Beverly Coghlan, BSc, MSc (Health Psych), PG Dip CBT
31b North Street
A bit about my work:
Over the past forty years, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) have both been shown through many clinical research studies to be helpful for people struggling with many different types of emotional problems. These include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic/agoraphobia, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and so on. In ACT we tend to steer clear of formal mental health diagnoses because we work on the underlying psychological processes that cause the problems, rather than working on the symptoms. Sometimes it is easier to identify the thoughts and behaviours that are causing difficulties and then work from there.
Some examples are:
- feeling so stuck with life that you are unable to do anything
- having negative thoughts about yourself, about others or about the future
- worrying about everything
- worrying about your health
- having panic attacks
- excessively checking things
- feeling unable to cope with a chronic physical health condition such as heart disease, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, IBS, chronic pain, diabetes or cancer.
The list could go on and on, and whilst the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours appear very different, the psychological processes underlying them are the same. This is why whatever you are struggling with at present that is preventing you from living the life that you really want to live CBT/ACT might help you. Not everyone benefits from this type of psychotherapy. A necessary prerequisite is the desire to change and the willingness to do something different. ACT can be long or short term or ultra brief depending on what you and your therapist decide together. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and is usually once a week.
A bit about me:
I have been a healthcare worker all of my working life. I trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London more years ago than I care to remember. After becoming a ward sister I retrained as a clinical scientist, undertaking a degree in Physiology at University College, London and a masters degree in Biopharmacy at King’s College London. I then spent the next twenty years working in clinical research, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia. Ten years ago I read for another master’s degree at Southampton University in Health Psychology. This was a course that seemed to draw together all of my past experience and which sparked an interest in psychotherapy.
Seven years ago I completed the NHS – IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) post graduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy and have been working in the NHS and prisons with people who need help overcoming anxiety and depression and also with people with severe and enduring mental health problems. I also run regular weight management workshops.
I have a special interest in people who have long-term physical health problems such as chronic pain, CFS/ME, IBS, fibromyalgia, cancer and heart disease; and also in people who have ongoing medical symptoms for which no cause has yet been found, but nonetheless still causes significant distress and disability.
I have just completed a research project on mind-body healing in the Department of Primary Medical Care at Southampton University.
I also work for a national charity, Assist Traumacare, as a specialist trauma outreach therapist.
I am accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the BABCP and I am bound by its ethical code of conduct.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Nurse 1983
BSc (Hons) physiology (2:1)
MSc Health Psychology
PG Cert CBT
PG Diploma CBT
Specific ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) training from Russ Harris, Mark Webster, Matthieu Vilatte, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy trained
EMDR level 3 qualified and working towards accreditation
Behavioral Health Consultant.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long term conditions - physical health
£80.00 per session.
Concessions available - please do not be embarrassed to ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Evening appointments (6pm to 8pm) available on Monday and Tuesday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to therapists using many models of practice, but particularly those with a cognitive and behavioural focus and am working towards BABCP accreditation for supervision.