I am a trained and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) working in Leicester. I am passionate about helping people to work through their difficulties by understanding the patterns that can maintain unhappiness and distress. I have spent twelve years helping people to make significant and lasting change to their lives, and am especially experienced at working with survivors of sexual violence, abuse and trauma. I am also trained in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy or talking therapy. It can be applied to everyday stresses or severe mental health difficulties and can benefit anyone who wants to make long-term changes to their life. It is widely offered by the NHS and other healthcare services because it is an effective, short-term treatment.
CBT focuses on setting meaningful, achievable goals and exploring the obstacles that prevent us from reaching these goals. It looks at the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may be maintaining our problems, to help us break free from dysfunctional cycles and make positive change. It can also help people manage and tolerate uncomfortable or distressing emotions.
Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT puts less focus on the past or childhood events but looks for healthier ways of managing our present. Most importantly, CBT equips us with tools and strategies to manage challenging situations in the future, to help us become our own therapist.
Booking a Session
If you think that CBT could benefit you, please contact me to make an appointment for an initial session. This first session will last for about an hour and is a chance for us to discuss your goals and learn more about the process. This first session is a one-off meeting - it carries no obligation to commit to further sessions of therapy. I work collaboratively with clients to find the course of action that best meets their needs.
How Many Sessions?
Many clients ask this questions at the start of therapy: how many sessions will I need? CBT has been designed as a short-term therapy but some people also benefit from longer-term work - it all depends on your goals and whether you are finding the therapy helpful. Some clients choose to have a block of sessions and then take a break before deciding whether to continue, whereas other clients find that just a session or two is enough to help them move forward. There is also the financial cost of therapy to consider.
I see clients at two premises in Leicester, near Victoria Park and at Stoughton Grange. Both locations are wellbeing centres rather than clinical/medical settings and are based in premises with other therapists and practitioners. There is parking on site at Stoughton Grange and paid parking very close to the Victoria Park premises. In certain circumstances, I am also able to offer home visits - please get in touch if this is something that you require.
If you are considering counselling or psychotherapy, it is important to find a practitioner who is suitably trained, supervised and registered with a regulatory body. I am fully accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am provisionally accredited (and working towards full accreditation) with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully-trained and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with twelve years' experience working in mental healthcare. After completing my B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Warwick, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at London Metropolitan University. During my career, I have worked in a variety of settings - crisis centres, NHS services, charities, university counselling, advocacy - in several countries. I work with a range of difficulties and diagnoses, with adults, young adults, teenagers and children. In addition to my therapy practice, I am also studying for a research PhD in sexual violence.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am especially experienced at working with survivors of sexual violence, abuse and trauma. I also have a special interest in working with rat phobia.
£45 per session (50 minutes).
I can offer a sliding scale of fees for students or people on benefits or low income. Please contact me for details.
It can be daunting to consider starting therapy, especially if you are unsure of what to expect. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone or email if you have any queries or concerns.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays-Wednesdays, 11am-8pm Occasionally, I am able to offer appointments outside of these hours - please contact me for details.
Types of client