BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, MBABCP, PGDip, DipSW/MA.
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If you’re feeling spun out or wrung out from anxiety, stress, depression, feeling sad, trauma or its related emotions and problems, you’ve come to the right place.
You may be looking for a safe space to talk things through, or practical strategies to discover and reach your life goals or address a specific problem. You may be unsure about what brings you to therapy, but know in your body that it's time to start dealing with some of the discomfort and distress that's disrupting your enjoyment of life. I offer:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Interventions for the challenges of being human: depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, shame, anger, panic, OCD, PTSD/trauma.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - EMDR - (from September 2022)
- LGBTQ+ intersectionally affirmative psychological therapies for anxiety, depression, trauma and anger.
- Ways of training the brain (and body) to be kinder to you!
You've already shown up with a sense of curiosity and courage by reading this, so why not take another step on the journey and schedule a session? Simply email or phone to arrange a FREE initial pre-session telephone discussion of up to 20 minutes to see if my approach is the right fit for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist with 9 years experience
- PgDip - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Exeter University
- PGCert - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Exeter University
- Specialist CBT Training for Long Term Conditions - Exeter University
- Certificated Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR/MBCT) - Exeter University
- Compassion Focused Therapy - Foundation and Advanced Clinical Practice - Compassionate Mind Foundation/Paul Gilbert
- ACT for Trauma trained - Russ Harris
- ACT Foundation Trained - Russ Harris
- Foundation year in Phenomenology and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy - The Philadelphia Association
- MA/DipSW - Social Work
- I have also attended a number of post qualifying trainings on trauma, attachment and so-called personality disorders with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
- Currently completing training in EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
- £40.00 - 60 minute session
- £40.00 - for 90 minute initial assessment session
- £20.00 - MBSR/MBCT Group per session
- £50.00 - for 90 minute extended sessions for trauma treatment or behavioural experiments outside of the office.
When I work
I currently have spaces on Friday and Saturdays for on line or face to face work and operate a waiting list for online work at other times.
I am a BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. This means I am trained to Masters level in CBT, have a core professional mental health training, agree to abide by BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and have demonstrated that I meet high standards of training and experience in CBT. BABCP are the only CBT accrediting body in the UK.
Way of Working.
I see CBT as a set of multiple practices NOT one size fits all. I strongly resist the deficit model of mental health which blames the individual for their problems. I also believe that the therapeutic alliance and creating a felt sense of safety are the main change agents in therapy and everything else flows from this.
Unusually, my CBT approach is evidence based but relationship focused, trauma-informed and somatic/attachment aware. I am sceptical of diagnostic labels and work with the whole person not just symptom reduction: I am interested in what happened to you, not what’s wrong with you. I also use what are referred to as "Third Wave" CBT therapies:
- Compassion Focused Therapy; an integrative evidence-based psychotherapy which works extensively with compassionate imagery and body based exercises to train the mind in compassion.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; a therapy that draws upon mindfulness and other approaches to help people step back from their thoughts and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives based on what’s important to them.
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy/Stress Reduction; secular therapies that draw upon (or appropriate!) indigenous, Buddhist contemplative practices and Western cognitive psychology to help manage stress and chronic pain or to stay well after depression.
We would usually meet weekly or fortnightly, agree a set number of initial sessions and then regularly review progress to make sure therapy is meeting your needs.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a deceptively simple yet nuanced approach to understanding and changing how you think feel and behave. Cognitive behavioural therapy argues that thoughts, feelings and embodied behaviours are all interlinked. If one of these areas is out of balance with the others, we can get caught up in self sustaining loops or “vicious cycles” of depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.
However, we can learn to make sense of these feedback loops and what sustains them, and then make changes which in turn generates new feedback loops and “helpful cycles” of engagement, enjoyment and enlivenment.
CBT is very much an action-based, collaborative approach which relies on you setting goals, acquiring new skills and testing them out in the laboratory of your day-to-day life.
CBT can be present-focused, goal oriented, and problem-centred, or we can explore your past in some detail and depth using narrative CBT depending on what you feel you need.
I am not a “blank-screen”, silent therapist; I do therapy with you, not to you, and we work together in partnership. I will do my best to welcome you into the work by offering a warm, playful, consistent, supportive, honest, thoughtful, boundaried, experience of therapy. I work online and face to face in Bideford, North Devon. I look forward to co-creating and holding space with you (including the awkward bits!)
Premises and Accessibility
I work in Bideford near to the High Street. There is parking nearby and buses stop at the end of the road about 150 yards away. Bideford has a number of hills.
Access to the building is up a set of stairs so this will impact on people who use a wheelchair, other equipment or have mobility issues. I am actively seeking a more accessible alternative for face to face work, but it may be more helpful to consider on-line work if my current working environment negatively impacts on your disability.