I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Nurse Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I achieved accreditation after completing an Oxford Post Grad Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and the necessary hours of supervised practice. I am BUPA and AXA registered and my background profession is Mental Health Nursing (D.h.ed, pt 13) and Community Mental Health Nurse (BSc hons) with a Specialist Practitioner award in Psychological Injuries (NMC Accredited). I have run my own private therapy practice CBT, Psychotherapy and Trauma Clinic, Ayrshire, for the past 15 years since locating to Scotland.
I have a broad range of experience and have undertaken extensive training in a number of approaches which allows me to treat a wide spectrum of Psychological and Behavioural Problems. I am fully qualified and experienced to assess your individual difficulties and use an integrative approach to therapy to meet the goals and outcomes you wish to achieve.
I have extensive experience in the treatment of PTSD (11 years solely with Military personnel working with the chief advisor in Psychiatry and 21 years in total), Acute Stress Reactions as a result of many negative life experiences, Coaching for Adjustment Reactions (difficulties resulting in changes in any life circumstances), Depression or Low Mood, Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Phobias, Health Anxiety, OCD, Eating Disorders, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Addictions, Pain, Low self-esteem/Confidence, Anger/Anxiety Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Bi-Polar Disorder, Behavioural Difficulties, Relationship/Personality Issues and Communication problems. More recent training on current models of living life with the intolerance of uncertainty especially in light of our current difficulties with the coronovirus.
I have been fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) for 15 years and with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for pt 13 Mental Health training and Specialist Practitioner in Psychological Injuries for 26 years.
I have a full enhanced PVG Scheme Disclosure which allows me to work with vulnerable adults and children.
I receive regular supervision as per professional guidelines (NMC and BABCP) and am a member of a regurlar CBT supervision group.
I have full business Insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have extensive experience over the past 26 years working with the full spectrum of emotional, Psychological and Behavioural difficulties. I have trained and worked in an acute hospital setting for 10 years before moving into the community for the past 16 years.
As well as Individual 1:1 Therapy for adults, older adults, teenagers and older children I have run workshops with Military personnel on Deployment Stress and Management, Members of the clergy on Stress and Burnout, in-house training for groups of teachers on Stress and Burnout Ex-Military and non-military on Anger, Depression and Anxiety. I have hosted in-house training with full Mental health teams, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, G.P.'s, Social Workers and Police personnel on Identifying personal Secondary Trauma and Burnout/Stress and alleviating.
In the past 10yrs a lot of experience has been gained in treating the symptoms that have occurred as a result of bullying (past and Present) and in the area of technology/smartphone addiction. I have been treating this for a long number of years even though its negative effects have only become public recently. I have also added another technique to all the evidence based ways in which I treat Trauma reactions where you may not want to discuss the details of the trauma itself.
Oxford Post Grad Diploma in Cognitive Therapy
BSc (hons) CMHN
Specialist Practitioner in Psychological Injuries (NMC)
D.H.ed Mental Health Nurse (pt 13
Professional Therapy/Other Training
Therapy, Coaching and Counselling approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Therapy (post graduate dip and fully accrediated) EMDR (pt 1), Trauma Focused CBT and Enhanced Reliving. Rewind technique for trauma management (cert. based).
EMDR 2.0 for Trauma
Living Life with intolerance of uncertainty
NVQ 1V Management
Detection and treatment of Substance Misuse
Extensive training as a supervisor
Running Anger Management Groups
Working with Trauma and other Complex Clients
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Insomnia
Developed and run 3 day Flying Phobia Courses
Treatment and prevention of anxiety in Children
Early life Trauma and Children
Compassion Focused CBT
Attachment informed therapy for Personality Disorder and many more.
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
Military related PTSD, can offer Skype therapy.
My fees are £70 for a 60 minute session for individuals and £90 for couples. All healthcare companies are charged at a higher rate to include the provision of professional reports (healthcare companies only, Bupa and Axa do not have reports included).
Fees for groups/workshops will be discussed upon request.
I currently offer daytime sessions 5 days per week, Monday to Friday, 0900hrs to 1500hrs.
Available between 0900hrs and 1500hrs Monday to Friday. Lunchtime sessions also available.
Car parking immediate to office.
Therapy time is easy to book just email me or phone me or request a phone call from myself. I will ask only basic questions over the phone and we will set up an appointment suitable for yourself. The first appointment will be slightly different from other therapy sessions in that I will help you get a big picture about how your life is currently, and ask questions about the difficulties you have been experiencing. We also need to work out what it is you want to achieve through therapy and how, step-by-step this would work. I will help you with this as you may worry about how to verbalise the emotions you have been experiencing and may have many questions for me.