Clare Beresford, CBT, EMDR, Counselling
I am an experienced accredited CBT therapist and an accredited integrative counsellor. I am also a qualified and registered EMDR therapist. I offer short term, goal-focussed therapy within a supportive and welcoming space. My practice is 20 minutes from Bath on a bus route.
Common symptoms of distress include:
- Excessive worry, tension and exhaustion (General Anxiety Disorder)
- Heart palpitations, sweating, nausea (Panic Attacks)
- Going blank in social situations, not being able to talk, or make eye contact (Social Anxiety)
- Obsessive thoughts, behaviours and rituals (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- Excessively high standards, always raising the bar (Perfectionism)
- Negative self-talk, not feeling “good enough” (Low self-esteem)
- Lack of motivation, sadness or loss of meaning to your life (Depression)
- Intrusive thoughts and memories, flashbacks, avoidance, anger, hyper-vigilance (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the cognitive principle that how we feel and behave is strongly influenced by our thoughts, beliefs and the interpretations we make about any given situation.
CBT helps identify strategies and perspectives that will help to break the cycle of distress and develop more adaptive and effective ways of being.
CBT aims to provide you with a set of techniques that you can take away and develop so that you are better equipped to deal with stresses in the future.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is effective in treating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is thought that the eye movement stimulation used in EMDR desensitises the memory, thus enabling the brain to store it differently with the effect of reducing distressing symptoms. It is recommended as a treatment of choice for one-off traumas such as road traffic accidents.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 13 years experience of providing evidence based psychological therapies in both private practice and for the NHS. CBT is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment for anxiety and depression within the NHS. EMDR is also recognised by NICE as a trauma treatment.
Training and Qualifications
- EMDR training Parts 1, 2 and 3, 2016. Exeter University.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: CBT, High Intensity Psychological Studies, 2015. Exeter University.
- Counselling for Depression Certificate, 2012. Metanoia Institute.
- Certificate in Relational Couples Therapy, 2012. Centre for Relational Therapy.
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2006. Wiltshire College.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I am a member of the Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Association Europe and Ireland (EMDRI).
I am fully insured.