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(RGN) BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

About me

I am a Registered General Nurse & a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist having worked in the NHS since 1995.Experienced in working with behaviour change. I am open, personable and realistic in supporting my clients, whilst also working to evidence based treatments.  I have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2013) from Plymouth University. I gained a BSc (Honours) in Substance Misuse in 2006 from the University of the West of England..

As a Therapist, I am under the supervision of an Accredited Therapist with the BABCP. This does not mean that a supervisor attends my client's sessions but supervises my work from a distance.

As a member of  the BABCP I adhere to their Codes of Ethics as well as the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct.

Please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss whether I am able to support you. If not I will be able to point you towards another service or colleague who can help.

I offer CBT for all anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, work related stress, Chronic Fatigue, all following NICE recommended treatments.

I also offer Dependency and behavioural change consultancy.-Change is happening will offer one to one support based on Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy all working towards the clients own Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time limited (S.M.A.R.T.) recovery goals.

Having worked in a Abstinence Based Treatment Centre and having lots of experience in working in Twelve Step Facilitation, I am able to support people who like the Twelve Step Approach of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous. However, I work in a client centred way, ensuring I never 'pigeon hole' people into a set of beliefs not suited to them. I will facilitate abstinence based treatment in my groups but central to the group will be Motivational Enhancement, SMART recovery and the principles of CBT.

My vision is to support clients within their community and home environment in maintaining their abstinence or in reaching their own personal recovery goals. I wish to facilitate change and where appropriate support clients into full recovery, without making clients dependant on services but supporting them to achieve their own treatment goals that are specific, measurable, achievable and realistic, Time limited (S.M.A.R.T.).

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Grad Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Plymouth University) 2013.
Registered General Nurse 2002
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) 2002
BSc (Hon) Substance Misuse (University of West of England) 2006
Certificate in Group Analysis 2007
1995-1999 Hospital Orderly/Nursing Auxiliary
1999-2002 Nurse Training
2002-2004 ADAPT Barley wood Residential Drugs and Alcohol Rehab Unit
2004-2008 NHS Community Drugs Worker in various roles. South Devon/ Exeter
2008- 2014 NHS Stop Smoking Specialist
2014-Present Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

Fees for CBT or Dependancy and Behavioural Change Consultancy

£65.00 per 1 hour session for CBT.

Further information

As a  CBT Therapist I offer affordable evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to clients to improve their wellbeing and support them to make changes in their life. CBT is a structured, problem-orientated therapy. It can be traced back to the work of Ellis (1962) and Beck (1976).
CBT recognises that the way a person perceives things can be impaired and their interpretations become highly selective, CBT seeks to alter their perception.

It aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions (thoughts) through a goal- orientated structured therapy. There is extensive literature, research and evidence supporting the use of CBT in the treatment of various disorders, including mood disorder, anxiety, personality, eating disorders, substance misuse and psychotic disorders.'Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment option for many mental health problems and is indicated for people with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety.

The purpose of therapy is to reduce distress or unwanted behaviour by undoing previous learning or by providing new, more adaptive learning experiences. CBT's evidence base, short-term nature and economical use of resources have made it attractive to clients, practitioners and service purchasers.' National Institute of Clinical Excellence (5 May 2010).

N.B. CBT may be available within via the NHS, however there may well be a waiting list. Your G.P. would be able to provide you with more information.

Atlantic House, 23 Silver Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3DH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults