I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT Therapist for short!) with a private practice in Chalfont St Peter, South Buckinghamshire. My aim is to provide a supportive, therapeutic service for people who are funding their own Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or who have had CBT authorised through an insurance company. I have experience of working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression; low self esteem; anxiety; health anxiety; social anxiety; phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; bereavement; antenatal anxiety and depression; postnatal anxiety and depression; birth trauma and loss in pregnancy/infertility
I have a long history of working in the caring professions with both a general and mental health nursing background. I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist from Oxford University in 2010. Whilst I enjoy treating a wide range of disorders, I have experience and a special interest in the psychological difficulties that can affect women in pregnancy, birth and the year after birth. This includes birth trauma and loss.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by NICE (The Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as an evidence-based talking therapy for a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions. CBT provides a unique framework for you and your therapist to establish a shared understanding of your current difficulties and acknowledge the good reasons for why your problems may have begun. It is possible that you may have been trying your best to cope with them for some time and it can feel hard to give an open and honest account of how things really are. This is very important for you and your therapist to acknowledge and regular feedback about how you are finding the sessions is part of the ‘open’ nature of CBT. Therapy is designed to help you look at the wider picture and be curious about whether the way you think about certain things (the cognitive part) and what you do in response to your thoughts (the behavioural bit) have a role to play in the things you are struggling with and if so, whether there are alternative strategies you could explore with your therapist that might lead to an improvement in how you feel. Regular reviews of personal therapy goals will help you to reflect on your new learning and help you decide what might be helpful to continue to practice when therapy ends.
Whilst I prefer to meet with clients face to face for individual CBT, I am able to provide some telephone sessions in certain circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications and experience
My early career in general nursing in the 1980’s cemented my desire to help and support others. I worked in the NHS and private sectors but I became increasingly interested in people’s psychological wellbeing. I worked briefly as a voluntary youth counsellor before training in mental health nursing (early 1990’s) which provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience of working with a wide range of psychological difficulties. I developed an interest in CBT and have been employed as a qualified CBT Therapist in the NHS since 2010 after completing a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. I am fully accredited with the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (the professional body for CBT therapists).
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
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
Weekdays and evenings (until 7pm) by telephone or Skype video call due to COVID19.
Face to face sessions will resume when Govenment Guidelines permit.
High Wycombe, Amersham, Uxbridge, Slough and Windsor are all between a 15-30 minute drive of my clinic and the M40, M25 and M4 are also easily accessible.
As an accredited therapist I receive regular clinical supervision with an accredited CBT therapist. This is a requirement for accreditation.I also regularly attend lectures and seminars to update my clinical knowledge and skills so that I can ensure my therapy is able to reflect the outcomes of new research.