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.
Please note due to the current Health Crisis I am only offering phone or online based Sessions using Doxy.me video system of communication. This is a user friendly Secure system, with end to end encryption, GDPR and HIPAA complianct (UK and US information policy requirements) You don't need to download anything, just click on a link and no information or data is stored on any system following the call.
I hope to return to face to face in the future.
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!
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
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. In response to the current Health Crisis I have shifted my sessions to online only using the Zoom video system. Given this more flexible mode of working I am now able to offer some sessions outside of my usual hours by arrangement.
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"I started seeing Ms Bridget Maddison when I was at the lowest point of my life when I could feel anxious easily and could not carry out the very basic day to day tasks such as shopping or collecting kids from school. The CBT based approach helped me HUGELY as I gradually realised that all my symptoms actually stemmed from my worry and fear rather than physical illness. Once I started accepting that, my condition just started getting better day by day.
I found Bridget very easy to speak to and such a good listener, which to me is really important as when I was anxious I really don't need any more distress. She always kept me relaxed during the therapy but at the same time she did try to bring me back to the schedule she has set up for the session, which is also really important for me to receive the best cure I needed at the time. Before the end of each season, she always gave me some handouts to bring home for self-read and self-help. Thus I could always learn a bit more during the two sessions.
All in all, I'm very happy to recommend Bridget to anyone who is suffering from anxiety issues. I also would like to say to anyone who is reading this testimonial. You can bring your life back and be normal again. To me, my anxiety issue is just a wake-up call. It is not a bad thing when I look back. Now I live a much healthier and happier life thanks to the anxiety issue I had just a few months ago."
After hitting emotional rock bottom last year, I had tried a handful of counselling sessions elsewhere but felt like I was not progressing hugely or able to make any 'next steps' to get my life back on track. Somebody recommended CBT to me along with ACT as potential forms of therapy, and through some research I discovered Bridget in Malvern. Despite the current climate of the world and the majority of our counselling sessions having to be conducted long distance via Zoom (and many other online platforms!), Bridget went out of her way to be there for me both as a counselor and for emotional support throughout, and has subsequently helped me through some of the most challenging months of my life. Through compassion therapy, 'self kindness', meditation exercises and understanding of the psychology behind negative thoughts and feelings, I now have a much greater understanding of myself, my own emotions and how to move forwards, even if small steps, towards happiness. Thank you Bridget - I certainly couldn't have done any of it without you and will definitely be following up when I next need to 'drop anchor' again!
“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'.
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!