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CBT Therapist

About me

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (registered with the HCPC), an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP (Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), a Registered Sandplay Therapist with the AST (Association of Sandplay Therapists) and an EMDR trained therapist.

After working for many years as a Local Authority Educational Psychologist and Therapist, I now work independently in a range of school settings in Gloucestershire, in addition to my private practice, offering CBT and Sandplay Therapy to all ages.

I draw on a range of psychological approaches in my CBT work, for people experiencing a variety of psychological difficulties. I use a combination of mindfulness and third wave CBT approaches (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Compassion Focused Therapy). I work with a range of ages, mostly adolescents, young people and adults.

  • Mindfulness Based CBT combines cognitive behavioural techniques with mindfulness practices. The intention of this approach is to change our relationship to our experience and make space for what is there, as opposed to replacing the unwanted experience or acting out of some sort of aversion.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT) is an evidenced based psychological intervention which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies alongside commitment and behavioural change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. This flexibility helps us create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain and stress life can bring.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) integrates techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with concepts from evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, Buddhist psychology, attachment and affective neuroscience. CFT focuses on helping clients relate to difficulties in compassionate ways and on giving them effective methods for working with challenging emotions and situations.

Sandplay Therapy, grounded in Jungian Psychology, has an appeal to all ages, young and old and may suit some clients more than talking therapy. This creative therapy through the medium of sand and symbols, encourages the use of the client’s own resources to enable change, healing and growth. Sandplay Therapy can be used for a range of problems, from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression to more complex trauma. This creative therapy is suitable for a range of ages, children, adolescents, young people and adults.

I continue to maintain regular clinical supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Registered Sandplay Therapist with the Association of Sandplay Therapy (AST)
  • MSc Educational Psychology
  • Diploma in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Certificate in Psychotherapy and Mindfulness
  • PGCE Teaching Qualification
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


£80.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

The number of CBT sessions depends upon the nature and depth of the difficulties, with some people needing only a few, whilst others may require more. The number of sessions can be decided after an Initial Assessment/appointment.

CBT sessions @ £80 (usual course of sessions is 6)

CBT Initial Assessment @ £80

EMDR sessions @ £80

Please contact me directly for Sandplay Therapy fees.

Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults