Bridget Maddison CBT
If you're scrolling through this Directory, it’s likely there's something in your life that you would like to change but you're beginning to lose hope that you can achieve this on your own. In today's modern world with life's many competing pressures and unwanted changes, it’s not unusual to feel worn down, overwhelmed, stressed and worried. You may feel like you are just existing, caught up in self defeating behaviours or avoidance, struggling to get out of your head and on with your life... I believe I can help.
As an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Registered Mental Health Nurse I have many years of experience, working with people experiencing anxiety, depression and associated problems, within the local NHS Primary Care Mental Health Service. With a thorough grounding in the evidence based treatment protocols of traditional CBT, I have increasingly found the benefits of working within an ACT model (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which draws on mindfulness skills to help manage the tricky thoughts and feelings which may get in the way of us living the life we want. My approach is also informed by Compassion Focused Therapy, which like ACT draws on current brain science to help us understand our 'tricky minds' and is particularly helpful for those struggling with shame and self criticism. My nursing background enables me to offer an holistic approach to your difficulties, taking into account physical health conditions and the role of medications prescribed for mood management.
I work with Adults and young people from 16 Upwards
What to expect when you come to Therapy
Research shows that the success of any therapy experience is very much related to the quality of the therapeutic relationship and I believe I bring a non-judgemental, warm and kindly approach to sessions, infused with a little humour. I believe that asking for help takes a lot of courage and can be a daunting prospect, so let me tell you a little more of what to expect should you decide to get in touch.
Firstly we can arrange a free initial consultation on the phone, at a mutually agreed time, (or via email). This will give me a broad understanding of what you want to work on and whether I can help. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions and get a sense of whether you feel we can work together before committing to your first appointment. CBT is very much a collaborative approach, so the first stage of therapy is to develop a shared understanding of your problem. The first couple of sessions will usually involve developing an overview of what is problematic in terms of thoughts, feelings and behaviour, identifying vicious cycles, as well as a consideration of the roots of the problem, how the past informs the present. We can then map out a tailor made Treatment Plan, based on your hopes for therapy and what is realistic within the agreed time frame. CBT is a proactive therapy so further sessions will involve you learning skills and strategies alongside values based goal setting and problem solving. You will be supported in actively practising these skills between sessions ready for further reflection and fine tuning when you return. CBT is all about coaching people to become their own therapist, so towards the end of therapy we will develop a plan for handling setbacks and promoting emotional resilience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a particular interest and considerable experience in the following areas
Helping people manage their emotions
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Managing long term conditions
Building Self Acceptance
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Mood difficulties following bereavement of loved ones or pets.
Shyness or social difficulties relating to autistic spectrum disorder traits.
Adjusting to life changes, for example divorce or retirement
I also enjoy working with people who just need someone to help them step back, take stock and reconnect with their values.
Alongside my individual work with patients, I have many years experience as a Clinical Supervisor within the NHS and as an external Supervisor privately. I have also over 3 years experience of devising and facilitating a group-work program, within the NHS. From 2019 I plan to launch another Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based group - this time a Wellbeing Therapy Group. This will be a Private Enterprise.
I have a continuing commitment to best practice and regularly attend workshops and Courses which support my professional development and contribute to my ongoing Accreditation.
As an Accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, my work is underpinned by the Professional Standards of Conduct and Ethics outlined by these established organisations. I am also a member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Scientists, which enables me to develop my practice within the ACT model. I receive regular Clinical Supervision from a Senior Clinical Psychologist who is also BABCP Accredited and a Peer reviewed ACT Trainer.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, University Of Birmingham 2010
Diploma of Higher Education (Nursing) Part 13 of Register RMN (Distinction) Pin No. 00E0415E
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Open University 1998
2003 Following completion of my Mental Health Nursing Diploma, I worked on an Acute Psychiatric Ward in Worcester, prior to moving to a Day Hospital setting, where I worked with people individually and in groups.
2006 Joined Primary Care Mental Health Service in Worcestershire as a Gateway Worker. This involved, mental health reviews, using CBT approach interventions or signposting for other Services).
With a growing interest in developing my therapy skills I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of Birmingham in 2008-10.
2011 - Full Accredited member of the BABCP (British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists).
- In my NHS role I have been responsible for developing and facilitating a County Wide Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group Therapy Programme. This has enabled me to share my passion and enthusiasm for this '3rd wave' CBT model with a large number of people.
- 2018 Left the NHS at the end of the year to focus on developing my Private Clinical Practice both individual work and to launch a group program in Worcester and Malvern.
When I’m not working, I’m kept pretty busy with family, (I have 5 children, although 3 are grown up!), dogs and garden. I also enjoy getting out and about in our beautiful local countryside!
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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Fees: £65 per Therapy Hour (55 minutes)
Number of sessions
How many sessions you need to come for very much depends on your problem and what you’ve chosen to work on. CBT is not a quick fix approach, though relatively short term and Nice Guidelines usually advise between 6 and 16 sessions, with attendance on a weekly basis initially.
I work on 5 mornings a week Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, with some afternoon appointments by arrangement.
Please see website for details and cost
Having suffered with OCD for 20 years I sought Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Bridget came into my life as a blessing! She handled my situation with great care and empathy and used her extensive skills to teach me and guide me into dealing with my OCD and learning how to free myself from some of the debilitating symptoms that it causes. Bridget is professional and thorough and puts everything into helping you to heal yourself. She is compassionate yet tough when she knows that you need to be tough! She has given me tools & skills that enabled me to get my life back. She is incredible! If you need her, go and see her, you will be so thankful you did!
“I contacted Bridget after experiencing moments of anxiety at work, my doctor mentioned that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could be really useful - it certainly is! I found Bridget’s approach very understanding and proactive. I feel I know much more about myself, how the brain operates and how we can work together more effectively. I believe I have acquired life skill which I will continue to develop.”
'I got in touch with Bridget after having her being highly recommended to me. I have suffered with ocd and depression for many years. Bridget has helped me to look at things from a different perspective, and shown me ways to deal with my problems.l am very grateful to her'.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please phone or email and I will to get back to you as soon as I can. I offer appointments on Tues, Weds, Thurs and Saturday mornings. Also Therapy online via Skype.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|