Judith Bowman PG Cert Cognitive Therapy, BABCP Accredited Psychotherapist
Please note I'm currently unable to take on any new clients.
Hello, I'm Judith, welcome to One To One Therapies.
I am an experienced and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Mental Health Clinician. I have 36 years clinical experience and training within the NHS. I am now working in private practice.
If you are reading this and looking for a therapist you could be feeling worried and a bit lost. You might be struggling to understand your problems and resolve them. I have always felt exploration and understanding of the source of an individual’s distress is fundamental in guiding treatment and recovery. In our work together we will gain a joint understanding of the cause of your difficulties and what prevents positive long lasting change. Once this is understood we can agree achievable therapy goals and plan psychological interventions to help you to feel better. Understanding your problems better leads to more self awareness, validation and most of all hope, empowerment and positive change.
I use a range of evidence based treatments which complement each other. I find that a flexible approach to therapy to suit the needs of the client is more effective whilst remaining true to therapeutic models and the scientific evidence. At our initial consultation we will discuss your current difficulties, what your needs are and what might help you. There is no pressure for you to agree to further sessions after this initial meeting, but I can make recommendations which might include one or more of the following therapies.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) When we feel worried, distressed or down we often fall into patterns of thinking and behaving which can worsen how we feel. CBT helps us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now. In CBT you are encouraged to take a full and active role in your recovery which is more likely to result in positive long lasting change. CBT is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) for the treatment for a range of depressive and anxiety disorders.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach which uses eye movements and or tapping on the body to process distressing images or memories from traumatic events. Unprocessed trauma can lead to re triggering of trauma images and memories which can have a negative impact on daily functioning and mental health. It is commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is recommended by NICE for PTSD but can be used to treat other conditions in which disturbing memories play a part.
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Some people are more vulnerable to experiencing stress and have extreme and rapidly changing emotions, for example staying upset for longer before calming down, problems with anger, fear of abandonment and difficulty in communicating when emotionally upset. Some may have a sense of emptiness or not being sure who they are. Others may dissociate or become paranoid when under stress or find stress can lead to chaotic behaviour, suicidal thoughts, self harm and substance misuse. DBT teaches you a set of skills to help you cope with stress and extreme emotions, to become more focused, to be more effective in your relationships and how to cope with crisis situations.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by helping you to challenge your inner critic and become more compassionate towards yourself and other people. It is helpful in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, particularly if there is significant self-blame, guilt and shame.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a combination of cognitive therapy interventions and mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. Mindfulness can help you to be more focused in your life, deal with situations, thoughts and emotions more skilfully and with clarity. It can help to reduce anxiety, pain, improve sleep and improve mood.
I adhere to the strict guidelines outlined by the BABCP and EMDR UK to practise as a therapist which includes ongoing training and study and monthly supervision with an experienced therapist and supervisor. Your case will be discussed with my supervisors ensuring strict confidentiality and supervision guidelines.
I have full indemnity insurance for my clinical practise. I have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. I agree to abide by the strict government guidelines on Data Protection and I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
I offer one to one therapy sessions based at our lovely secure offices at Gloucester House near the Riverside in Stockton on Tees, or telephone or Skype sessions.
Please send me a message via the message me tab above if you would like to arrange a consultation, arrange an informal chat on the phone or if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1984 and have worked in the NHS until 2020. I'm registered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an RMN.
I trained as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1997. Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mental Health Clinicians – Leeds Metropolitan University and further advanced study in 2003 Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy –University of Durham. I became an Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies ) in 2012.
CBT Supervisors Course -Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre 2004.
I am a trained EMDR therapist -EMDR Europe level 4- 2013 and a member of EMDR UK.
I am trained to provide DBT skills classes - British Isles DBT -2016
I have worked in a variety of clinical settings in the NHS including mental health inpatient and outpatient care, older persons services and community mental health teams.
I have used Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as my main therapeutic model for 24 years. Using this therapeutic model as a framework has been incredibly rewarding and satisfying for me as a therapist and for my clients.
I have been working as a Psychotherapist in a community mental health team for the past 14 years. This role included assessment and treatment of clients with a range of disorders and difficulties including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias and Fears, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood Trauma and Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Voice Hearing, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Low Self Esteem, Loss and Bereavement, Adjustment Disorder, Unexplained Physical Symptoms, Personality Disorders, Substance Misuse, Self Harm and Suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
I have extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced abuse or trauma at some time in their lives and are struggling to cope with powerful, negative emotions and unwanted images and memories.
I have lectured on the University of Teesside Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and have supervised trainee therapists.
I have provided therapy to students at Durham University as part of their student counselling services.
I have extensive experience as a CBT supervisor for other therapists and trainee therapists.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Face to face appointments at Gloucester House £50 for a 50 minute therapy session.
Telephone and Skype appointments £50 for a 50 minute therapy session.
Clinical supervision £50 for 60 minutes.
Payment by bank transfer or cash on the day please.
For late cancellation within 24 hours of the appointment a charge of 50% of the fee will be payable.
I work at Gloucester House on Wednesdays and Thursdays but I may have some flexibility in my working hours to meet your needs. Please contact me regarding my availability.