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I have 20 years experience working within the NHS in a variety of settings including forensic inpatients, community mental health teams and primary care CBT services. Most recently specialising with enduring mental health conditions such as psychosis and bi polar disorder. As a fully accredited CBT therapist, I enjoy working with young people, adults and their families in understanding and helping cope with the symptoms and challenges that mental health difficulties may bring to the whole family. Difficulties including but not exclusively, anxiety disorders such as OCD, generalised anxiety, panic, depression, chronic fatigue, trauma and psychosis. My colleagues and clients find my approach of compassionate understanding helpful and appreciate the therapeutic relationship that we are able to build. This is essential in helping individuals move towards their goals which are often difficult to even imagine working towards. I am able to work within the framework of the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommended evidenced based psychological intervention as well as using my nursing knowledge and skills to recognise and understand all challenges that life can bring.
What to expect.
Contact me for an initial chat to see whether CBT and I might be the person that could be helpful for you. From this, we could arrange an assessment appointment to explore and develop an understanding of the difficulties you are facing and how therapy may help with this. From there, we would discuss a plan of what treatment may look like. Decisions are always made jointly and I regularly review how things are going to ensure that we continue to make progress. Usual recommendations are 15 to 20 sessions, weekly or fortnightly, however you may require more or less than this and I can be flexible, always ensuring that your best interests are at the heart of any decisions made with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualified and registered as a Mental Health Nurse in 2001 with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Working within forensic settings. From there I worked as a team setting up an Early Intervention for Psychosis service for individuals between the ages of 13 to 35 who were experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time. This may have been due to substance use, after giving birth trauma or other stressors that can cause emotional distress. during this time I trained in Solution Focused Therapy, Family work, Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis, Compassion Therapy, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapy. In 2012 after working within an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service I became accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Since this time I returned working within a mental health psychosis team providing therapy to individuals experiencing anxiety difficulties, depression, trauma and psychosis.
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
I charge £70 a session
When I work
I offer daytime, evening and some weekend appointments, face to face, telephone or via skype or Zoom