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, and I don't use jargon, but a sense of humour helps, and clients usually leave the session feeling much better than when they came in.
If we uncover unresolved issues on the way, such as grief, feelings of shame, low self worth, we can address these also, through counselling or EMDR.
For clients suffering with single or multiple trauma, I am fully trained to offer EMDR Therapy, ( Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing ), a fast and effective treatment to deal with flashbacks, nightmares, strong emotions and unpleasant physical symptoms. Clients are able to process unresolved issues so that they become past memories that no longer cause a strong reaction.
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 young people , 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, 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 UK Membership; Social Work England Registration, and I am fully insured.
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
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
Concessions offered for
£50 per session.
Sessions usually last for one hour, EMDR sessions up to 90 mins.
Flexible hours during week up to 7pm.