CBT Therapist &EMDR Practitioner MA PGDip(Psych) DipSW CQSW
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I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, and EMDR Practitioner, with a background in Psychiatric Social Work. I have many years experience working in the field of Mental Health, (NHS and Local Authority), and although I use mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR Therapy (see below), I can draw on a range of psychological therapies, including psycho-dynamic counselling, to meet the individual needs of my clients, as I don't believe one therapy fits all.
My approach is friendly, flexible and non-judgmental. I help my clients to make sense of their situation, identify unhelpful thinking styles, and learn various tools to overcome their problems, and build resilience for the future... I basically help them to become their own therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective, evidence -based therapy (recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for the treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders, including: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Social Anxiety; Health Anxiety; Specific Phobias; Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
CBT is not rocket science, we work on the 'here and now,' challenging negative thoughts and changing behaviors that are maintaining depression and anxiety. If we uncover unresolved issues such as grief, trauma, feelings of shame and low self worth, we can address these also, through counselling or EMDR.
I don't use jargon, and a sense of humor helps. Clients usually leave the session feeling much better than when they came in, and we agree areas for the client to work on between sessions to bring about change.
For clients suffering with single or multiple trauma, I am fully trained to offer EMDR Therapy, ( Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing ).
EMDR is a comprehensive, structured psychotherapy that helps you process and recover from past experiences that continue to affect your mental health and well being. It involves helping you process negative memories and images, emotions, beliefs and body sensations associated with trauma. It helps you see things from a different perspective and relieves the symptoms associated with the trauma, such as flashbacks, nightmares, panic.
There is a strong evidence base for using EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but can also be used effectively to relieve anxiety disorders, unresolved grief and depression.
Some clients may only need a few sessions to get them on the right track, and others may have more complex issues requiring more time to resolve.
My clients set their own goal(s) and choose what they want to work on.
I am happy to work with adults, older adults, and people with long term health conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS and Fibromyalgia. I can also help people with chronic sleep problems.
You are very welcome to give me a call, and have an initial free chat to decide whether or not I might be the right therapist for you, or send me an email if you would like more information, or to make an appointment.
I am based in Caversham, I have BABCP accreditation, EMDR Europe Accreditation, plus Social Work England Registration, and I am fully insured.
Please note since the start of the pandemic I have been working on-line offering sessions via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (University of Reading)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Levels 1 to 3.
EMDR Assoc UK (Working towards full accreditation with EMDR UK and Ireland Organisation.)
MA in Health and Social Care Management (University of Westminster)
Diploma in Social Work 1981
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. 1981
I have over 30 years experience working in the field of mental health, working for both local authorities and NHS services, including Crisis Intervention teams and currently: Berkshire 'Talking Therapies' service.
I am continually learning through attending workshops and courses, reading research and regular clinical supervision.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
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
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£60 per session.
Sessions usually last for one hour, EMDR sessions up to 90 mins.
When I work
I work daytime and early evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays, plus Wednesday mornings. I can offer one off assessments/sessions on other days, depending on availability.