Gemma Knights, CBT therapist BABCP accredited, RMN
Hi there and a warm welcome to you!
Thank you for taking the time to consider me in your search for a suitable talk therapist. My name is Gemma and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is specified with NICE guidelines to be the leading treatment option for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. It is a therapy option nationally recognised and is recommended by G.P's often instead of or along side the prescription of medication should you seek professional help with your doctor for a decline in your mental health.
When we use the term 'mental health difficulties' this may be referring to a decline in your mood, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, anxiety in relation to going out or excessively worrying to name a few reasons. People may attend CBT for many reasons, including difficulties in relationships with partners, at work, self confidence. CBT can help with problems of this nature by looking at how thoughts influence feelings and may affect your behaviour which in many cases impacts functioning with day to day tasks and may cause difficulty with connecting to others and maintaining relationships.
My background and continued current vocation alongside delivering being a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist is in Mental Health Nursing. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council which is the national regulating body which governs nurses in the UK. I work part time as a mental health nurse and part time as CBT therapist (which is a great balance as I enjoy both roles! )
Being dual trained as both a Mental Health Nurse and CBT therapist I am able to do a full holistic assessment of your needs and I session plan appropriately for what your goals for therapy are. You may be taking medication alongside considering therapy or you may have tried different types therapies before and seen little improvements of your symptoms. I offer clients the opportunity to decide what aspect of their lives they would like to focus on to improve the quality of their lives.
I work with young people (ages 11 years plus) and adults (all ages). I can offer therapy to you in a safe none judgemental environment and provide you with the space to share what you feel your difficulties are. I am a therapist that cares about improving the quality of life of each individual I work with.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 in 4 people struggle with mental health difficulties at some point in their lifetime. In the year 2019 Mental health awareness is being talked about more than ever.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)is an evidence based ‘talking therapy’ which has been proven to be highly effective in working with and treating mental health problems.
The concept of CBT believes that what we think directly impacts what we feel and therefore how we behave as a result. Having CBT provides you the opportunity and space to consider how your thinking patterns affect your behaviour and your emotional state of mind as a result.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapycan help with a range of difficulties including;
· Low mood
· Sleep disorders
· Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety disorder)
· Panic disorder
· Health Anxiety
· Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD)
· Social Anxiety
· Post Traumatic Stress disorder
· Situational Anxiety
The mental health difficulties listed above is not an exclusive list. I would also like to highlight that a CBT therapist is not a psychiatrist and I do not ‘diagnose’. I simply look at the problems you are experiencing and work with you to;
1.) Understand why you are experiencing these difficulties
2.) Understand what maintains this problem which prevents you from breaking free from the cycle itself
3.) Work with you using CBT directed techniques to break the cycle.
The British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP) is nationally recognised governing body for delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can find my name listed on the BABCP website.
Number of sessions required can vary due to client presenting need and condition. Some individuals feel a short course of therapy helps while others may request additional sessions to recommended. I follow NICE guidelines in relation to recommended number of sessions required and will be able to advise on number of sessions from the initial face to face 1:1 session. Session frequency according to NICE guidelines varies between 8-16 sessions depending on condition. Top-up/ booster sessions are available following a break from therapy should this be deemed appropriate for a client’s presenting condition/ need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am both a registered mental health nurse and a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I have experience in working in NHS services and private services with children and adults. I have experience of working in a variety of settings including secure services, acute services, CAMHS and rehabilitation step down recovery services. I have experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness such as schizophrenia, bi-polar, personality disorder, as well as issues such as substance misuse, self-harm, trauma, childhood trauma. Please note that I currently only offer CBT to mild to moderate mental health difficulties privately.
Being dual trained as both a Mental Health Nurse and CBT therapist I am able to do a full holistic assessment of your needs and session plan appropriately for what your goals for therapy are. You may be taking medication alongside considering therapy or you may have tried different types therapies before and seen little improvements of your symptoms. I offer clients the opportunity to decide what aspect of their lives they would like to focus on to improve the quality of their lives.
I have also worked in the voluntary sector for almost 3 years for a mental health charity (MHIST - Bolton) delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
University of Bolton - PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy – BABCP Accredited CBT therapist
Check for accreditation status at http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx
University of Manchester - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) NMC registered nurse
CBASP trained – Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy – Treatment for individuals with Chronic depression.
What I can offer you
I offer therapy either face to face or via webcam such as skype/ face time.
Face to face appointments are provided in a beautiful countryside location at Cheshire Beauty and Wellbeing (Location: Burtonwood, Warrington.)
I also offer face to face therapy in Chorley, Lancashire at The Wellbeing Centre (Buckshaw Village; Chorley)
Please feel free to contact me via telephone or email to arrange a free 30 minute initial assessment/ consultation session over the telephone. There is no obligation to take up sessions following this.
If you feel you are unsure whether CBT is the right therapy for you please contact me. If I feel you may benefit from a different form of therapy that I cannot personally provide I will be more than happy to point you in the right direction of a professional that could help you.
If I feel your presenting needs/ difficulties are beyond my level of expertise I will do my best to guide you in the direction of someone that can help. This is part of my moral and ethical responsibility as a professional and as person.
For email enquiries please specify where you would like to access therapy: Chorley or Burtonwood as well as what days you are available to attend sessions.
Please note it is advisable for the person requiring the therapy to self- refer.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you in the future,
Training, qualifications & experience
University of Bolton - Post Graduate Diploma - Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2 years study)
University of Manchester - Degree - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) NMC registered nurse (3 years study)
CBASP Trained - Cognitive behavioral analysis system of Psychotherapy - Treatment for Chronic depression
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Between £45 - £50 per 50 minute session depending on location due to room hire.
Please enquire for more information.
Initial 30 minute telephone assessment free of charge.
Monday - Unavailable
Tuesday - 9am - 5:30pm The Wellbeing Centre - Chorley
Wednesday - Cheshire Beauty and Wellbeing Burtonwood, Warrington
Thursday - Cheshire Beauty and Wellbeing, Burtonwood, Warrington
(Sessions available @burtonwood from 9am - 8pm, Subject to availability/ case load.)
Friday - Available 9am-5pm Location varies, please enquire for information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays - Unavailable Tuesday - Chorley clinic Wednesdays - Burtonwood, Warrington Thursday 9am - 5pm - Burtonwood, Warrington Fridays - Location varies; flexible, please enquire.
Types of client