Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited
9 Nonesuch Close
What is my treatment approach?
I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as my primary treatment approach within my private practice. CBT is based on the theory that our thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and physiology interact to influence our emotions; CBT seeks to explore this relationship collaboratively with the client. In my practice, I consider you as the client to be a co-therapist and will aim to help you develop your own skills to feel better so that you may continue to feel able to maintain a sense of wellbeing after our sessions come to an end. CBT is a present focused and relatively short treatment process (between 4-20 sessions) and clients are empowered to produce lasting change through achieving their agreed goals and learning skills that they will be able to use now and in the future.
CBT is now a well-established method of understanding and treating a number of psychological problems. It is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being one of the most effective treatments for emotional and psychological problems, where anxiety or depression is the main component.
CBT is considered to be highly effective for treating the following presentations:
- Depression/Low mood
- Anxiety and all anxiety related disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Agoraphobia and other specific phobias
- Panic attacks / panic disorder
- Obsessions & compulsions (OCD)
- Trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Low Self-esteem and low confidence
- Addictions (gambling, sex, alcohol and drugs)
I am able to treat all of the above mentioned presenting difficulties within my private practice in the town of Dorchester, Dorset. However, I specialize in treating recurrent episodic and enduring depression and I have a particular interest in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Also, I am now a qualified EMDR Therapist which is a very effective for trauma focussed treatment.
Alongside a CBT approach to my work, I incorporate a person centred approach and aspects of Mindfulness, Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). At all times I seek to offer a professional, confidential and friendly service to my patients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Masters Level degree in CBT (MSc CBT), an Honours Degree in Social Work (BA Hons) and a post-graduate certificate in Assessing Risk in Mental Health. Also, I am a qualified EMDR Therapist. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am currently also working towards accreditation in Schema Focused Therapy.
I have been working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in a variety of settings over the past nine years, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have previously worked in a secure forensic environment and also in the community working systemically with young offenders and their families. Two years ago I was working as a Psychological Therapist in a complex cases team in East Anglia before moving to Dorset with my wife and family. Currently I am employed part-time as a Psychological Therapist in a primary care NHS setting in Dorset where I provide treatment for patients suffering from depression and anxiety. I am currently available to work privately all day on Fridays but I also offer some evenings slots, on occassion I can offer weekend sessions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a co-director of Doorway Psychological Services alongside my wife, Dr Clare Young. Clare is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and she specialises in working with children and adolescents. Clare is able to offer CBT, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), play based interventions and trauma focussed treatment approaches to children and young people who are experiencing emerging mental health difficulties (particularly depression and anxiety related disorders).
Clare is also able to undertake complex child and adolescent mental health assessments, ASD assessments and can provide an independant court report service, fees vary depending on need. We operate Doorway Psychological Services from our office which is situated in the garden of our home in Dorchester, we find it to be a quiet, confidential and cosy space to conduct therapy sessions.
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I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation session to anyone interested in beginning therapy, this is to enable us to discuss some of the difficulties you might be experiencing and to ascertain if all parties feel comfortable about working together. It may be that from this discussion it becomes apparent that a different treatment option would be more beneficial to you, I will be able to provide advice to help and support you to access the appropriate treatment. Following the first consultation appointment there is no obligation to book any further appointments.
For CBT I charge £60 per hour which includes all administration charges and costs. Fees are payable by either cash, cheque or bank transfer. For EMDR as a stand alone treatment I charge £75 per 1 1/2 hour session. Sessions can be cancelled without charge up to 24 hours before, otherwise the full session fee could be charged.
It is my view that there are very few therapeutic services available in the area for people suffering with mental health difficulties to such a degree that they currently don’t feel able to leave the house (particularly those presenting with severe OCD or PTSD). Therefore I feel it is really important to be able to offer a home treatment service. Providing that you live in a safe and accessible environment where we can talk undisturbed, I am happy to conduct either CBT or EMDR sessions in your home. I am prepared to travel in and around the Dorchester area in order to offer this service but proximity to my home will always have to be taken into consideration, my availability for this service is likely to vary depending on how busy I am at the time of enquiry. Fees for a home treatment service vary depending on the service and treatment required.
I have a particular interest in treating OCD. This condition is typically characterised by the experience of obsessions (repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts that cause you to feel anxious or experience emotional discomfort) and compulsions or rituals (mental or behavioural acts that one might engage in primarily with a view to reducing the experienced anxiety). Examples of typical obsessions and compulsions can be found on the OCD-UK website.
I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and has proven to be effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
There is still much that isn't known about how and why EMDR can be so effective. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. Subsequently, for some people remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that can interfere with the way a person sees the world, the way they can relate to others and the way in which they understand what is happening to them from a physiological perspective.
EMDR can have a direct impact on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person tends to no longer relive the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. I sometimes use EMDR to treat other conditions such as OCD or low self-esteem, I often use it in conjunction with CBT as and when required.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am currently available all day on Fridays, I also offer some evening sessions and very occassionally I may be able to offer weekend sessions.
Types of client