Dr Rebecca Antwhistle-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am a Counselling Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working in Wiltshire. I have over 10 years experience of providing psychological assessments and therapy in the NHS and other voluntary and public organisations. I am Registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and Accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psycholtherapy.
I am recognised as an accredited provider by the following health insurance companies: BUPA, Cigna, Aviva, Vitality Health
How I work?
The main model I use in therapy is Cogntive Behavioural although I draw upon my knowledge and skills from a range of therapies including Psychodynamic, Existential, Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing. The best way to describe the way I work would be "integrative", this means I draw upon a range of psychological theories and skills for us to develop a collaborative understanding of the difficulties you are experiencing.
The therapy is centred around us building a safe and trusting relationship for you to be able to explore your difficulties, to guide you in understanding how they came to be, how they are maintained and in making changes that will enable you to reach your goals for therapy. CBT is a NICE (National Insitute of Clinical Excellence) recommended treatment for many psychological difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders, and mental health issues as a result of chronic health conditions. This means that research has found CBT to be effective in the treatment of these issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist (since 2009)
BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist (since 2009)
BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (since 2011)
PWP and CBT Supervision Training 2010
Additional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for BABCP accreditation 2009-10
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology 2009
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care 2005
BSc(Hons) Psychology 2002
I have worked in the NHS for over 10 years providing Psychological Therapy to adults individually and in groups. The issues people have presented with include, but are not limited to; stress, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma, addictions, sleep problems, OCD, social anxiety, panic attacks, peri-natal mental health issues, grief and loss, worry, long term pain, managing long term health conditions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£60 a session. Concessions available.
What can therapy help with?
I offer evidence-based therapies for people who are finding it hard to work through and overcome their difficulties on their own. CBT is a National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended treatment for many difficulties. Some of the reasons people may seek her help include:
- Low mood and depression
- Stress, including work related stress
- Low self-esteem and low confidence
- Trauma, including childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Health anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Worry and generalised anxiety disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Peri-natal mental health issues
- Relationship problems
- Coping with long term health conditions
This list is not exhaustive. If the reason you are looking for help is not listed here and you are unsure if this approach would help please do make contact to discuss your specific needs.
What happens in the first session?
At the first session I will ask you to tell me about the problems that have led you to seek help, when they started and what you would like to get from therapy. I will also ask you to complete some questionnaires that will give me an idea of the severity of some of the symptoms you are experiencing. This is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have about the therapy and how I work. At the end of this session she will discuss a therapy plan with you and give you an idea of the number of sessions that are likely to be beneficial for you.
What will the therapy sessions involve?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT for short, involves you working with your therapist to come up with a collaborative understanding of the difficulties that you are experiencing, including how they started and what is maintaining them. We call this shared understanding a “formulation” and this is most often written down for you to keep and will be referred and added to throughout therapy.
From this Formulation we can then develop a plan or blueprint for therapy which outlines what you want to explore, the changes you would like to see in your life and possibly some initial ideas of how to start making those changes.
Each session will be different, but will generally include a review of you week, an exploration of any therapy tasks that you completed between sessions, an agreed plan for the current session, a review of how you found the current session, setting tasks to continue the therapy between sessions. Work between therapy sessions is an important part of therapy and this will always be discussed and greed on together. This may include, for example, keeping a diary of how you feel each day or to try something that you have previously been avoiding.
This is all within the safety of a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship. Within any therapy the relationship between therapist and client is of upmost importance. Feeling comfortable with your therapist and being able to work together is essential.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am listed on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.View supervision profile