I am unable to take on new clients at present. I will shortly be setting out on a sailing adventure and will not be back at work until February 2022.
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 ACT/CBT 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 I 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. Twelve 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.
Ten 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 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 and supervisor with the BABCP and also as an EMDR practitioner. I am bound by the ethical code of conduct of the BABCP and NMC.
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 Steve Hayes, Russ Harris, Mark Webster, Matthieu Vilatte, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy trained
EMDR level 3 qualified and accredited.
Trauma-Focused CBT Trained
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Consequences of developmental or long-term trauma.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Evening appointments (6pm to 8pm) available on Tuesday and Wednesday.