I am an experienced and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist offering 1:1 therapy in a safe and confidential environment.
Sometimes areas of life such as work or family can feel challenging and overwhelming or we may experience traumatic events that leave us feeling overwhelmed, distressed or isolated. Sometimes our relationships with others or ourselves leave us feeling alone or we may be struggling to live our lives in a way that feels meaningful or rewarding. Therapy can help you to understand the impact events are having on you and to learn more helpful ways of dealing with them. Change can often feel quite challenging. I bring all of my therapy experience along with an attitude of acceptance, compassion and empathy to help you to develop an understanding of how your problems may have developed and are being maintained and then support you in making the changes that you desire.
CBT can help you to build confidence, success and happiness by addressing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours. A crucial CBT concept is that thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that you hold about yourself, other people and life situations can have a huge effect on your emotional wellbeing. Sometimes the meanings that we give to events, ourselves or others can lead to difficulties such as anxiety, depression and low self esteem. We can get into patterns of worrying or self-critical thinking that can make us feel hopeless, anxious or worthless. By identifying these unhelpful thinking styles that contribute to distressing emotions, CBT can provide you with skills to learn more helpful and realistic ways of thinking and managing these emotions.
CBT is a collaborative process and we work together to help you to identify goals and develop self-awareness. Unhelpful thoughts and behaviours are identified and replaced with helpful strategies. You will learn how to change your response to negative thoughts and feelings. CBT is a therapy that requires your active participation and an important part is working on tasks between sessions agreed between us as that is how change is made.
CBT has been evidenced to be effective for a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, low self esteem, anger, pain, addiction, lack of confidence and stress. The length of therapy will depend on your circumstances but CBT usually lasts for between 8-16 sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1987, utilising this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.
EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life (www.getselfhelp.co.uk).
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, phobias, sleep problems, complicated grief, addictions, pain relief, self-esteem and performance anxiety.
My aim is to help you to make the changes that you feel are important to lead a more fulfilling life. I have over 18 years experience, knowledge and training within a wide range of settings including NHS, drug and alcohol services and therapeutic community all of which inform my practice and help me to provide a service to best meet your needs.
I offer both long and short-term work working with individuals from the age of 18 and above.
If you would like to book an appointment or to find out more about CBT or EMDR and how I might help you please give me a call or send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Social Studies with Counselling (Anglia Polytechnic University) 2005
- Higher National Diploma in Counselling (Anglia Polytechnic University) 2006Post Graduate
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Anglia Ruskin University) 2011
- Levels 1, 2 and 3 EMDR Practitioner (Richman EMDR Training) 2016 – 2017
- One Year Foundation Level Certificate in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Mindfulness Teaching Skills
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy.
£60.00 per session
£60 - per session (60 minutes)
I work mainly on Mondays all day and have some additional evening appointments.
I work all day Mondays and have some additional evening appointments
I am accredited and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and I work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice and have full professional insurance.
I am also registered with AXA and Aviva insurance companies.