Josef Greenfield - Counselling Psychologist, CBT therapist (BABCP accredited)
Hello my name is Josef, thank you for coming through to my profile. I am able to offer support with over 12 years full-time experience over all the age ranges. Currently I am offering a clinic in Norwich. If you cannot get to Norwich, I also specialise in remote therapy (video/Skype and telephone counselling). As you read through my profile as an integrative psychotherapist, you will see I adjust my approach to what suits you . If you have any questions about anything please don't hesitate to contact me.
I can offer help for most difficulties. I also offer specialisms. General difficulties may include problems including anxiety or depression, feeling stuck in life, having relationship issues and problems stemming from abuse or trauma in childhood. If you want to make changes or address difficulties accurately, please read my profile.
Note: I can also offer short term crisis intervention support as well as help for long term difficulties.
ASSESSMENT IS THE BEGINNING OF THERAPY
All therapy begins with an assessment which means that you can take the time to be understood and explain your difficulties. Accurate assessment leads to satisfactory understanding that informs a 'formulation' or method we adopt to work together. We will agree how you wish to proceed and share a collaborative understanding about the rationale we adopt.
I can offer short term cognitive behavioural therapy. This is an evidence-based therapy that is simple, straight-forward and focussed. The approach works by attending to difficult emotions and distress primarily through working with methods to create more helpful thinking and behaviour. It is especially helpful for children aged around 10 upwards, being a practical, solution-focussed and easy style to use for looking at problems and understanding how to transcend them. CBT is useful for people who want to achieve goals, are focussed in outlook and want short term therapy. (See below for problem types).
Commences with a thorough exploration of problems at the outset but may take a very different format and style to CBT. It is much more exploratory and expansive with less of a 'prescriptive' methodology. It is useful for people who get overwhelmed by emotions.
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Understanding working methods
This is very effective for anxiety problems such as general anxiety from worrying, OCD, panic, social anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem and lack of confidence. It is also effective for tackling depression and low mood and feeling stuck. It can also tackle relational difficulties effectively, especially when aligned with other principles of working.
With teenagers, CBT is very helpful for approaches to motivational and confidence issues (including procrastination, study, interview techniques and generally enhancing performance). CBT method often works quickest when there is an easily identifiable problem and when a person does not especially wish to explore issues from the past.
Summary: the aim within CBT is to enable you the client to utilise and develop self effectiveness; for yourself! So: the more effective it is, the sooner you should be ready to end therapy.
This 'talking therapy' has developed to support people 'talk through' and 'explore' their difficulties. It is based in a non-judgemental relationship and founded on the capacity of the therapist to offer sensitivity to ways that enhance a therapeutic relationship with the client.
It is non-directive and does not orientate itself towards specific goals. It is a process-driven method to uncover meanings and directions with a client through exploring feelings. Non-directive means that the therapist does not offer their values or judgements and it is the client who establishes for themselves if and what they would like to change; and how they wish to achieve this.
Psychodynamic understanding is the conceptual map I use for this process. This means that understanding early and developmental experiences, in particular the influence of (any and all) relationships may offer immense insight to the current functioning of a person.
Both methods involve:
A safe therapeutic relationship and prioritise your opportunities to explore self-understanding and the capacity for self-determination and assertiveness.
In therapy we will utilise a holistic view on mental health to develop clear understanding and accuracy about the psychological causes and consequences in your life.
With an outlook towards change, development and growth, I utilise ideas of improvement cycles which recognise acceptance of realistic positive health and its potential for wellbeing.
Making changes safely
My experience of therapy is that progress and change come within the context of an open, honest and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Like all Counselling Psychologists (BPS) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (BABCP) I am bound by strict ethical codes of conduct. I can provide copies of these on request and explain them when we meet.
If any of this information is unclear and you wish to enquire more about approaches and know more from the outset about the best approach for you - then please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
If you think that I may be able to help you or if you would just like to find out more about anything I mentioned, or therapy in general, you are welcome to contact me without obligation. Please email in the first instance usually. I readily understand that choosing a therapist is a hard process. In this respect, it is entirely free of charge to make an enquiry and talk on the phone. I can offer extensive experience and a qualified professional outlook to help you make decisions that you feel comfortable with.
I provide face to face clinics in Norwich City centre and Aylsham town centre.
I am very experienced in Skype or telephone counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a therapist since 2007, my qualifications are:
- As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol), University of Roehampton 2010: BSc; PgDip; MSc; PgDip in Practice. I am fully accredited with the British Psychological Society, (BPS).
You can check my membership here: https://www.bps.org.uk/public
- I am registered with and accredited with the Health Professions Council (HCPC). This body regulates the entire range of psychological and other professions (clinical, educational, sports psychologists etc).
You can check my membership here: https://www.hcpc-uk.org
- As a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP) University of Exeter 2013:
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT. I am fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
You can check my membership here: http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.asp
1. In the NHS for adults of all ages: 2010-2013
2. Working with young adults (16-25): 2007-current
3. Working for King's College London, a Russell Group top 20 world leading university: 2013-2016
4. Working with children aged 11-18 in a Malaysian international school 2017-2018
5. Private practice, ages 8-80: 2010-current. For referral and health agencies and insurance companies.
6. I am an Associate Lecturer in counselling for the OU.
I have a degree in Psychology (University of Leeds, 1985) and later I completed an extensive 4-year postgraduate training programme at the University of Roehampton to become a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. This is perhaps the most rigourous and extensive counselling training available, reinforced with the backbone of skills as a practising psychologist.
If you wish to have an informal discussion please contact me by phone, (or email to let me know when convenient to talk). Do not leave voicemails: send a text please!
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 Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Family problems
- Grief, loss, bereavement
£40 remote therapy session.
£60 face-to-face per session - sessions last one hour.
I offer clinical supervision - please ask.
Concessions offered for
I offer clinical supervision to trainee CBT therapists, psychologists and trained counsellors.
I can provide schools, groups and organisation psycho-educational courses, workshops or programmes on issues including: anxiety; academic/exam performance; exam stress/anxiety; depression; procrastination; mindfulness; adoption; resilience and other topics.
All counselling I undertake is governed by a confidentiality agreement and fully supervised through the BPS and BABCP. I undertake clinical supervision once per month to guide practice.
As a registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist I fully subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the British Psychological Society.