MBACP Accred., BA Hons. PG.Dip. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently
verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.
Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.
I have been counselling individuals and groups since 2007 and count it a privilege to have been in a position to observe people move from a place of distress or anxiety to a place where they are fulfilling their potential in life.
In 2009 I qualified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and now use this approach mainly. CBT is a type of 'talking' psychotherapy that research has continued to show to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of difficulties. In fact, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2011) recommends it as the first choice of treatment for Depression and Anxiety.
CBT is based on the idea that the way we feel is affected by our thoughts and beliefs and how we behave. Individuals sometimes feel 'stuck' in a particular way of thinking or behaving and it can feel impossible to change. In sessions we aim to identify and change these unhelpful, self defeating patterns of behaviour and thinking. I work with my clients in a structured, solution focussed way to achieve agreed therapy goals. There are a variety of proven strategies and interventions within the therapy that can help with a range of emotional or mental difficulties.
Anyone can benefit from CBT. It is also a collaborative type of therapy where sessions are enhanced by exercises and strategies the client can learn and use daily to help combat dysfunctional thinking leading to low mood and anxiety. Essentially, you can learn to become your own 'therapist'. The more a client can practise the strategies, the greater the long term success of the therapy. Clients often feedback that they enjoy feeling 'in control' again and this type of counselling facilitates that sense of being able to 'cope' and problem solve effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training:
Psychology, BA Hons;
Cert. Person Centred Counselling;
Dip. Pastoral Ministry Training (Association of Christian Counsellors);
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.
As well as working one to one with clients from a wide range of backrounds on both a private and voluntary basis, I have experience Lecturing in Psychology and Counselling across different therapeutic approaches and Organisations including: University of Ulster, South Eastern Regional College, Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre and various community Groups. I am an accredited tutor for the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
I also develop specifically designed training and education packages for community organisations and groups. Working as part of a team of established Christian Counsellors, I recently helped integrate CBT strategies into a new programme for Faith Based Counselling which was awarded by the United Millennium Award Scheme in 2011.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £50 per session, including assessment session.