Brenda Barrass - Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist / EMDR Therapist
I am an independent accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist working from my comfortable clinic in Harefield near Uxbridge and Rickmansworth and within easy reach of South Bucks, Herts and M40 / M25. I offer a caring, professional service to adults and 16-18 year old's who are either funding themselves or by referral from insurance companies or occupational health providers.
I have been working in the field of mental health and emotional well being for 20 years in the NHS, voluntary sector and more recently in private practice. I provide therapy for individuals and couples with a range of psychological / emotional problems and physical conditions including: depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, post-traumatic stress,insomnia childhood trauma, social anxiety, body image concerns (BDD), health anxiety, low self esteem, bullying, relationship problems, alcohol and drug misuse, chronic pain and coping with long term physical health conditions. I prefer to treat everyone as an individual and to work out with you what your concerns are and what you would like to be different.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a clinically proven and NICE approved therapy to help overcome unhelpful, habitual ways of thinking and behaving which can keep problems going - we would work together to find out what you would like to change and find more helpful ways to respond to your areas of difficulty. CBT is most effective when you try out different ways of responding to your thoughts and emotions in between the sessions. CBT will help you develop new skills and strategies that you can continue to use after your therapy is completed. I use a range of interventions under the CBT umbrella of treatments and incorporate Mindfulness based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy alongside standard CBT.
I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) - this is an evidenced-based treatment recommended for PTSD and has also been increasingly used to treat distressing events which can often maintain many other problems e.g. depression and many anxiety based problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
EMDR Therapist - Member of EMDR Association of UK and Ireland.
I trained as a counsellor and worked in the voluntary sector in the 1990's and then qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1999 and have worked in a variety of NHS settings providing psychological treatment and supervision to groups and individuals.
I specialised in CBT and gained my post-graduate diploma in CBT from The University of London in 2007. I have worked as a full time CBT therapist since qualifying, both in the NHS and in private practice and now work solely in private practice. My background in Mental Health has given me a broad range of experience of working with many people with different levels of psychological and emotional problems which underpins my understanding when working as a psychotherapist.
I completed the EMDR training in London in 2013 and am able to offer this treatment to individuals with PTSD and other distressing experiences.
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
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
£70 per 1 hour session for self-funding individuals / £75 couples.
For those referred for treatment via insurance companies or Occupational Health Departments - please contact me for details of fees.
If you would like more information to find out if CBT or EMDR would be helpful to you, please give me a call or email me for an informal, confidential chat.
As an experienced, accredited psychotherapist and mental health professional, I am able to offer supervision to other therapists, counsellors and trainees who wish to develop their skills in using CBT approaches.
Continuing professional development is crucial to being equipped to offer the highest quality of service and is a requirement of maintaining BABCP accreditation. I receive regular supervision of my work from an experienced CBT Therapist.