J. Claire Gask BSc HONS, MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip
I am a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist. I have worked in both the NHS and (currently part-time) within a private healthcare organisation for over 11 years. I have always had a strong passion for mental health. This includes preventative measures to ensure individuals feel equipped to deal with difficult life scenarios.
I use CBT to help those who have become stuck and are struggling to see the wood through the trees. CBT looks at how a problem developed and how this impacts on the here and now. CBT looks at what maintains the problem and how we can look to break cycles. CBT is educational, collaborative (between therapist and client and at times, client families) and proactive. CBT has been shown to be effective in helping people with anxiety ( for example; OCD, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks etc), depression/ low mood and sleep difficulties. As well as a range of different disorders/ problems.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is looking at the connection between your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical symptoms. CBT looks at what the problem is and how it is maintained through the interaction of these four elements. CBT is very much an interactive and collaborative therapy.
CBT is recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and is evidence based. This means that studies have shown that CBT is highly effective therapy. You might not know what the problem is exactly but feel that something isn’t quite right. Or you might have a diagnosis (either one you think you might have or previously diagnosed). Whichever it is, we can help you in most circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Royal Holloway (Pass with merit)
Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions – University of Surrey (Pass)
MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths College, University of London (Pass with Merit)
University of East London 2:1 BSc HONS Psychology
I have worked in the NHS as a research assistant, then a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) for 2 IAPT services (I privately funded my diploma in CBT whilst working as a PWP) and I now split my time between The Priory Hospital and my private practice.
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
I initially offer a free telephone consultation which lasts approx. 15-20 mins. This is to look at whether CBT is appropriate for what you are experiencing. If this is the case, we book in an assessment session and go from there.
After the initial free telephone session, all the face to face sessions are £70.