site
  • Counselling and therapy premises in BRIDGEND town centre

Maps & Directions

Cardiff, CF5 1GZ
Bridgend, CF31 1JD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I aim to be flexible and so evening and Saturday morning appointments are usually available for clients who cannot attend during normal office hours.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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